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Journal of No. 118


September 30th, 2011

Nobels and Ig Nobels @ 11:05 pm

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The 2011 Ig Nobels have been awarded. Perhaps the most wonderful thing about the Igs as they have evolved is that nearly all of the awardees attend the ceremony nowadays. If you studied beetles mating with beer bottles, or used a tank to smash illegally parked cars, you damn well have earned your spot in the limelight.

The Fermilab Tevatron is shutting down. For good. Today.

For twenty years and more it was the smashingest smasher in the world. Its major trophies were the detection of the top quark and the tau neutrino, filling out the leptons required by the Standard Model. The dingus has now been superseded by the LHC, but it served us well.
 
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Journal of No. 118