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I have a friend who teaches classical languages in high school and loves it for many reasons -- not least, she tells me recently, because the chemistry teacher came dressed as Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle for Halloween.

How did said teacher manage that? Well ... )What makes it even better, my friend adds, is that all the humanities teachers got the joke with very little prompting. So shines a good jest in a sober world ...
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I was not having any fun today, but this (sniggled from the ever awesome folks at Making Light) is completely awesome:Read more... )
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A grad school friend turns her keen analytical eye on one of Nature's Mysteries:
The Life Cycle of Tupperware
This is why I hang out with scientists: they don't just observe phenomena -- they anatomize it. With pictures.
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How could I have missed this year's Ig Nobels? The winners were all quite worthy, but I must profess a particular admiration for the physics laureates (a joint Harvard-UCincinnati-UTexas team who analytically determined why pregnant women don't tip over) and the economics laureates:
The directors, executives, and auditors of four Icelandic banks — Kaupthing Bank, Landsbanki, Glitnir Bank, and Central Bank of Iceland — for demonstrating that tiny banks can be rapidly transformed into huge banks, and vice versa — and for demonstrating that similar things can be done to an entire national economy.
So many scholars leave the implications of their research to be thrashed out by others; it's quite inspiring to see a team carry out the follow-up experiments themselves, and on such a scale. ;-p
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Congratulations, Team Phoenix! I love it when a plan comes together ... especially when it's a plan that produces actual pictures of the Martian landscape, as opposed to artists' renderings. (Nothing against artists, here -- just the ZOWIE! factor of actually being there.) Here's to a successful exploration of the Ice Plains of the Red Planet. (Eat your heart out, Edgar B.)

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