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Scientist-musician wins Nobel Prize

Happy to hear that Saul Perlmutter has won a Nobel Prize today! We met at SciFoo 2010 and I’ve spoken with him last year (and earlier this year, according to my email archives) about a music-in-physics course he organised. He’s also a musician himself, and plays violin. Congrats to Saul,…

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Einstein’s Universe

Last week, James Dacey let me know about an interview he did for PhysicsWorld: In the first video, particle physicist Brian Foster and violinist Jack Liebeck talk about Einstein’s musical career and about a show they do together called “Einstein’s Universe”, which is a lecture interspersed with music. In the…

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BLAST! on TV

I previously wrote about the documentary BLAST! when I saw it at HotDocs last year. If you’re in Canada and you haven’t seen it yet, you can catch it on TV soon. It is being broadcast by Discovery Channel Canada on February 21st at 7:30 PM EST.

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IgNobels announced

Funnier than the Nobel Prizes, the IgNobels highlight research that makes you laugh. The research itself is completely valid and serious, but the topics can be funny. Among this year’s winners (copied from the site) -Astolfo G. Mello Araujo and José Carlos Marcelino of Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil, for…

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Street Corner Science

ScienCentral has two videos on their site of a project where they put Nobel Prize-winning physicist Leon Lederman at a desk on the street, from where he answered questions about science. Which Nobel Prize winning scientist would you like talk to on the street?

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Has the Large Hadron Collider Destroyed the World Yet?

Concerned conference attendees at the Perimeter Institute anxiously follow the Has the Large Hadron Collider Destroyed the World Yet? website. Has it? Has it now? Let’s refresh it to be sure! (Actually we were laughing about the source code of the site. Wait, that’s probably even geekier. Never mind.)

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LHC pictures

Flickr user µµ works on one of the particle physics experiments that will be carried out on the Large Hadron Collider, and uploaded some pictures of the LHC-under-construction to the Flickr group pool. She also has an entire set with more pics and explanations. Look at the size of the…

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April 1

I’m not good at April Fool’s, but I’m entertained by some of the jokes so far. I like the very subtle Spacing Hut post and was actually tricked by Metafilter‘s slowly changing colours. (I didn’t think it was weird, though. I just thought: “Oh, it’s a different colour now. Maybe…

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Doodles

Chris of Jacks of Science has posted a Flickr gallery of some of the doodles he drew in the margins of his third year Physics class notes. They’re all really great! Chris says: “I may even scan my previous years of doodles so you can see how much I’ve improved…