• FeaturedA close-up photo of the Lego model of the ATLAS detector at CERN.

    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 is one of the four main particle detectors sitting on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva. The ATLAS experiment was one of the two main experiments involved…

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    Skepchick Sundaylies: “Poorly Written, Abusive Erotica,” Racist Color Names, Scottish Independence, and Boy/Girl Sleepovers

    Sunday Funny: Love Your Body (HT: io9) and Writing Skills (via xkcd) Teen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 112: Sea Shell Resonance Why do hear the ocean in sea shells? Physics, of course! 50 Shades of Fail: Chapter 2 Yeah Uh, I totally Love DIY, Yeah Ha Ha Ha, This Isn’t Wildly Inappropriate at All. “Come with me and you’ll…

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    Science — The Ultimate Olive Branch

    A collaboration has been brewing in a part of the world known more for turmoil than unity. Middle Eastern countries are in the midst of working together to build a particle accelerator similar to CERN, the famous Switzerland laboratory. Sesame is an international research center being built in the foothills of Amman, Jordan. It is scheduled to open and begin…

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  • Top Secret Pics from Inside CERN

    Skepchick reader “NotReallyAlice” has come through with top secret photos from inside the CERN research center, where about four hours ago scientists successfully fired up the Large Hadron Collider. Of course, it’s a joke — there just isn’t any danger of a black hole destroying the earth. More pics after the jump! CMS stands for Compact Muon Solenoid, which as…

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  • LHC: The End of the World as We Know It?

    As you may know, tomorrow (Wednesday, September 10 2008) is the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine. You see, that’s when scientists at the CERN research center in Switzerland will be hitting a giant red button (I made that detail up) on the side of an enormous machine called the Large Hadron Collider. That…

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  • When my favourite things collide

    I don’t think that the genius of Chris Morris has penetrated the USA, which is a shame as he is one of the greatest comedy and satire brains of all time. Even in the UK, he’s somewhat counter-culture, and his satire shows such as Brass Eye and The Day Today were fairly obscure by TV standards. Oh, except for the…

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