Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Seriously Adorable!

I want one!!!  Or maybe a couple (you don't think they'd miss one or two, do you?)

Giant panda cubs lie in a crib at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu, Sichuan province, September 23, 2013. Fourteen new joiners...

14 baby pandas in a crib!

To keep the species from going extinct, China has been artificially breeding panda cubs.  These 14 were born between July and September this year but this is the first time they were photographed together as a group.  (Apparently the research facility was only debuting a few at a time to "keep press to a minimum and cuteness to a maximum.")

You can even visit these cuties in person (advance bookings fill up quickly so get on it!)  Funds from tourist visits help maintain live streaming of pandas throughout the facility.

later, curiously craving an Oreo about now, tw

Thursday, September 19, 2013

It's Good to be the Geek!

Those in the know will tell you that the part of the human brain one uses for "sciences" (math, physics, foreign languages) is the very same part that one uses for music.

This in turn explains why McGill University grad student, Tim Blais, had little difficulty switching his studies from theoretical Physics to music.  And he's come up with some clever ways of combining the two:

  • Last year's big hit:  "Rolling in the Higgs" (based on Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" and featuring the Higgs boson)

  • This year's hit that is already going viral: "Bohemian Gravity" (based on Queen's original Bohemian Rhapsody and explaining the nature of String Theory).
Tim's completed his master's degree program at McGill and taking a break from academia ("I've been in school all my life so I'm switching gears and being a musician this year!" he says).  His faculty advisor things that's just fine - "he's obviously a very talented musician and he's an excellent physicist."

later, getting my geek on, tw