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Things We Saw Today: If Game of Thrones Was Cats

I don’t really have anything more to ad. (GQ)

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The Future Is Now!

Symphony of Science Autotunes the Discovery of the Higgs Boson [VIDEO]

There might be a time when I get sick of Symphony of Science’s videos featuring scientists grooving out in all their autotuned glory, but it’s not here yet. Their latest video, called “The Face of Creation,” is about one of the year’s biggest scientific (probable) discoveries: The Higgs boson.

Join me in raising a glass of imaginary wine to whatever it is scientists end up discovering in 2013. My fingers are crossed, as always, for aliens.

(via: I Heart Chaos)

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Braaaaiiiinnnnns

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

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)

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the internet is serious business

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

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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she blinded me with science

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

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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