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Jen, one of the links is bugged. There really is such a place as discoverymagazine.com, but they aren't affiliated with Discover Magazine, so the link should not have the "Y". :) Here's the correct URL:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/loom/2008/09/16/fungus-opera

Rock on, chica!

I just got in trouble with the ladyfriend for watching that nerdy burlesque wonderbra video on this post... THANKS Jennifer!

Hey, don't say you didn't know what it was going to be like! :) I considered not embedding it, but everyone would have clicked on the link anyway just to see for themselves...

I will try to fix the broken link tonight. It's on Carl Zimmer's blog, The Loom: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com


I noticed that you mentioned that the world is still here after the CERN experiment. Well they haven't done it yet (the collision I mean). They only tested one direction and then the other. The collision (which may produce microscopic black holes) is scheduled later. See the schedule below:
What is the schedule of the ATLAS Experiment?
ATLAS Schedule 2008 and forward

10 Sept. -- First splashes of particles in the ATLAS detector as LHC circulates first beams (in both directions). No collision events were planned, but the particles in the detector were used to debug and setup the detector.

11 Sept.-early October -- Continued tuning up of LHC allows periodic particles into the detector for further setup of detector. Cosmic ray events are used for similar purposes.

Early October (perhaps earlier) -- First event collisions at the "low" energy of 0.9 TeV (colliding 0.45 TeV beam with the counter-rotating 0.45 TeV beam).

November -- First event collisions at energy of 10 TeV (colliding 5 TeV beam with 5 TeV beam). Previous world record is 2 TeV.

Mid-December -- Winter shutdown for cost savings and improvements to LHC and ATLAS.

April 2009 -- Restart LHC and ATLAS at energy of 14 TeV and begin several months of intensive data taking before next winter shutdown. First papers with early results may come in late summer 2009.

Next 15-20 years -- Continued data taking with publication of results on an ongoing basis.

A friend who watched The Science of Sexy wants the whole thing re-shot with Cyd Charisse. The science was better in the good old days.

Cyd Charisse would be an excellent choice! Also a better dancer. :)

That one's almost as good - or maybe even better - than the famous Honda commercial:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkzr0naZnZ0

... which was shot in one take (I forget how many times they had to try it). Falling Water looks like one take, too, and as a plus has a few parallel processes.

Hi Jennifer! I love your comments on how anti-intellectualism is absorbing the GOP. And since this Jus' Plain Folk bit seems to be working politically for them, we know that it has infected the population as a whole. Try to get a teenager motivated about science in such an environment.

I just happened across this while searching for something else, I like it, keep up the good work!

The problem with education is it's buearacracy not it's financing. It already has plenty of our taxes fed to it, it's just misspent. It's no different from when we send money to help foreign countries, it all goes to build some palace or nuclear weapons and the people still live on rice.

If you look at that little pie chart you get when it's time to vote on your local school budget, look at where most of it goes... it's not books, not supplies, most of it is staff... wage and bene increases... and how much of that do you suppose actually goes to the good teachers as opposed to the bad ones and the management... and then there's the ol' "hurry up and run out of everything on purpose so we can cry poverty next year" (and don't even try to tell us that doesn't happen, we've all known enough state-employees and managers to know better).

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