A close-up photo of the Lego model of the ATLAS detector at CERN.
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Playing with Legos at Work!

Over the last few weeks we’ve been spending a lot of time here at the University of Oslo putting together a Lego model of the ATLAS detector. The ATLAS detector …

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#AskAChemist: What’s making up my make-up?

This week on Ask A Chemist… I recently purchased bareMinerals’ liquid foundation ‘BARESKIN’ at Sephora. The package insert says it’s “formulated without” water, oil, or silicone. What the hell is …

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Kavin is a Skepchick Now

Hi readers! I’ve just joined the ranks of some of the most brilliant feminist critical-thinkers on Earth, so I’d like to introduce myself. Some of you won’t have heard of …

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#AskAChemist: The LA treatment

This is the first installment of Ask A Chemist. Here’s a question received from LA peep @SurlyAmy… L.A. Valley is switching from chlorine to chloramine to clean up the water system (which …

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Get a Free Crash Course in Astronomy

Our longtime friend and inspiring genius of our galaxy, that badass himself (more accurately known far and wide as the Bad Astronomer) Mr Phil Plait has a brand-spanking new video series …

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When Curiosity Kills

Science is a tool, and is inherently about understanding and knowledge. But science has also been used to destroy, a topic often explored in science fiction. Science is a double-edged …

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What’s your chemistry question?

Perhaps you’d like to know… How is a chemistry mole different from a furry mole and saucy mole? Is CS smoke different from tear gas? What’s the chemistry of personal lubricants and what’s a lube ingredient …

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Global Quickies: Charlie Hebdo, Fighting Violence With Science, and Bans on Driving and Petting Puppies

ARAB WORLD (from Mary) Arab newspapers around the world react to Charlie Hebdo attack. INDIA “Indian police are investigating a local Muslim politician for inciting hatred after he was quoted …

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