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Nerd Blurbs: Pretty Colors Edition

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Today in Nerd Blurbs we discuss some small things with big color: scientists discover new spiders, artists visualize light as both a wave and a particle, and a comet acts like a drunken fratboy. All this after the jump.
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If You Were Going 98% the Speed of Light, I’d be Dead Right Now

Guinea pigs, from Flickr user "photon ℽ"

The middle guinea pig is also a near-light speed space ship.

So Stephen Hawking describes in his new Discovery Channel show, Stephen Hawking’s Universe, how a ship traveling at a speed approaching that of light’s would experience a temporal discrepancy from that on earth, enabling the crew to experience time at a fraction of that which we currently experience it. Basically, one day on board a vessel moving at 650 million miles per hour (98% the speed of light, according The Daily Mail) would be equivalent to an earth year, an event known as relativistic effects, which has been described to a degree by time dilation in Special Relativity and utilized heavily in science fiction for many years; Stephen Hawking believes that if one were capable of building a craft able to achieving near-light speed, these effects could in fact be demonstrated. Here, Queen discuss relativistic effects in the song ’39 from Night at the Opera. We’ll continue with what’s stopping such a ship capable of near-light speed from being built after the jump.

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Missing Links: Alien Worlds Edition

Humanity has always been fascinated with the world beyond their home, and this week in Missing Links we’ll take a gander at places around the web that explore alien worlds and the travel there. From the vacuum of space to the fictionalized and sensational, click through to get your inundation of all-things extraterrestrial. Buckle in and hit launch, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

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Large Hardon Collider Operational (No, That’s Not A Typo)

The reason for the abnormality in spelling of said collider, is that the largest thing built ever, the Large Hadron Collider has been tested and is deemed working, and the science community is practically jizzing themselves just talking about it. Everyone from the BBC to the New York Times to Al-Jazeera to Scumbag Style have reported on this thing, which is meant to recreate the Big Bang and definitively prove the existence of the elusive Higgs-boson.

Said Professor Peter Higgs, the scientist whom the theoretical particle is named after, in regards to the costly delays when the LHC was fired up fourteen months ago, to the Irish Times:

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