Speaking of the LHC, the Boston Globe's terrific feature The Big Picture has a slew of gorgeous pictures of the Large Hadron Collider up on the site. These images, as beautiful and hi-res as they are, still cannot convey the awesome size and scale of the LHC. It's been a year and a half since I stood there, 100 meters below of the surface of the Earth, gawking slack-jawed at ATLAS, CMS, and the other magnificent machinery, and it almost seems like a dream to me. But then I shake out of it and remember: this is what we do, and it's real. Secrets of the Universe? We humans figure that stuff out over coffee. What's next?