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Brian Skinner
Works at Argonne National Laboratory
Attended University of Minnesota
Lives in Chicago, IL
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How big is an electron?
The answer involves Vladimir Lenin.

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Here's a strange math problem that I encountered as an undergraduate: What is the solution to the following equation? [Note: The order of exponents here is such that the upper ones are taken first....
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"We're history's most average monsters."
That's how I feel about myself every day.
it's probably pretty good though
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I would like to introduce a phrase into the lexicon of science and everyday life, based on the following ridiculous story that was taught to me at the CERN summer school. $latex \hspace{1mm}$ Imagi...
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I want five hours of my life back.
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Someone at NPR makes much better illustrations than I do.
Death and the number eight: Are they a couple?
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Fun fact: if your body were placed in a sufficiently strong magnetic field, it would disintegrate.
There's a great joke in Futurama, the cartoon comedy show, about a horror movie for robots.  In the movie, a planet of robots is terrorized by a giant "non-metallic being" (a monsterified human).  ...
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It's hard to explain how much I loved this.
Here is the thing that I guess happened: When God was making all the humans, he grabbed a smidge of clay and started making me. While he was snake-rolling the clay between his palms he said to the ...
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No sleep 'till Boston.
As it happens, I was fortunate enough to be able to run in the 2013 Boston Marathon. A lot has been written (and is still being written) about the marathon and its aftermath, and in many ways there...
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Quantum mechanics prohibits you from pushing two energy levels through each other -- this is called "avoided crossing."
But how "quantum" is this effect, actually?
Coming to terms with quantum mechanics is no easy task.  The quantum world has its own unique atmosphere, its own set of laws and tendencies -- its own tao, if you will -- that seem far removed fro...
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Betteridge's law of headlines: Any headline that ends with a question mark can be answered with the word "no."
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Obama is the deportingest president in US history.
The greatest mass deportation in American historyAS A presidential candidate in 2008, Barack Obama promised to enact immigration reform during his first year in...
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  • Argonne National Laboratory
    postdoc, 2013 - present
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Chicago, IL
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Minneapolis, MN - Blacksburg, VA - Bogota, Colombia - Springfield, VA - Avondale, AZ - Maracay, Venezuela - Caracas, Venezuela - Las Vegas, NV
Education
  • University of Minnesota
    Physics, 2011
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    Physics, Mechanical Engineering, 2002 - 2007
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