Science Doesn’t Sleep (7.30.08)

heaven below
So, how deep do you think
this thing goes?
Creative Commons License photo credit: alonis

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

Despite being repeatedly accused of plotting to destroy the universe, the physicists at CERN have retained their sense of humor – and they’ve used it to create a rap video explaining just what they’re up to over there. And – probably not surprisingly – it’s the best, simplest explanation I’ve seen yet.

In an effort to discover new species – and set a world record – Russian explorers will attempt to get to the bottom of Lake Baikal – the world’s largest and deepest lake.

New research is challenging whether scientists really discovered preserved soft tissue from a T. rex – or whether it is just bacterial slime.

68- to 145-million year old plant fossils in India are being crushed up for road construction. (via)

A lab in Beijing will be made available to test “suspect” female athletes’ gender - a tradition that goes back 50 years.

Titan – one of Saturn’s moons – has confirmed, natural electrical activity, one of the factors that scientists believe increases the possibility of the formation of life.