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Universe hates Higgs boson, Chicago Cubs

By John Bowman, CBCNews. A physicist working on the Large Hadron Collider doesn't think much of the theory that the universe is sabotaging the project to prevent the discovery of the Higgs boson. Might as well say that Nature hates the Cubbies.

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Large Hadron Collider goes Back to the Future

By Peter Evans, CBCNews.ca. Two respected physicists have put forward the theory that the Large Hadron Collider's stated aim of finding the Higgs boson might be so abhorrent to nature that mysterious forces are traveling back through time and sabotaging the experiment before it can succeed.

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Science journalism not going quietly into the night

By Peter Nowak, CBCNews.ca. Can you believe that 20 years ago, 150 U.S. newspapers had science sections and that today, fewer than 20 do? That's the thinking behind the launch of a new non-profit news wire service called Futurity, which is backed by a number of top science universities including Stanford, UC-Berkeley, Princeton and Yale.

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Retracing - and blogging - Darwin's route

By John Bowman, CBCNews.ca. A group of scientists, journalists and artists from the U.K. and the Netherlands are recreating the landmark voyage of HMS Beagle, the ship that carried Charles Darwin around the world and to the Galapagos Islands.

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Capturing carbon, the old-fashioned way

By Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca. A few weeks ago I had a chance to talk to Francis Zwiers about the complex and evolving process of developing climate models for an upcoming feature. Zwiers, the director of the climate research division at Environment Canada, was preparing for a visit to Alert in Nunavut territory, his first visit to the remote town.

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Climate change scientists should rein in own emissions: researcher

By Emily Chung, CBCNews.ca. Ironically, tonnes of carbon dioxide are spewed into the atmosphere each year by scientists conducting climate change research in the Arctic.

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Revenge of the nerds

By Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca. The federal conservative government has had a few public disagreements with the scientific community in the last year, over things like funding, the closure of the Office of the National Science Advisor, the environment, decisions viewed as overtly political and yes, funding again.

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Scientists sound off

By Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca. Yesterday we asked a number of researchers in Canada for their reaction to the story about federal Science Minister Gary Goodyear's response to the question of whether he believes in evolution. Since then, Mr. Goodyear has responded to the controversy, but his answer still left room for interpretation as to his views.

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Black hole conspiracies

by Paul Jay, CBC News online

As the man credited with inventing the web, Tim Berners-Lee knows a few things about knowledge and how it is shared and disseminated. He also knows more than most about the Large Hadron Collider, since it was while working at a CERN-run Swiss laboratory that he first developed the system of online links called Hypertext Transfer Protocol.

And as he tells the BBC, he's a bit freaked out at the amount of misinformation about the LHC, particularly the talk that a black hole created in the particle collider would destroy the Earth.

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You down with LHC? Yeah, you know me

by Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca

With the date set for the start-up of the Large Hadron Collider, science writers in Switzerland can finally get down to the business of covering the event. What have journalists been doing during the months of delays? This one, who goes by the handle AlpineKat, made a nerdcore hip-hop video to explain how the machine works. (Thanks to BoingBoing, Slashdot for the links.)

As hip-hop goes, it's a little weak, and I'm not talking about the weak nuclear force. But as an educational primer on what the LHC does, it's a fairly concise explainer of everything from the LHC, dark matter, antimatter, gravity and the Big Bang.

It also is a nice continuation of the strange (no, not that kind of strange) tradition of explaining particle physics through 1980s-style rap flows, which I believe began with David Weinberg's Dark Matter Rap. It gained noteriety when excerpted in Timothy Ferris's The Whole Shebang. There's also the raunchy MC Hawking, if electronic voice-work is more to your tastes.

For physics education, it's a great leap forward, and for rap a giant step into the wayback machine.

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