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A chance encounter at a July 4 picnic made the latest development in particle physics seem much more comprehensible. Here's what I learned. So I was at a July 4 picnic on Wednesday where one of the other guests used to be a physics teacher at Stuyvesant High School, and he explained this whole Higgs boson thing to me in a way that made it make about as much sense as it's going to for someone who only took physics in college. And he did the whole thing without using food metaphors -- molasses, soup, etc. -- which I thought was impressive. Basically, it's like this: Sub-atomic particles are either fermions or bosons. Fermions are the things you learned about in high school physics -- electrons, protons, neutrons and so on -- that share the quality that you can't have two of them in the same space on an atom. Still Confused About the Higgs Boson? Read This - Garance Franke-Ruta
The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, by Max Heindel An Elementary Treatise Upon Man's Past Evolution, Present Constitution and Future Development By Click here for the graphics book cover. Click here for the photograph of Max Heindel. Its Message and Mission:
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Where Have All the Ordinary Color Names Gone? : Candlepower Here's a little quiz to test your knowledge of color names. Can you identify where on the spectrum these colors — all of them well documented, some of them brand-specific — are located? Inch Worm Dead Spaniard Isabella I'm Not Really a Waitress Synergy Baffled? Frustrated? Annoyed that color naming nowadays is so arcane and confusing?
Word-Lore, Nerd-Lore : Word Routes To be called a nerd these days isn't such a bad thing — it can even be a statement of pride, a way of owning up to an all-consuming passionate interest, particularly in something technological or pop-cultural (or both). It has been reclaimed as a positive label in much the same way as geek has. The cartoonish '80s movie The Revenge of the Nerds turned out to have some prescience, as nerdy types from Bill Gates to Mark Zuckerberg have come to rule so much of 21st-century life. So it's only natural to wonder, where did the word nerd come from? As a self-professed word nerd, I don't mind embracing nerd in all of its conflicted glory. (One well-traveled Venn Diagram spells out the distinctions among dweeb, geek, dork, and nerd in terms of intelligence, social ineptitude, and obsession; nerd is the term that lies at the intersection of all three qualities.)
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