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Physics Week in Review: April 4, 2015

First up: a spot of science-y April Foolery: Physicists Warming Up the LHC Accidentally Create a Rainbow Universe. Related:  CERN researchers confirm existence of the Force (the photos alone are hilarious).  Also: Smithsonian displays Wonder Woman's invisible jet for April Fools' Day...

April 4, 2015 — Jennifer Ouellette

Supermassive Black Holes Make Merging Galaxies Green

Green as a color can mean animal, vegetable or mineral. It is the stuff of crocodiles, chlorophyll and copper patina, the essence of serpentine or of snakes in the grass, the hue of a glacial lake, a stagnant pond and the Chicago River on St...

April 3, 2015 — Lee Billings

Wonderful Things: The Amazing Mimicry of the Mummy Berry Fungus

Author's note: This is the latest post in the Wonderful Things series. You can read more about this series here. There is a fungus on our planet which is capable of not one, but two audacious and duplicitous acts: it pretends, on separate occasions, to be both to be a flower and a pollen grain, [...]..

April 3, 2015 — Jennifer Frazer

Tube Worm Thoughts

On the heels of science art about how “we all eat the sun,” I was thinking about the few exceptions to that rule. As my high school biology teacher would often say, “Always and never are never true in biology!” But when the ecosystems surrounding hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the ocean were discovered [...]..

April 3, 2015 — Katie McKissick

Proud Battleships, Subtle Mines: Dardanelles, 1915

Reported in Scientific American, This Week in World War I: April 3, 1915 "The day when Constantinople will be covered by the guns of the enemy is not very far distant." That's the ebulliant sentence from the article in Scientific American two weeks before this one, just after the initial British and French attack near [...]..

STAFFApril 3, 2015 — Dan Schlenoff

OOPS! Basic Anatomy Wrong in National Campaign Announcing $50m Gift

From the Department of Convoluted University Bureaucracies and the Havoc They Wreak, I bring you an example of why Certified Medical Illustrators are worth every penny you spend on them: If you opened up The New York Times, The LA Times, The Washington Post, or The Boston Globe this week you might have seen a [...]..

April 2, 2015 — Kalliopi Monoyios

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