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  1. Things We Saw Today: Do You Even Party City, Dog?

    Like this is gonna fool the undead.

    Well, this is upsetting. If you want your pet to be the dog park outcast, you can find one of these costumes on Amazon.

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  2. 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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  3. Four Quarks Good, Two Quarks Bad: Scientists Detect New Kind of Subatomic Particle

    Particle accelerators in Japan and China may have turned up evidence of a never-before-suspected subatomic particle.

    Researchers at two different particle accelerators have discovered what looks like evidence of the existence of particles composed of four quarks. Don't know what that means? Don't worry, the scientists involved aren't quite sure what to think yet, either. They don't even know if the results are truly new particles of just misleading blips in mountains of data. One thing  is for sure, though -- if you thought we were done talking about particle physics once we found the Higgs boson, guess again.

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  4. Everything You Need to Know About Particle Accelerators in a Three Minute Cartoon

    It should come as no surprise to regular Geekosystem readers that we're big fans of cartoons over here. We're also mad into things like particle accelerators. So when we come across something like this recent TEDEducation explanation of how particle accelerators -- or atom smashers, as they're more awesomely known --  work using the medium of cartoons, it's a match made in heaven for us. We're pretty sure you'll dig it, too.

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  5. Learn How a Particle Accelerator Works, Using Junk Food [Video]

    Particle accelerators look like donuts, so why not use donuts to explain particle accelerators? That was the thinking by Harriet Bailey and Alice Lighton who use donuts, Kit-Kats, Twizzlers, some kind of strudel-like thing, and far less edible ball bearings to explain what a synchrotron does. By the end of the video, you'll be a little bit smarter. Probably also hungry.

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  6. Check Out This Fractal Art Made by Blasting Plastic With a Particle Accelerator

    There are plenty of ways to create art. You can draw, you can paint, you can write, or you can rent time at a particle accelerator and fire supercharged electrons into acrylic slabs and then hit the slabs with a hammer so the electrons scald fractal patterns into the slab as they escape. I lean towards writing, but man, that particle accelerator thing sounds cool too. That particular medium is Todd Johnson's chosen specialty and he calls the results by the awesome name of Shockfossils.

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  7. Nano-glass Could Be the Next Thing in Computer Memory Storage

    Researchers at the University of Southampton have developed a new kind of nano-glass memory storage that stores data in glass lenses that can read with light. It works a little something like this: Lasers can be used to etch nano-voxels (volumetric or 3D pixels) onto the glass storage disk. This etching alters the way light beams through the lens and the resulting light patterns can be read much in the same way optical fibers are. One of the main innovations here is scale. When you think of pixels on your screen, they're tiny, but you can still see them if you look closely enough, even if you have to zoom in a little bit. These laser-engraved voxels, on the other hand, are molecular in size. The plains at which the voxels are embedded can be measured in tens of nanometers, or in layman's terms, crazy thin plains. Naturally, this makes for ultra-compact data storage.

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