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Ya really gotta love this if there is an ounce of science in your bones.

Go to this site (h/t SciGuy at the Houston Chronicle)

The link is real time. Enjoy!

I’d say, well, what does a Bach cantata or a Picasso painting do for us? I think the point is we are human beings, and one of the most wonderful aspect of being human beings is being creative and asking questions and trying to understand our place in the universe. And it is absolutely true that understanding the beginning and end of the universe is not going to produce a better toaster. But I’m always amazed that people – for me, one of the great virtues of science is it’s a cultural activity, like art and literature and music. It enhances the experience of being human, and it addresses the questions that I’m sure you’ve asked about your own existence.

And if we can get new insights into our own existence and our place in the cosmos, well, that’s what happens when we attend a good play or see a good painting. It gives us a new perspective of our place in the universe. And I happen to think that is worth it for its own sake. Plus, I happen to think these ideas are among the most remarkable and astounding ideas human beings have ever come up with. And we owe it to – we scientists owe it to the people to try and explain what’s happening, and I think they enhance the quality of our existence.

The entire interview from NPR Science Friday can be found here.

and have some pretty good moves too! (via Wired)

I find Stewart Brand’s pragmatic approach to environmental issues refreshing. Ideologues of any stripe are tiresome at best and at worst, reek havoc on the very things that they profess to hold dear. The Edge article hyperlinked above and associate articles in the recent edition are worth a read. He can be quite provocative.

The Brits do this kind of stuff so damn well…

(via New Scientist)

First sound ever was maybe something like this? But that primal band was so hot that you could not stay in the same universe. I recommend going to the link near the end of the article to access the extended version narrated by the researchers.

This morning the protons began to collide. Let the particle physics festivities begin!

…you know, those “signals from the 11th dimension”?. (via Wired)

I enjoy reading news stories about developments in the field of quantum physics but freely admit that it’s a subject I just cannot seem to get my mind wrapped around. But this development brings the quantum show a little bit closer to the world that we actually experience. (via kottke)

Andrew Cleland at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his team cooled a tiny metal paddle until it reached its quantum mechanical ‘ground state’ — the lowest-energy state permitted by quantum mechanics. They then used the weird rules of quantum mechanics to simultaneously set the paddle moving while leaving it standing still. The experiment shows that the principles of quantum mechanics can apply to everyday objects as well as as atomic-scale particles.

Could be a real problem at traffic lights.

Now that’s a rap.

Tom McFadden, performer in the video and instructor in the human biology program at Stanford University:

I’ve found that subjects like glycolysis, the citric acid cycle and the electron transport chain are some of the most feared and loathed concepts among people who’ve taken biology, mainly because some teachers emphasize memorization over concepts. Yet in reality, the way we turn “what we eat” into “what we do” is so relevant to everyone’s daily life that it ought to be inherently interesting. The video stylistically pays homage to two songs, “Hate it or Love it,” by 50 cent, and “On to the next one,” by Jay-Z. Once again, instead of bragging about stacks of cash we’re rapping about making “stacks” of ATP.”

(via NYT)