Professor Peter Higgs Discusses Presenting The Higgs Boson On The Season Premiere Of Nova

This Wednesday a new Nova miniseries premiers, and that means more sciency learning from smart guys who really know how to lay things out for us common folk. As much as I love to read science journals, and pour over scientific findings, I’m far from capable of understanding all of the intricate details found therein. That’s where you need a guy like Brian Greene, who with his Ira Glass like tone is able to explain even the most insanely complex physics concepts in an easy to digest manner.

In the below video from the episode “What is Space?” of Nova: The Fabric of the Cosmos, the Higgs Boson particle is addressed. The role of the Large Hadron Collider in searching for the particle is discussed, but even more interesting is Professor Higgs discussing the 1964 presentation where he flipped the common view of the universe on its ear with the suggestion of the Higgs-Boson particle.


CDC Puts Out Comic Book To Advise On The Zombie Pandemic

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is ever vigilant against bioterrorism, plague outbreaks, and pandemics. They keep the populace informed on how to prepare and react to such catastrophic events, including the Zombie Pandemic. The goal is to ensure that people can survive until the CDC arrives with medicine, equipment, and the know-how to fight whatever has gone wrong.

Unfortunately people just don’t quite understand what they need to do, so the CDC has looked to find a way to convey the information for us laymen. The result is a graphic novella that details a zombie outbreak, Z5N1 to be exact, and what’s expected to be prepared. Because it fudges facts, the comic book isn’t really all that helpful. I know it’s a comic, but the conceit is that the average person is being taught how to prepare for a real outbreak. The CDC Emergency Kit list at the end is barely legible.

The comic would also have us believe there’d be a blood test to check for the zombie virus in mere days, a vaccine would exist in a week, and all of this would be handled with ease if only every citizen knew what to do. Not true, as is evidenced by recent pandemics where a vaccine took months to produce. Also the vaccine is not made by the CDC as the comic indicates, it’s made by the pharmaceutical companies.


Hooker Shapeshifts Into A Donkey During Sex In Zimbabwe

Halloween is a time to become whatever you want to be for just one night, and tell tales of death and sadness to try and frighten your peers. Apparently these kinds of outlandish stories aren’t limited simply to drunk teenagers fast on their way to alcohol poisoning as Sunday Moyo has crafted a story of witchcraft in hopes of getting out of jail time.

Moyo, of Zvishavane, Zimbabwe, was caught having sex with a donkey last Sunday, and though police caught him red handed, his version of the story is a little more detailed. According to New Zimbabwe, Moyo picked up a hooker at a nightclub with the obvious intention of sleeping with her for a paltry $20. Clearly Moyo isn’t aware that you get what you pay for when it comes to prostitutes and there’s usually a reason for such a low price. Later that night he was found with the donkey in question.

When questioned in court, Moyo claimed that when he began the night he was sleeping with his hired help, and that he did not know that she “turned into a donkey” until the police were upon him. This claim later led a magistrate to order psych evaluations for the man, since, you know, seeing a woman instead of donkey may mean there are some screws loose upstairs.


Watch The Doctor Who Cast And Crew Sing The Proclaimers With David Tennant

Doctor Who is among other things the most wonderfully, gleefully silly show on television. And apparently a lot of that perfectly goofy fun carries over to the cast and crew off the set, because in their down time during David Tennant’s tenure as the The Doctor, they liked to get together and lipsync the words to “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers.

Watch this video, and make your entire day brighter:


In Time Is A Box Office Flop

October has been a rough month for science fiction. Only one of the two big sci-fi releases in theaters this month managed to find an audience, and that one movie was the sort of dumb, but fun Real Steel. After that, The Thing prequel debuted and then vanished from theaters, and now it’s In Time’s turn to pull a disappearing act. The Justin Timberlake powered sci-fi vehicle opened this weekend and managed only third place in its box office debut.

It’s not the third place finish that’s really so dismal, it’s the way in which In Time went about it. The film made only $5.4 million over the three day weekend, even though it was in 3100 theaters. As a result, it’s one of the lowest opening wide releases of the year (wide releases being any movie that shows up in more than 1500 theaters).

Like The Thing before it In Time suffered justifiably awful reviews from film critics, and the truth is it probably deserved to flop. Sci-fi lovers are better off spending their time seeking out Attack the Block on home video.


New Findings Indicate Neanderthals May Have Been Long Time Members Of The Finer Things Club

Neanderthals do not conjure up images of fine dining in anyone’s mind. Most of us think of Neanderthals as those apeish humans from movies and old cartoons that hit women over the head with clubs. Or for those of us into reading books our college girlfriends loved, we got our info from Jean M. Auel’s Earth’s Children series. New findings indicate that Neanderthals may have enjoyed the finer things in life, like fish and small game birds. You know, the delicate faire that only the most civilized of us enjoy.

I’m most surprised to learn that this is a new finding when the aforementioned fictional, utterly non-scientific, book series deals with Neanderthals going on great fishing expeditions and hunting small game. Sure, big game hunts were the main source of meat, but Ayla learned to make Creb’s favorite dish (an Earth baked ptarmigan). I never questioned that this was a discrepancy in what we knew of Neanderthals. Of course,

Bruce Hardy of Kenyon College in Gambier, OH and Marie-Helene Moncel of France’s Natural History Museum in Paris found traces of fish scales, wood, hide, feathers and starch on tools that belongs to Neanderthals over 100,000 years ago. Findings like this give the tale of Neanderthal’s demise a bittersweet note. As if they had been slowly trying to evolve a more civilized nature, but along came modern humans and took the world over with our fancy future technology.