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Comment Re:mythbusters have to test the 87kg of TNT part n (Score 1) 81

.7m x 7m long carbon cylinder

That's about what I remember from a TV show about the LHC a while ago; roughly about 1 m in diameter (what's that in foot, 10 square feet?), 7m (23 feet) long. If the beam is directed into it, it heats up to about 800 degrees C (~1700 degrees F according to Google) in an instant.

I can picture the scientist going "Operation room, the pizza's a bit stale, and the coffee machine blew up. Would you mind rerouting the beam once more?"

(s/degrees/the simple circled degree character that /. is munging for some reason/g)

Comment Moving to 'normal' models (Score 1) 391

Somewhat related to this, the biggest german women's magazine announced a couple days ago that they will no longer hire professional models because they are too thin: Article at The Guardian. Money quote: "For years we've had to use Photoshop to fatten the girls up. Especially their thighs, and decolletage. But this is disturbing and perverse and what has it got to do with our real reader?"

We're living in a golden age. All you need is gold. -- D.W. Robertson.