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Things We Saw Today: David Oyelowo to Voice Disney Villain Scar in The Lion Guard

Be prepared! While it's difficult to imagine anyone living up to Jeremy Irons as Scar in Disney's classic The Lion King, David Oyelowo is an amazing choice as the voice of the disgruntled feline with vengeance in his heart.

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Weasel Takes Down World’s Largest Particle Accelerator, Probably Gets Superpowers

(Because that's a nicer thought than its actual fate.)

In what is very definitely a superhero origin story, a weasel was zapped by the Large Hadron Collider, the world's most powerful particle accelerator, and caused it to shut down. Sure, the scientists at CERN say the weasel was killed by the electric jolt it got from gnawing through one of the particle accelerator's power cables, but we all know the truth: Superweasel is out there.

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CERN’s Large Hadron Collider Publicly Releases Huge 300 TB Experiment Data Bank

Good luck downloading it.

CERN's Large Hadron Collider, the biggest, most powerful particle accelerator in the world, made headlines when it facilitated the discovery of the Higgs boson particle, but it's produced so much more data than just that one attention-grabber. In the interest of preserving data from the countless particle collisions the LHC has performed, the CMS Collaboration at CERN has now released over 300 TB of experiment data to the public—provided that public knows what to do with it.

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Large Hadron Collider May Have Found Something That Defies (the Standard Model of Particle) Physics

The Large Hadron Collider, the most powerful particle collider in the world, made headlines in the last few years when it confirmed the existence of the Higgs boson particle, which was predicted by the Standard Model of particle physics. Now, it might have found a particle that defies that model entirely.

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BAMF Fabiola Gianotti Becomes CERN’s First-Ever Female Director-General

On January 1st Fabiola Gianotti will succeed Rolf Heuer as the Director-General of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), becoming the first-ever woman to hold the position since the organization was founded in 1954.

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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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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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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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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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CERN Has Broken Ground on a New Experiment Called AWAKE

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

As they have become famous for, 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Physics Students Made a Zombie Movie In the Home of the Large Hadron Collider [VIDEO]


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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