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Curiosity’s Seven Minutes of Terror

On Aug 6th, NASA’s nearly 1 ton super rover “Curiosity” reaches the red planet. This must-see video details the final descent to Mars. Enjoy! http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/index.html?media_id=146903741  

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Businessweek bemoans US role in emergent particle science

The Large Hadron Collider, the French atom-smashing mini black hole machine of some fame, is in the news again as they approach a significant benchmark for collisions and data collection. An announcement is expected this year on the search for … Continue reading

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an unbreakable record?

Time to check some really old math, again. More than a hundred years of well-proven science assume just a few things are perfectly constant; Newton’s gravitational constant and the velocity of light are on the short list. Our most treasured … Continue reading

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Awesome NOVA special on fractals

Here is a link to a fantastic recent episode of NOVA that explores fractals. You can watch the entire episode online. There are also links to more information on Benoit Mandelbrot,  considered to be the father of modern fractal geometry,  … Continue reading

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Virtual atom smasher in LHC@Home 2.0 | iSGTW

New distributed-computing software based on the SETI@Home project framework lets you donate a few spare CPU cycles to research at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. See link the following link for more info: Virtual atom smasher in LHC@Home 2.0 | iSGTW.

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on the hunt for dark matter

In case you missed it, here is a spot of cool science news. The AMS02 – “alpha magnetic spectrometer” launched on board the space shuttle discovery mission STS-134. Among its many lofty goals once operational on the ISS are answers … Continue reading

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la doomsday machine?

Beware: The French have powered on the doomsday machine. The Large Hadron Collider at CERN has weathered several such search-engine-friendly media sound bytes, and is no stranger to the woes of sensationalism in science. Leading up to it’s first months … Continue reading

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