Large Hadron Collider may have produced “a new kind of matter”
Collisions between protons and lead ions at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have produced surprising behavior in some of the particles created by the collisions. The new observation suggests the collisions may have produced a new type of matter known as color-glass condensate.
A proton collides with a lead nucleus, sending a shower of particles through the CMS detector. Image: CERN
French venture helping to build the “Internet of things”
Machine to Machine (M2M) networks — connected fridges and toasters, tires and TVs, walls and windows — are emerging on alternative, low-bandwidth frequencies. French startup SigFox fancies its strategy as better and cheaper (albeit slower) than the telco cell networks for creating the nextgen backbone for device and machine communication.
Making complex science simple: rocketship “Up Goer Five”
From illustrator and web comic book artist xkcd , a fabulous find of visual simplicity for explaining how NASA’s Saturn V rocket actually works via Robert Krulwich’s blog.
Never run from a jaguar: Lessons from Alexander von Humboldt
He survived shocks by an electric eel, near death by curare (the potent Amazonian Indian toxin), near drownings in the Orinoco, and a jaguar stalking. Often deemed the father of modern geography, 19th century explorer Alexander von Humboldt’s daring adventures and scientific discoveries in uncharted South America have never received the attention they deserve in the English-speaking world. The Humboldt in English project strives to correct that deficit, bringing a comprehensive series of translations of this extraordinary scientist to life for new audiences.
BBC News – European Space Agency approves Ariane 5 rocket upgrade
Despite the EuroZone’s economic woes, member states recommit to the Ariane 5 rocket program and other space-related projects, including providing the rocket for NASA’s new Orion manned spaceflight mission.