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Scientist-musician Saul Perlmutter 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 – Einstein’s science and music

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…

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 Jose Carlos Marcelino of Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil, for…

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.) Thanks…

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 LHC pictures and explanations. Look at the size of…

Renaissance people trivia quiz – Answers Part 2

I didn’t forget the second part of the answers to the Renaissance People Trivia Quiz! Answers – Part 2: 6. Which actress is co-author on a neuroscience paper about frontal lobe activation? Natalie Portman‘s big career breakthrough was the role of Padma Amidala in “Star Wars Episode I – The…

Renaissance people trivia quiz – Answers Part 1

It turned out too lengthy for one post, so here is the first half of the answers to the Renaissance people trivia quiz: 1. Which British composer invented a “sulphuretted hydrogen machine” in his home laboratory? Sir Edward Elgar used to carry out chemistry experiments in the basement of his…

Renaissance people trivia quiz

Ten famous people, all with an interest in science, but none of them famous for their involvement in science. Instead, you’ll know each of these for their contributions to music, film, literature, fine arts, or photography. Who are these Renaissance people, or what is described here? [update: Answers 1-5, Answers…

Look up to the skies, and see! Brian May back to physics

Did you know that Brian May quit his PhD in astrophysics to tour with Queen? In 1969 he was in the advanced thesis writing stage when he gave up the galaxy stars for rock stars. Of course, playing in a world famous rock band is a reasonable excuse to quit…

Resonance patterns or Chladni patterns

There’s a video of Chladni patterns or resonance patterns on YouTube. Turn down the volume before you watch this! I don’t have sound here, but according to the comments on the YouTube page, it’s a nasty sound, and will upset pets. I watched it without sound, and that works fine….