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Gravity: the dance of space and time

Jan 31 2013 Published by under Uncategorized

Our solar system is in a sparsely populated part of our galaxy and thus, fortunately for us, encounters with stars are rare and distant. However other regions in the Universe, like the center of our galaxy, are more crowded: they are packed with stars that either orbit each other or a central massive black hole. In the vicinity of heavy objects in fast motion, space and time do not behave in the way we are familiar with; rather, they behave as a single dynamical entity, space-time, such that its fabric stretches, twists, torques and even vibrates like the membrane of a drum, giving off the "sounds" of the Universe in the form of gravitational waves.
Around these subjects of cutting edge research a dialogue has been established between a couple of enthusiastic scientists and a curious, inspired community of artists: the result is "Gravity", a dance show that has recently been performed at the University of Maryland. Take a look at its recorded video and stay tuned for some more detail on the blending of physics with dance.

Gravity: the dance of space and time

Choreography: Adriane Fang
Costume Design: Kate Fulop
Projection Design: Andrew Kaufman
Lighting Design: Paul D. Jackson
Performers: Star Cluster: Jennifer Alcott, Chelsea Brown, Christina Camacho, Ellen Clark, Kayla Coutts, Katie Gundlach, Rachel Mucha, Nicole Turchi
Gravity Grads: Robin Neveu-Brown, Erin Crawley-Woods, Jessie Laurita-Spanglet, Nicole Y. McClam, Megan Morse-Jans, Lynne Price

This work was created in collaboration with Professor Cole Miller of the Astronomy Department and Doctor Umberto Cannella of the Physics Department. Special thanks to Laurie Frederik Meer and James Forsberg for their valuable input.

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Ode to the Higgs

Jan 30 2013 Published by under Uncategorized

The Higgs boson is my name
which to you might sound insane
I came to put order in some mess
as I give every particle its mass
I've been hidin' for billions of years
but now I am in every mouth and ears
My potential looks like a Mexican hat
and on it now you know where I'm at
They made me come out in a cave
and they're really kind of brave
LHC is the machine at CERN
which did so well since on was turned.  

It does not end with me getting to fame
Coz we've only started playing the game 
You won't wait long for some more fun 
Coz in reality it's only just begun 
It took 50 years for an idea to test
Now for sure we can't just rest
So much stuff we don't know yet
We could call Hawking and make a bet
Most of the Universe is still obscure 
We need imagination of the most pure
Our ignorance amounts to a grand 96%
So we hope for some strange particle event 
To shed some light on the dark sector
We rely on some smart physics doctor 

If all this doesn't ring you any bell
Then there's one more thing I'd like to tell
A weird connection called spinoff 
that we should really not break off
What we discover due to curiosity
Turns out to benefit all humanity 
Get then ready for some insanity
There's something called hadron-therapy 
That can cure people's cancers 
With best precision and least dangers 
This is just one meaningful example 
Of a pattern that is quite more ample 
We explore Nature to understand
What is the picture the most grand 
In trying to know of every piece its place
we get something you can't quite replace
To discover a particle called Higgs Boson  
We opened wide a brand new horizon 
In conclusion that's the story
Of why I deserve so much glory
So the moral of the story is
Don't forget what my name is

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