First, James' post on the Large Hadron Collider reminds me of a very clever short story: Some Particles Just Shouldn't Be Accelerated. Enjoy.
Second -- and please forgive the vanity, but writing a blog is an exercise in vanity already -- I sometimes post short stories on my other blog, and I thought my most recent entry would be of interest to readers of this one, as it is something of a send-up of the Brights and their ilk. Here it is.
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