Where the streets have well-known names

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Route Bohr Sign

The sign for Route N. Bohr is one of many at CERN named after scientists who made major contributions to physics.

Hidden beneath a region of fondue, mountains and chocolate is one of our most complex tools.  A short tram ride northwest of Geneva takes you to CERN, the home of the world’s most powerful particle accelerator.  The Large Hadron Collider smashes particles together at unprecedented energies, which scientists study to answer questions about how the universe works.  For a month I wandered down CERN’s streets named after legendary physicists of the past, such as Niels Bohr, Ernest Rutherford and Albert Einstein.  I was in awe in the presence of the massive detectors that trace the smallest of particles.  But what I enjoyed the most during my stay was the chance to listen to some of today’s brightest minds talk about why they do what they do. Continue reading

Silver investment


I recently made a substantial investment in silver.  An instructor helped me realize that I’ve spent hundreds of dollars and dozens of hours in the past months with the precious metal.  It’s not the type of silver I can wear or use to pay a toll, but after a series of chemical baths my silver gives me a great return. Continue reading

The important question

At the end of a day full of interviews at the CTIO library, I still had the most important question to ask: Where is a good place to eat?

A few people suggested a Colombian restaurant down the street.  By down the street, they meant down the mini mountain that is the compound of CTIO houses.  I didn’t realize how steep the slope was going down, but my legs definitely felt the effects of the incline on the way back up.

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Chile beginnings

After Chicago to Atlanta to Santiago to La Serena, I finally arrived on Cerro Tololo to get a close-up look at the Dark Energy Camera.  I got to touch the 8-ton instrument, watch it take pictures at night and stargazed with some of the best astronomers in the world.  Though all this excitement does not help with my jet lag, it doesn’t seem there are enough hours in the day to see everything.  Here is a sample of what I’ve witnessed so far.

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