It's no secret that Jen-Luc Piquant is a huge fan of the TV series Bones , and last week's episode was particularly amusing because it poked fun at Hollywood and science consultants.
Most science history buffs are familiar with William Herschel, the famed astronomer who discovered the planet Uranus in the 18th century. His son, John, is less well known, perhaps because his scientific interests ranged more broadly than his father's.
CERN's Large Hadron Collider had an unexpected and diminutive visitor a couple of weeks ago: Kern the Traveling Gnome. The plucky little ceramic figure has already visited Lima, Mumbai, Mexico, South Africa, San Francisco, New Caledonia, and Sydney, Australia, the South Pole, and SNOLAB, an underground neutrino observatory in Ontario Canada.
The Internet is filled with surprising things. Jen-Luc Piquant stumbled across a fascinating independent short film project the other day, called Casimir Effect -- the brainchlid of UK filmmakers Gabriel Strange and Lydia Wood, and starring Torchwood 's Gareth David Lloyd as the male lead.
James Cameron's 1997 blockbuster movie Titanic broke box office records and garnered bushels of awards; it remains one of the top-grossing films of all times.
A recent post over at Ptak Science Books taking a look at the golden age of gelatin inspired me to dig up one of my favorite older posts from 2006. Behold, the glory of Jell-O!
Who among us doesn't yearn to experience, even briefly, the sensation of weightlessness in space? Small wonder, then, that Jen-Luc Piquant is excitedly pinching her virtual pennies, hoping to save up enough for a spot on the new extreme roller coaster being designed by a company called BRC Imagination Arts.The twist: the design mimics elements of the flight path typical of NASA"s infamous "vomit comet" to create a simulation of microgravity lasting a full nine seconds.
Over at Ars Technica, we note an intriguing feature by Curt Hopkins on the use of physics-based technologies in archaeology -- in this case, LIDAR (LIght Detection And Ranging).
Who says science can't swashbuckle with the best of them? Jen-Luc Piquant was so very thrilled to learn this week that MIT has been harboring bona fide, certified pirates in their midst.
Spider silk seems to be all the rage these days. In January, a one-of-a-kind spider-silk cape debuted at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, created over eight years using silk from more than 1 million Madagascar golden orb spiders ( Nephila madagascariensis ).And just this week, a Japanese scientist from the Nara Medical University announced that he has created violin strings out of spider silk.
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