So, Fermilab have today reported further data suggesting the existence of the elusive Higgs Boson (http://blog.vixra.org/). Pair this with the leaks pouring out of CERN that they too have collected more evidence indicating the particle’s existence (http://j.mp/HiggsParticle ), and it’s starting to seem increasingly likely that the particle does indeed exist!
Just in case you live under a rock, here is a lovely guide to identifying the Higgs in your backyard.
Pat on the back, Science!
Not often I get all hunny-buggery, but this is true.
Stunning Map Reveals World’s Earthquakes Since 1898
by Andrea Mustain
If you’ve ever wondered where — and why — earthquakes happen the most, look no further than a new map, which plots more than a century’s worth of nearly every recorded earthquake strong enough to at least rattle the bookshelves.
The map shows earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 or greater since 1898; each is marked in a lightning-bug hue that glows brighter with increasing magnitude.
The overall effect is both beautiful and arresting, revealing the silhouettes of Earth’s tectonic boundaries in stark, luminous swarms of color…
(read more: OurAmazingPlanet) (image: John Nelson, IDV Solutions)
Jumping spiders; trivialising ‘complex’ vertebrate behaviour since c. 500 mya.
This is old, but definitely worth revisiting.
Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.
— George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four.
“We are star stuff which has taken its destiny into its own hands. The loom of time and space works the most astonishing transformations of matter. We are a way for the universe to know itself” - Carl Sagan.
This diagram breaks down the average elemental composition of Homo sapiens. We are, quite literally, stardust. Sound, ey?
Van Gogh’s Starry Night? No. This is one of the many awe-inspiring photographs, taken by Cosmonaut Yurchikhin, of Earth from above. Clicking on the photograph will take you to the 50 most impressive shots from Yurchikhin’s collection. Enjoy!
Photo credit: Cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin and the Russian Space Agency Press Services.