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Physicist Leon Lederman puts Nobel prize medal up for auction. Now 92, he won prize for physics in 1988 for discovering the muon neutrino. "Lederman’s wife, Ellen, said they had enjoyed having the medal. 'It’s really a wonderful thing. But it’s not really anything we need in our log cabin in Driggs, Idaho,' she said." http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/may/27/physicist-puts-nobel-prize-medal-up-for-auction
Leon Lederman, 92, won prize for physics in 1988 for discovering a subatomic particle called the muon neutrino
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I have a great Lederman story.
In 2006 give or take a year, he was discussant on an education panel. While getting settled in, the junior member of the panel looked wide eyed at his colleagues and wondered out loud, "Why are we all physicists?"
Without missing a beat, the rest laughed and Lederman said "Because we are used to understanding systems."

I went home and read Donella Meadows.
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10 Books That Will Change How You Think About Fairy Tales. Fantastic list, especially Angela Carter's "The Bloody Chamber." http://io9.com/10-books-that-will-change-how-you-think-about-fairy-tal-1706949752
Fairy tales are everywhere these days. They rival superheroes at the movies and TV, and novelists rush to create their own darker, more relevant versions. But how well do you really know fairy tales? Here are 10 books that will change how you see the fairy tale.
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The Masks We Wear: "We wear masks for many reasons: for fun, for protection, or to make a statement." http://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2015/05/the-masks-we-wear/394121/ 
We wear masks for many reasons: for fun, for protection, or to make a statement.
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How to Travel Faster Than Light Without Really Trying. It turns out there are several ways things can travel faster than light, depending on what you mean by a “thing,” “faster-than-light,” and “travel”. https://medium.com/starts-with-a-bang/how-to-travel-faster-than-light-without-really-trying-f2bd6283ac74
It’s often said that nothing can travel faster than light, but that’s only part of the story.
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Albert Einstein Tells His Son The Key to Learning & Happiness is Losing Yourself in Creativity (or “Finding Flow”) http://www.openculture.com/2015/05/einstein-tells-his-son-the-key-to-learning-happiness-is-losing-yourself-in-creativity.html
As one particularly astute observer of human emotions might put it, it is a truth universally acknowledged that we can’t all be Albert Einstein. In fact, none of us can.
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This was a fantastic #rabbithole  and a quick life balancing read.
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Is the Universe Trying to Tell You Something? Amy Schumer Explains How the Universe Works, with the help of Bill Nye: "The universe is essentially a force sending guidance to white women in their 20s." Sharp and smart satire. http://www.vulture.com/2015/05/amy-schumer-explains-how-the-universe-works.html
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Signals are telling us: "we have a Vulgarity Neurosis CRISIS in our midst!
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Squeezed quantum cats http://www.nanowerk.com/nanotechnology-news/newsid=40202.php
Researchers reach deep into their bag of tricks to create so-called 'squeezed Schrodinger cats'. These quantum systems could be extremely useful for future technologies.
Nanowerk is the leading nanotechnology portal, committed to educate, inform and inspire about nanotechnologies, nanosciences, and other emerging technologies
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You post the neatest stuff. :) 
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The female mathematician who changed the course of physics—but couldn’t get a job. (Emmy) Noether's Theorem may be the most important theoretical result in modern physics. http://arstechnica.com/?p=665919
(Emmy) Noether's Theorem may be the most important theoretical result in modern physics.
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I have a video lecture online about symmetry and Noether's theorem.  She was AWESOME!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsLwPFsw1f8
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Why The Oldest Person In The World Keeps Dying. "the oldest person in the world never holds that title for very long. Since records started being kept in the 1950s, the average tenure has been just around a year, according to the Gerontology Research Group" http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-the-oldest-person-in-the-world-keeps-dying/
As the oldest person in the world, Gertrude Weaver was making the best of her time in the limelight. When I called the 116-year-old Arkansas resident two days into her reign on a Friday in early Ap...
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Just made some quick stats. Despite french Caribbeans represents less than 1.6% of french population, in the list of people of more than 110 years old, they represents almost 7% i.e. 430% more than they should be.

Now, what is surprising: life expectancy of France is around 82.5 years. In the french caribbean, the life expectancy is significantly lower, around 78.4 years. And this life expectancy difference has been hugely reduced since 60 years.
Basically, it means we have a over-mortality before getting old. It also means that, if we extend this to the rest of the world, the probability to find very old people among a population of more than [life expectancy] is just weakly correlated to life expectancy.
I think there is an interesting study to do there...
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An Army of Helpers: Twitter as a Reporting Tool http://www.theopennotebook.com/2015/05/26/twitter-as-a-reporting-tool/
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How You'll Die On Mars: crash, freeze, starve, suffocate? Or you might not get there at all. http://www.popsci.com/how-youll-die-mars
Many hopefuls have signed up for a one-way ticket to the red planet. But if they aren't prepared, the trip may be a short one.
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Probably die of dysentery on the way.
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Someone did a statistical analysis of New Yorker cartoons and it's actually pretty depressing. "Women disproportionately filled the roles of "parent," "assistant," and "spouse." They were far less likely to be portrayed as "scientists," "literary figures," "coaches," or "police." http://www.vox.com/2015/5/25/8646533/new-yorker-cartoons 
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(I remember being pleasantly surprised when I was watching a Mitchell and Webb bit and realized they were depicting a same-sex married couple as an irrelevant background detail, having nothing to do with the joke they were telling. Then realizing that it might have just had something to do with them being a male-male comedy duo, like most comedy duos...)
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I'm a science writer, author of several popular science books for general readers. I also have my own blog at Scientific American, Cocktail Party Physics. Most recent books: "Me, Myself and Why: Searching for the Science of Self," coming out January 28, 2014, and "The Calculus Diaries: How Math Can Help You Lose Weight, Win in Vegas, and Survive a Zombie Apocalypse" (2010).
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Married to +Sean Carroll (affectionately known as the Time Lord). Black belt in jujitsu (although I no longer practice). Ran a program for two years matching scientists with writers, producers and directors in Hollywood, for the National Academy of Sciences. Dedicated to stamping out the notion of "two cultures": science is as much a part of creative human endeavor as the arts. I make a mean pad thai. Also orange/cranberry scones. Quite possibly first and only person to utter the phrase "negative index of refraction" on late-night TV (Craig Ferguson).
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