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Childhood Memories

On Tynan

It's a dangerous night to be walking outside. Not for me, but for the tiny little frogs that dot the gravel road. I swish my overpowered Surefire flashlight across the dark gravel trying to avoid stepping on them. When I get close they freeze in their tracks, making them harder to see. This would be a good reflex if I was trying to eat them, but it's working against them tonight.

I'm walking down to the beach for old times' sake. It's 2am and I'm in Milton, Vermont. Calling it a beach is generous. Shale rocks densely scattered over green outcroppings of weeds lead up to murky water. There are a few docks and a few boats pulled up out of the water. They're not locked to anything - they're just sitting there.

I crouch, pick up one of the little green frogs, and watch him slowly climb around my wrist as I rotate it. I probably haven't touched a frog in ten years. Playing with frogs used to be my favorite thing to do when I was in Vermont. I liked to catch them in a bucket and then empty it into the nearby creek and watch them swim away. Sometimes we'd throw them in the air so that they'd land in the lake. That seems a bit inhumane now, but we didn't know better back then. We were kids. I lower my arm to the ground and nudge the frog off of my wrist.

LHC-ATLAS: Sensing the Universe

On The Art of Creation

In this new post I'll be discussing a topic I am very passionate about, partly due to my involvement with it for about 3 years.

This is probably not the first time you've heard about the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). It's one of the most (if not THE most) hyped scientific projects since the Space Race. Something to be expected for a project with a projected total cost of about 5 billion dollars, involving a collaboration between over 100 countries and that took 10 years to finish. It also generated and continues to generate great expectations. It promised, among other things, to either confirm our current understanding of the workings of the universe or shake the foundations of modern physics. As you may imagine,the technology developed to conduct the experiments required to achieve such objectives is quite complex and interesting.

What is the Large Hadron Collider?

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