made a working (Lego working… not actual particle… well, bricks are made of particles but this isn't the LHC let's just say that) Lego Particle Accelerator. Seriously, you guys need to sell this as a kit. So freaking awesome.
Stanford researchers have come one step closer to a new type of particle accelerator that could do the same as the LHC at just a fraction of the size.
"Researchers sent pairs of electron bunches containing 5 billion to 6 billion electrons each into a laser-generated column of plasma inside an oven of hot lithium gas. The first bunch in each pair blasted all the free electrons away from the lithium atoms, leaving the positively charged lithium nuclei behind—a configuration known as the "blowout regime." The blasted electrons then fell back in behind the second bunch of electrons, forming a "plasma wake" that propelled the trailing bunch to higher energy."
Gravity in the World’s Biggest Vacuum Chamber. Physicist Brian Cox visits NASA’s Space Power Facility in Ohio to see what happens when a bowling ball and a feather are dropped together under the conditions of outer space.
As an aside, his book 'The Quantum Universe (And Why Anything That Can Happen, Does)' is a great read and worth checking out: http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/0306819643/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Gotta loveand .
Scientists make can your inner monoglue audible
When you hear someone else speak, specific neurons in your brain fire. Brian Pasley and a bunch of his colleagues discovered this at the University of
OK so they say it's far from perfect but the fact they can even come close to this is pretty mind blowing. In short, they have you read aloud, map what's firing in your brain, then read silently and map what fires in your brain, and then do nothing. "That allowed the team to isolate which neurons were firing when vocalizing the text. Then a visual representation of the sound waves is created and those sounds are matched with particular brain patterns. Then while the participants read silently to themselves the decoder is able to reconstruct the words based purely on what neurons are firing."