Daily: 1st August 2011

1 August, 2011 at 00:08 (GMT+01:00)

By Bridget Schuil

So, the summer break is here. Despite Hungary's reputation for being a dull race, we had quite an exciting one! Vettel proved that he could actually pull off a decent overtake; Heidfeld lost most of his exhaust before his engine blew up; Hamilton actually made a decent apology; Button defied the usual jinx that accompanies significan races to win his 200th Grand Prix. I don't think too many people would compare today to a race in Bahrain!

Well, Hulki might, because he's itching to be behind the wheel again.

Hulkenberg says that if he cannot race in F1 next year, he would not want to remain a test driver and would look to a different series.

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Have you ever wondered why there are so many systems in the world that don't work? Herewith This Is Broken.

Now for the physics geeks among you, an addictive vampire game. Don't worry, it has nothing to do with the likes of Edward Cullen.

Still on non-Edward Cullen related things, we have a rocky stalker who lives in a permanent twilight zone.

I don't know how many of you care, know about, or are following the unfolding search for the Higgs boson particle, but there's some exciting news. The researchers are being quite cautious about announcing it, but both the LHC at Cern and the Tevatron particle accelerator near Chicago have had similar results to suggest its existence.

As it turns out, our chemistry teachers may have been too closed-minded about the definition of hydrogen bonds. Don't you like when cool geeks prove people who tortured us in high school wrong?

Speaking of the stuff of life, I worked at the life-themed TED Global conference a few weeks ago (as a human signpost, not as anything interesting) and overheard a presentation about an eco-friendly way of dealing with human remains: mushrooms. While it might be a bit close to the plot-line of a film featuring the talents of Method Man and Redman for some people's comfort, it's an interesting idea.

Lastly, I'd like to return to the idea of good common sense. If you find yourself flagging this week, Hamish McDougall has a few suggestions to pep you up a wee bit.

Have a great week, Sidepodders! I'll see you in the comments :)

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