GEF #13: Australian Grand Prix

This week the chosen place is the Australian F1 circuit, commonly known as Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit.


Don’t forget tomorrow is the qualifying session for the Grand Prix lets see if Hamilton can make it into pole position again. He sure made it into pole position in the papers with his antics yesterday. Lets hope Button wins some races soon.

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Dancing bees

Good day fair people! This is mostly a rant post so feel free to skip it, moan at it, print it off and use it as kindling, you know.


I spent the good part of an hour listening to a man rant on about how bees like to dance in the direction in which the food was found. Not putting the man’s work down or anything but please, I know about that and have done since I was a little kid. Also, an hour of rambling about the dances they do… or don’t do for that fact, takes it out of you. I feel I wasted the best part of an hour that I won’t get back anytime soon. With the foreboding exams coming up I could have used this time to prepare my notes, study or do anything apart from learning about bees. And the best part is, there’s another lecture next week too(!)


That’s all in the way of ranting at this precise moment.

Other things shall be left to another post for another time. Good luck to all revising for exam and whatnot. Boo to irrelevant lectures.

GEF #12 : The Large Hadron Collider

Sorry for being late this week, I had an early night for a change.


This week its the giant, world-ending, Large Hadron Collider.

The LHC is currently the largest and most powerful particle accelerator on this planet. This has many scientist-type people wondering if this large ring o’ magnets will in fact, put pay to the universe. In my opinion, I don’t think anything bad will come from it, only good science… we hope.


In fact the LHC has, today, just smashed the energy record it had just set in December 2009. [Linky]

Oh and of course, we cannot forget the obligatory and ever knowing, Wikipedia quote:

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world’s largest and highest-energy particle accelerator, intended to collide  opposing particle beams of either protons … or lead nuclei…  It is expected that it will address the most fundamental questions of physics, hopefully allowing progress in understanding the deepest laws of nature. The LHC lies in a tunnel 27 kilometres (17 mi) in circumference, as much as 175 metres (574 ft) beneath the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva, Switzerland.


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GEF #11 – Hadrian’s Wall

This week it is the magnificent structure we all know, Hadrian’s Wall.

“But why this wall?” you may ask yourself, well bemused reader, this Saturday [13th March] they will be lighting beacons all along the wall from one side of the UK to the other. A sight that has not been seen since the olden times.

And of course an obligatory Wikipedia quote follows this brief sentence;

Hadrian’s Wall (Latin: Vallum Aelium) is a stone and timber fortification  built by the Roman Empire across the width of what is now northern England. Begun in AD 122, during the rule of emperor Hadrian, it was the first of two fortifications built across Great Britain, the second being the Antonine Wall in what is now Scotland. Hadrian’s Wall is the better known of the two because its physical remains are more evident today.


For more information about lighting up the Wall visit Illuminating Hadrian’s Wall.

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GEF: Diamond Light Source

For this weeks Google Earth Friday we have the awe inspiring Diamond Light Source, a very large synchrotron based up in Oxfordshire, UK.

Here comes a Wikipedia Quote right at your face!

Diamond Light Source is a synchrotron  research facility located in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. It produced its first user beam towards the end of January 2007. Diamond is being used to probe the structure and properties of many types of materials and complex structures like proteins — information that is used by a wide range of scientists.


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