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Rhode Island (RI), shoe-horned between Connecticut and Massachusetts in New England, is the smallest of the 50 states comprising the United States. Providence, RI is the capitol and home to Brown, one of America's finest universities; Newport, is the site of some of the most palatial homes in the entire country. The state is also famous for its lobsters, although, to convey its reputation for crooked politicians, its detractors will characterize Rhode Island as, "... the state of lobsters and mobsters." I was in New England last weekend to attend a memorial service for physicist Norman Ramsey who passed away last November. Professor Ramsey, who received the 1987 Nobel Prize in Physics for the invention of the atomic clock, was as gracious and kind as he was brilliant to the very end. I wrote a tribute to him four months ago for National Geographic Newswatch. I will also write a blog about the Ramsey Symposium that took place.

The scene is a beach in the sleepy fishing town of Matunuck, South County, Rhode Island, shortly before dusk.

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