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The Most Astounding Fact - Neil DeGrasse Tyson

It is on a beautiful day like today, that I am reminded of this answer given by Neil DeGrasse Tyson in response to the question from a TIME magazine reader, “What is the most astounding fact about the universe that you can share with us?”



Stone Agers Rocked 55,000 Years Earlier Than Thought!

Rather, their stone making craftmanship did.
According to a Wired article, researchers at University of Toulouse-Le Mirail in France, led by Vincent Mourre discovered that modern folk began using the pressure flaking technique waaaay earlier than we previously thought.
I’ve always suspected this.  I’m glad they are finally finding empirical evidence to back it up.
(via Wired) “Stone toolmakers living in southern Africa 75,000 years ago pushed the cutting edge in more ways than one. These intrepid folk sharpened the thin tips of heated stone spearheads using a forceful technique previously dated to no more than 20,000 years ago, a new study finds.


A photo tour of the Large Hadron Collider...

Ars Technica posted this incredibly cool photo collection after they toured CERN, home of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the particle accelerator, and home to the world’s first web server (a Next Cube!) that was used Sir Tim Berners-Lee.




Accelerating toward the Big Bang.

I guess everyone by now knows that Google tends to change the graphic on their search engine on special holidays, or when celebrating certain events, such as the Olympics this past August, or the celebration of Albert Einstein’s birthday.

So it was with pleasure that I found this while visiting the Google search engine this afternoon. This graphic honors the recent completion of the world’s largest and most capable particle collider in Switzerland. You can bet your elections that the science geeks around the world are  weak in the knees with excitement.



Here is a video clip  from The Washington Post that will bring you up to speed.