Daily: 29th August 2011

29 August, 2011 at 00:01 (GMT+01:00)

By Bridget Schuil

Wow, what a race! I think I need to watch it again and count all the passes, just to figure out what happened. Alternatively, I need to build a Formula 1 cave with screens and wifi...a bit like the one the stewards have. Of course, the big news was Senna being back in the car. I was overjoyed for him – while simultaneously feeling really rotten for Heidfeld – but Bruno could barely keep the grin off his face in his post-race interview with the Beeb despite having a rather bad afternoon thanks to his first-corner accident. I look forward to a good dissection of the race in the comments, but in the meantime shall we have some other links?

I found a collection of truly seminal talks about happiness.

It's probably a good thing that we now know how to stay happy in spite of adverse circumstances. Well, it will be for physicists, because it would appear that the Higgs boson may not exist at all.

Alternatively, being able to stay happy will be good for the Americans. They put in most of the money to put the space station in orbit, but have had their funding cut. Now the Russians want to scrap it within a decade.

While the space junkies are running out of money, the zoologists are doing quite well. So well, in fact, that they're crowd-sourcing ants for a project, just in case you felt like collecting some wingless hymenopts.

While we're on the subject of insects, the cottony cushion scale – an agricultural pest – has worked out a way to reproduce without males. This goes against the theory of evolutionary advantage in this documentary.

Returning from our little sojourn into biology, not all physicists have been having a frustrating time. Some caught a black hole burping its most recent starry meal.

Have you ever wondered why the sun is cooler than a nuclear reactor? I found a cartoon to explain it. I also found a recording of the sound of hydrogen.

While that's playing its spooky sound, let me end off with a secret – not my own, of course; one from Postsecret. It's the highlight of my Sundays to read other people's secrets, but it makes me especially happy when people respond to secrets. So here it is: A Secret. A response.

Have a great week everyone!

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