Posts filed under “Weekend”

God Hates the Hadron Collider

Apparently, forces of nature and supernature do not like the collider:

“The Large Hadron Collider, the world’s most powerful particle accelerator, just cannot catch a break. First, a coolant leak destroyed some of the magnets that guide the energy beam. Then LHC officials postponed the restart of the machine to add additional safety features. Now, a bird dropping a piece of bread on a section of the accelerator has, according to the Register, shut down the whole operation.

The bird dropped some bread on a section of outdoor machinery, eventually leading to significant over heating in parts of the accelerator. The LHC was not operational at the time of the incident, but the spike produced so much heat that had the beam been on, automatic failsafes would have shut down the machine.”



See also:
The Collider, the Particle and a Theory About Fate

Baguette Dropped From Bird’s Beak Shuts Down The Large Hadron Collider (Really)
Stuart Fox
PopSci 11.05.2009

Category: Science, Weekend

Science: It Works, Bitches!

I don’t recall where I found this (if anyone knows please let me know).

Category: Science, Weekend


Tom Toles via WaPo

Category: Humor, Politics, Weekend

Dessert Wines

Category: Food and Drink, Weekend

LFA: $400,000 Japanese Supercar

Why anyone would pay that type of wood for a V10 powered Lexus is beyond me — but it does look cool: Lexus LFA Price: Estimated $400,000 On sale: 2010 Engine: 4.8-litre V10 Power: 412kW/8700 revs Torque: 480Nm/6800 revs Transmission: Six-speed automated manual, rear-wheel drive Performance: 0-100km/h, 3.7s; top speed, 317km/h Video > See also:…Read More

Category: Weekend

Haunted House Prop: Electric Chair!


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Missions to Mars

Cool infographic by Bryan Christie showing all Earth missions to Mars: > Laughing Squid via boingboing

Category: Science, Weekend

U2 on YouTube – Live from the Rose Bowl

U2 and YouTube broadcast the Irish rock band’s Pasadena concert live last night, for free. And, its now on YouTube. > From: U2official | October 26, 2009 | 310 views The world’s greatest band on the world’s largest stage – U2 on YouTube. Watch the rebroadcast of the full live streaming performance from the Rose…Read More

Category: Music, Weekend

Yöjuna Rovaniemelle

Ella ja Aleksi is a Finnish musical group featuring two four-year-old rappers . This video for the song “Yöjuna Rovaniemelle” is adorable: hat tip boingboing

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Animating XKCD

I Love xkcd from NoamR on Vimeo. via boingboing

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