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A sparkling blue “alien” in our own seas

Vivid blue creatures with sparkling bioluminescence… not just the province of expensive special effects in sci-fi movies. Here in earth’s own oceans you can find the lovely Corynactis viridis: You can read more about this intriguing little organism (and see other beautiful videos of sea creatures) at the blog of Morphologic Studios – a “scientific art endeavor.” [via @Vimeo]


A non-scientist’s mash note to the Large Hadron Collider

We need more science writing like this… Kurt Andersen’s appreciative essay in Vanity Fair about the Large Hadron Collider: The believe-it-or-not superlatives are so extreme and Tom Swiftian they make you smile. The L.H.C. is not merely the world’s largest particle accelerator but the largest machine ever built. At the center of just one of the four main experimental stations installed around its circumference, and not even the biggest of the four, is a magnet that generates a magnetic field 100,000 times as strong as Earth’s. And because the super-conducting, super-colliding guts of the collider must be cooled by