Science Doesn’t Sleep (6.30.08)

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So here’s what went down after you logged off.

If you found an ancient whistle in the bony hand of a Aztec skeleton, would you play it? Roberto Velazquez did, and lived to tell the tale.

Articles about CERN’s Large Hadron Collider – and whether or not it will destroy the universe – have been flooding the internet. The Daily Galaxy puts it best: “particle theorists are NOT Bond villains.”

100 years ago today - Earth got in the way of a small piece of cosmic debris, which exploded about 5 – 10 km from the ground. From Bad Astronomer: “The air blast flattened trees for hundreds of square kilometers. The ground shook, witnesses felt the hellish heat from kilometers away, and the shock wave circled the world.” And that was a small piece.

Discover Magazine has an interesting new list – 20 Things You Didn’t Know About Oil. (And no, #1 is not how much it will cost next week.)

In case you missed Shelley’s awesome comment on the blog last week – you can now follow the Phoenix Mars Lander on Twitter, @MarsPhoenix. A recent post: “Want to see if subsurface ice shows evidence of periodic meltings &/or other indicators of possible past or present habitat for microbes.”

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