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Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
Snake venoms are remarkably complex mixtures that can stun or kill prey within minutes. But more and more researchers...
At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
Since arriving on the island of Guam in the 1940s, the brown tree snake ( Boiga irregularis ) has extirpated native...
An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
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Big Bang: The Movie
11 November 1999 7:00 pm
Two gold atoms stripped of their electrons and smashed together at nearly the speed of light disintegrate into quarks (white) and gluons (green), then coalesce into clusters (red). The clumps then break apart into kaons, pions, and other particles in these animation stills spanning about 10-22 of a second. That's the anticipated scene inside Brookhaven National Lab's Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), a new accelerator coming online this fall that will attempt to simulate the hot, dense quark-gluon plasma that existed just after the big bang (Science, 20 August, p. 1194). Brookhaven physicist Ronald Longacre says the animations are in part for the public, but they're also "a good debugging tool" for finding glitches in the computer code for modeling the reactions: "It's amazing how good your eye is at seeing patterns" that don't jibe with theory. Follow the links to see more simulations by RHIC scientists and outside groups.