There’s now a Bentley smartphone. It’ll just set you back 10,700 pounds (that’s about $17,000). Who’s getting one?

There’s now a Bentley smartphone. It’ll just set you back 10,700 pounds (that’s about $17,000). Who’s getting one?

If the Large Hadron Collider were a giant jukebox that converted the physics of the universe into music, this is what it would sound like. Physicists took data from the labs at the LHC and used data sonification to turn it into sheet music. If you listen carefully, you might pick out a Higgs boson solo.

brookhavenlab:

It’s a historic day at Brookhaven: the National Synchrotron Light Source will produce its final photons today. It began operations in 1982, and was the first dedicated facility of its kind in the world. More than 19,000 scientists have done countless experiments using beams of light in the x-ray, ultraviolet, and infrared wavelengths, leading to many discoveries and two Nobel Prizes.

Today, we bid farewell to this amazing feat of engineering, and make way for its successor, the National Synchrotron Light Source II, which will produce x-ray beams 10,000 times brighter than NSLS. If you’d like to witness the last moments at NSLS, join us virtually for the closing ceremonies at 3:30 pm Eastern time. 

Adieu, NSLS! On to bigger and brighter things!

From CERN’s birthday to closing out the NSLS, it’s been a week of ups and downs in particle physics.

3D printing will change the world!

What Is Your Skin Made Of? Lauren explains.

(Spoiler alert: The answer is “stuff that gives it self-healing superpowers and also is pretty gross”.)

Jonathan behind the scenes at a video shoot for a new upcoming series called What The Stuff?

Jonathan behind the scenes at a video shoot for a new upcoming series called What The Stuff?

Another shot from the 2014 Dragon Con parade, partially by request of the awesome featured Predator costumer (hi Julie!) and partially as an excuse to talk about active camo. It’s a thing that researchers are actually working on! Read about how different prototype invisibility cloaks work on howstuffworks, or tune in to our episode about how metamaterials work [mp3] to learn about some of the more out-there active camo concepts.

Another shot from the 2014 Dragon Con parade, partially by request of the awesome featured Predator costumer (hi Julie!) and partially as an excuse to talk about active camo. It’s a thing that researchers are actually working on! Read about how different prototype invisibility cloaks work on howstuffworks, or tune in to our episode about how metamaterials work [mp3] to learn about some of the more out-there active camo concepts.

humanoidhistory:

"WELCOME ASTRONAUTS" — A ticker tape parade down Broadway for astronauts Gus Grissom and John Young, seated in the last car with Vice President Hubert Humphrey. New York City, March 29, 1965.
(Library of Congress)

humanoidhistory:

"WELCOME ASTRONAUTS" — A ticker tape parade down Broadway for astronauts Gus Grissom and John Young, seated in the last car with Vice President Hubert Humphrey. New York City, March 29, 1965.

(Library of Congress)

Dragon Con Parade 2014: I nabbed an awesome curbside seat. Lots more photos here on howstuffworks.