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To see little, build big

October 3, 2012 | By

One of the greatest ironies of physics is that to see the smallest things in the Universe we need huge machines. The Compact Muon Solenoid detector (or just CMS for short) is one of two extremely complex – and very, very large – pieces of equipment used by CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva […]

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Emerald Isle time lapse

September 18, 2012 | By

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a beautiful time lapse video, so here’s one that should do the trick: "Between the Raindrops", by Peter Cox. It shows some inclement weather in Ireland, but ends with a lovely astronomical sight: a lunar eclipse setting over some hills. Make sure to set it to be full […]

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Higgs!

July 4, 2012 | By

Scientists using the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva have announced the discovery of a new subatomic particle to very high confidence that is consistent with what we expect the Higgs particle to look like. Ye. GADS. This plot shows the discovery as seen in one of the LHC detectors. Hang tight, and I’ll explain it! […]

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TED talks now on Netflix… including mine

March 15, 2012 | By

I just got a press release that the folks behind the TED conference have partnered with Netflix, and many of the TED talks will now be available through the online video server. That’s pretty cool! Even cooler: my own TED talk, "How to Defend Earth from Asteroids" is one of their initial offerings! They packaged […]

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I'll be on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on Wednesday night!

February 28, 2012 | By

I am really ridiculously happy to announce that I’ll be a guest on the CBS TV program "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" Wednesday night February 29! I’m a huge fan of Craig’s (see Related Posts below for articles I’ve written about his show) for a lot of reasons, mostly because he’s obviously very […]

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This is a galaxy

January 26, 2012 | By

I have nothing to add to this, except to say it’s great, and I saw it because Brian Cox mentioned it on Twitter. Oh yeah: one more thing; watch it in HD and full screen. Coooool.

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Why are atoms mostly empty space?

December 28, 2011 | By

Professor Brian Cox is a physicist in England, very well-known there as a popularizer of science. The reasons for this are many-fold, including his ubiquity across media (including podcasts, Twitter, and of course TV)… but also because he has an infectious enthusiasm for science coupled with a boyish charm. This was all on display recently […]

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Mass effect: Maybe Higgs, maybe not

December 13, 2011 | By

Today, scientists at CERN in Geneva announced their results for their search for the Higgs boson, a subatomic particle that, if it exists, is thought to be responsible for giving other particles mass. It’s no exaggeration to call it a keystone in quantum mechanics, and finding it for sure will be a huge accomplishment for […]

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Symphony of Science: Onward to the Edge

November 9, 2011 | By

A new Symphony of Science has come out today, in honor of Carl Sagan’s birthday. And I’m pleased to see it features three people I call friends: Neil Tyson, Brian Cox, and Carolyn Porco: Isn’t that wonderful? Symphony of Science is the work of musician John Boswell, who takes the words of scientists and creates […]

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xkcd on neutrinos

September 23, 2011 | By

I have a hard time thinking that my readers need to be reminded to read the web comic xkcd, but just in case, Randall Munroe chimes in on the faster-than-light neutrino controversy. Go read the comic now, since I spoil it below… In fact, I agree with his idea, and said as much on Google+ […]

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