The Lighter Side of Science

Yesterday’s Big Post About Science was awfully serious. As he often does, my college roommate, Philip Austin (today an associate professor in the Atmospheric Sciences Programme at the University of British Columbia), reminded me that science is fun, too. Phil’s a dedicated, very smart fellow, one of those remarkable scientists who reads widely, writes gracefully (OK, his scientific papers can get a little dense) and persuasively, and is engaged with the real world. Today’s email included a message from Phil with a link to a hilarious story, "Scientists Ask Congress to Fund $50 Billion Science Thing," from The Onion. As Phil noted, you’ll want to pay special attention to the graphic "Giant Machine Creates Science."

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