Blogs Worth Cheering For: So Close, So Far Away

Yep, that's Mars

So I’m back with another installment of BWCF.  If you keep track of science news, you’ve been busy.  The past month has been historic.

First, the scientists at the Large Hadron Collider announced they found the “Higgs boson” – that’s the teeny tiny subatomic particle that “gives” an object its mass.  It turns out this particle reacts to a “field” that stretches through the entire universe.  (Yes, this sounds like “The Force” from Star Wars to me too.)  The best explanation I can find that describes all of this is this video here.

Then, NASA announced the successful landing of the Curiosity Rover on Mars. When I’m trying to learn something new, I try to go to the “primary source” – in this case, NASA has a page devoted to its work on Mars, and the Curiosity Rover has its own account on Twitter.

Of course, that’s not to say there aren’t other things going on. Darlene has been sharing some great Science of the Olympics with everyone, so here’s my contribution – why the medals are made of gold, silver and bronze – from “LeeBee” at Science Minus Details.

And, just because science is still a celebration of all things great and small, here’s a nice piece on “Building the Tallest Sandcastle” from Cath at Basal Science Clarified. There’s a picture of a guy sitting on a sand castle that’s over 30 feet tall.