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  1. Scientists Are Trying to Detect Parallel Universes With CERN’s Large Hadron Collider

    Doctor Who "Doomsday": 1. Actual doomsday: 0.

    The CERN Large Hadron Collider is gearing up for a new round of experiments, and things could get interesting this time with mini black holes and the discovery of parallel universes. We anxiously await the announcement of their discovery from Bad Wolf Bay.

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  2. This Is An Awesome Opera/Dance Piece Filmed Inside CERN’s Large Hadron Collider

    You need some Deep Thought for this one.

    When you think of CERN's Large Hadron Collider you probably think of science, not opera or dancers in hardhats. But filmmaker and media artist Ruben Van Leer's Symmetry might change all that.

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  3. Things We Saw Today: Historic Women in STEM Cameo Jewelry

    Things I Need Today.

    Auberg Designs is now hand-making these beautiful Historical Women in STEM pendants! Including Grace Hopper, Ada Lovelace, Hypatia, Sophie Germaine, Hedy Lamarr, and Marie Curie. If you dig them, everything in the shop is 20% off today! (via Facebook)

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  4. Stephen Hawking Warns “God” Particle Could Kill Us All If Science Gets Enough Funding

    "Not if we kill God first!"—Philip Pullman [Citation needed]

    In his foreword for the new book Starmus: 5 Years of Man in Space, Stephen Hawking warns that the Higgs boson particle (also called the "God" particle, because monotheism) discovered by CERN scientists in 2012 and thought to give matter its mass, could destroy the Universe and "we wouldn't see it coming."

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  5. CERN Has Broken Ground on a New Experiment Called AWAKE

  6. Things We Saw Today: Lots of April Fools’ Day Gags

    As they have become famous for, ThinkGeek.com rolled out a bunch of "new" products today. Unfortunately they're all April Fools' Day jokes. The one we're most upset over? The Klingon Rosetta Stone. Because seriously, I've always wanted to learn Klingon. But also, the Unicorn Drinking Horn (pictured above) should go into production immediately. Only larger. Much larger. 

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  7. 7 Geek Vacation Destinations

    We find your lack of relaxation disturbing.

    Culturally, Summer is over, and the autumnal equinox is just a few days away to make it official, so we figure it's a great time to start daydreaming about next year's Summer vacation. We've put together some suggestions for geeky destinations you may not have considered so you can start planning early.

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  8. CERN Relaunched the First Web Page to Remind You How Cool the World Wide Web Really Is

    Sir Tim Berners-Lee is a big deal as far as Internet fame goes since he invented the world wide web. He was working for CERN when he created the first web page, so now CERN is preserving his effort. To celebrate twenty years of the world wide web, CERN has preserved the original web page and the hardware and software used to create it.

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  9. Handy Video Explains Why the Large Hadron Collider Shut Down, Shows the Repairs Being Made

    The Large Hadron Collider shut down last month for what is expected to be a two year period of upgrades and repair. Since the field of particle physics and the giant machines used to study it can be pretty complex, CERN released a short video explaining part of what will be going on in the LHC's downtime. Turns out that even though the LHC won't be operating, it's going to be a very busy place.

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  10. It’s (Mostly) Official: That’s A Higgs Boson, Alright

    After almost a year of suspense as physicists at CERN sifted through figures, parsed data, and double and triple checked their math, this morning saw the team behind the discovery of the Higgs boson finally confident enough to officially announce to the world that they had, in fact, really found a Higgs boson. The only thing that's uncertain now is which Higgs boson they've found, because come on, it wouldn't really be physics without at least one question left unanswered.

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  11. Let’s Call a Higgs a Higgs: Physicists Say Particle Discovered at CERN Looks More Like Higgs Boson

    The particle discovered last year is largely believed to be the Higgs boson, but it seems like nobody wants to be the one to officially name it that for fear of being wrong, but this week physicists presented new evidence at the Rencontres de Moriond derived from data taken from the ATLAS and CMS collaborations at CERN that said the new particle discovered looks more like the Higgs boson than it did before, and they're one step closer to calling it.

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  12. Hey, Teenagers: Do Science, Win Prizes! Google Science Fair Now Taking Subsmissions

    If you're a student between the ages of 13 and 18 with an interest in science, then grab your lab coat and get to work. Google is taking submissions for their third annual Google Science Fair as of today. They've partnered up with CERN, LEGO, National Geographic, and Scientific American to offer some truly amazing prizes that include scholarships, an expedition to the Galapagos, and a week shadowing a particle physicist at Fermilab.

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  13. Hang Out With CERN This Thursday, Talk About Particle Physics and Mice Versus Mammoths

    Sunday saw the first Large Hadron Collider physics beams of the year. Hooray! The scientists at CERN smashed together lead ions and protons in an attempt to study quark-gluon plasma, believed to be the primordial state of matter in the moments after the Big Bang. If that all sounds very complicated and you'd like someone to explain it you who really knows what they're talking about, now's your chance! Rather, Thursday is your chance. The folks at CERN will be hosting another Google Hangout to talk about the new beams, why they're using lead ions, and who would win in a fight between a mouse and a mammoth.

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  14. The Full-Length Zombie Movie Made By Physics Students At CERN

    Braaaaiiiinnnnns

    Last month we showed you a trailer for Decay, a film being made by Luke Thompson and Clara Nellist, both Ph.D. students in physics. They filmed it at CERN, which you may know is home to the Large Hadron Collider, and it the plot involves the Higgs Boson particle turning people into zombies. If that doesn't sell you, I don't know what will. You can find out more information at DecayFilm.com but now, sit back, relax, and enjoy the feature. (via io9) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  15. Physics Students Made a Zombie Movie In the Home of the Large Hadron Collider [VIDEO]

    Braaaaiiiinnnnns

    There are a lot of zombie movies out there. But Decay is the only one filmed in CERN, a.k.a. the home of the Large Hadron Collider. The film is the brainchild (mmmm… brains) of Luke Thompson and Clara Nellist, both Ph.D. students in physics, who despite having no filmmaking experience decided that, dammit, they were going to make a film about exposure to the Higgs Boson particle turning people into zombies. (If that sounds critical, it's unintentional—jumping in and just doing it is a time-honored method for indie film.)

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  16. Score One for Science: Entire Field of Particle Physics Slowly Switching to Open-Access Publishing

    The way in which peer-reviewed scientific papers currently get published and distributed is nonsensical. Rather than providing this knowledge to the masses in order to breed further understanding and innovation, the specifics of breakthroughs are often locked behind subscriptions and other monetary systems. Thanks to CERN and the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics, the field of particle physics will soon see the majority of their scientific discoveries made free to the public.

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  17. Paralympic Opening Celebrates Science, Includes Higgs Boson Discovery

    The opening ceremony for the 2012 Paralympic Games was held last night in London and included references to some very important scientific discoveries. This ranged from the Big Bang to what was apparently a representation of the recent discovery of what many are calling the Higgs boson particle. It's a bit hard to tell, though, given that the elusive particle was apparently represented by a bunch of silver umbrellas.

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  18. CERN Breaks Record for Hottest Man-Made Temperature

    Remember CERN? Sure you do! They were the folks with the Large Hadron Collider who discovered that Higgs boson thing back in July. Well, they're at it again with all their science and their 17-mile-long particle accelerator, and they've even broken a world record. CERN's physicists have created the highest human-made temperature in history with their ALICE heavy ion collider, beating the previous record of four trillion Kelvin. ALICE produced a quark-gluon plasma, a sort of subatomic milkshake if you replace the milk with quarks, the ice cream with gluons, the blender with a large ion collider, and the cherry on top with ground-breaking scientific discovery. This is starting to sound less and less like a milkshake. Read on for the full scoop.

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  19. The Strange, ‘Horrible’ Tale of The Web’s First Photo

    the internet is serious business

    It might seem preposterous, but the first photo on the World Wide Web wasn't a cat meme -- it was an ensemble shot of Les Horribles Cernettes, a comedy band based at the CERN laboratory near Geneva. Let that sink in for a moment. Hit the jump to hear more about how the web's very first photo anticipated poorly photoshopped Myspace and Facebook group profile pics by about 20 years!

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  20. Finding a Higgs-Boson-Consistent Particle Is So Cool We Don’t Know How to Express It: Here’s a Sonnet

    she blinded me with science

    But this is just noted sharpie-wielding math and science expert Vihart's take on CERN's announcement that they've found, to within 99.9999% sureity, a new type of boson. And that that new particle, so far as we can tell (pending more research), conforms to the theoretical qualities of a Higgs boson. You might also be interested in knowing a bit more about what a Higgs boson is, and why it's important. For that, we can go to Jorge Cham's, of PHD Comics, cartoon rendering of a scientist's explanation:

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