Monday Madeleines – She Blinded Me with Science

by Mistina Picciano on March 18, 2013

We hope your weekend was full of goodness and fun. To continue the fun, this week we take a look at a first-round comet, ‘The God Particle’, roller derby bugs and cool things about bees and wasps. Who knew? The wonders of science to help you kick start your Monday morning. Enjoy!

A Comet and Two Planets…Including Home
This was comet Pan-STARRS’ first passage through our solar system, and we hope you had a look: it won’t be back for 100,000 years. Steven Swimmer (@stevens1), did you see Pan-STARR as it passed?

‘God Particle’ Update: Scientists Think They’ve Pinned Down the Higgs Boson
Just in time for Albert Einstein’s birthday (March 14, 1879), scientists believe they’ve found physics’ most elusive particle. Thanks Nick Goss (@nickgoss1). This is exciting news.

Wasps Are Pure Evil, Bend Physics to Walk on Water
We didn’t need to know this to understand the evil of wasps. Donna Dixon of Buzz Feed (@MildlyAmused), thanks for bending our minds and scaring us a little.

Roller Derby Players Share Shoulder Microbes
And we thought the only risks were rink rash and blistering blocks. Mick Watson (@BioMickWatson), we hope these bugs are more of the good persuasion than the bad.

Caffeinated Bees
Who would’ve thought bees love caffeine jolts as much as humans? Thanks for the buzz-worthy story Cheryl Kremkow (@kremkow).

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