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Scientists from project down with proton rap

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Scientists from Project down with proton rap

Upset there aren't enough good rap songs about particle physics? Kate McAlpine had to do something to celebrate the firing up of a new particle collider built in a 17-mile circular tunnel in Switzerland. But who isn't excited about that? So she wrote a rap and made a video in the tunnel. "We love the rap, and the science is spot on," said James Gillies, a spokesman for the lab. "You'll find pretty close to unanimity among physicists that it's great." And who are better critics of rap than particle physicists? When they flip the switch next week, the $3.8-billion machine, above, will collide beams of protons moving at close to the speed of light to see what particles appear in the resulting debris. According to McAlpine, a Michigan State grad and science writer, "the things that it discovers will rock you in the head." To see the video, go to katemcalpine.com/webout.html.

Flaw & order

Amorous evening is dubious in Dubai

A British couple on vacation in Dubai were arrested on July 5 and charged with having sex outside of marriage. But even worse, Michelle Palmer and Vince Acors were arrested for having sex outside. They were caught during an intimate moment on the beach and while the city is one of the more freewheeling in the Arab world, it still frowns on public displays of affection. Their defense is that they were just snuggling, but that's a problem there, too. Palmer and Acors were in court Tuesday and asked the judge if they could leave the country. He ignored them and set a trial date for next week. The couple could get two years in jail if convicted.

Ticked over ticket, she showed them

Police in Athens, Ga., gave a woman a ticket for jaywalking about 1 a.m. Saturday. They said that the woman, understandably, was a little upset after getting the ticket. So she responded in a completely appropriate manner, lifting her skirt and mooning oncoming traffic. Okay, they didn't think that was completely appropriate, because they arrested her. They suspect the woman may have been drinking.

Subject has artificial leg, arm, torso ...

When police in Izu City, Japan, got a report of a body found in a sleeping bag in the forest, they went and picked it up and took it back to the station for the postmortem exam. It was apparently an off-night for the front-line stars of CSI: Izu City, because when the medical examiner opened up the sleeping bag in the exam room, she found a life-size doll. It was pretty convincing, according to the newspaper Asahi, but the autopsy was canceled.

Update

Overweight inmate

The Ohio Parole Board has thrown out Richard Cooey's bid for clemency. The death row inmate argued that he is too fat to be executed in a humane manner. The 5-foot-7, 267-pound inmate was sentenced to death for raping and murdering two women.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at jwebster@sptimes.com.

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