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October 1, 2014

Peter Higgs doesn't own a TV or use email or a cellphone

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The headline up top is just one of a number of interesting things in Dennis Overbye's September 15 New York Times Science essay about the winner (above) of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics, honored — 50 years later — for his prediction of the existence of a new particle, now known as the Higgs boson.

"The Higgs boson explained in plain English" was the title of a January 24, 2012 boj post.

October 1, 2014 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Gigantic Anglepoise Lamp

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A scaled-up reproduction that reaches 8 feet tall at its maximum height.

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Share the light.

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$3,750.

[via The Green Head]

October 1, 2014 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

A dance on the side of Oakland's City Hall

The performance was filmed vertically on the side of Oakland's 18-story City Hall last month at the Art + Soul Festival.

[via The Awesomer and Colossal]

October 1, 2014 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Japan Rail Train Belt

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Ah, memories of Ochanomizu Station, circa 1968....

From the website:

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Do you want to be the Yamanote Line, the circular train line that goes around Tokyo?

Or the Shinkansen bullet train that zips passengers from Tokyo to Aomori, and Tokyo to Hakata?

You decide!

The Boku Wa Shinkansen ("I'm the bullet train!") is a fun belt toy based on three different Japan Rail trains.

The wearer is transformed into the train driver and can control any of the trio of famous Japanese trains.

The buttons and steering are brilliantly realistic, complete with genuine audio effects from the actual train lines.

For example, each of the station names are announced as they are in real life, along with other carriage announcements.

A must for train fans and imaginative kids.

Get ready to travel the length of Japan!

Features and Details:

  • Based on three train/train lines: E231 JR Yamanote Line, JR Shinkansen N700 Nozomi Tokyo-Hakata, JR Shinkansen E5 Hayabusa Tokyo-Shinaomori
  • Audio (original Japanese only)
  • Recommended for ages 3 and over
  • Power: AAA batteries x 2 (not included)
  • Instructions: Japanese only (but easy to use)

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$75.

October 1, 2014 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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