Speed of Thought
First guy: I got really sick after drinking milk with cream.
Second guy: How are you feeling now?
First guy: Well, my stomach was churning for a while, but now I'm finally feeling butter.
"I have to exercise in the morning before my brain figures out what I'm doing." -- Marsha Doble
This week in 1959 at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York, the first U.S. atomic reactor built specifically for medical research reached criticality. The reactor was mainly used for developing and testing boron neutron capture therapy, a promising treatment for patients with a deadly form of brain cancer called glioblastoma multiforme. BNCT uses radiation and a boron compound to destroy cancer cells while leaving healthy cells intact. The reactor was shut down in 2000.
Ig Nobel Apprised
The Ig Nobel Prizes celebrate achievements that make people laugh, then think. A look at real science that's hard to take seriously and even harder to ignore.