No, it's not the Olsen Twins first venture into pr0n, it's the foundational experiment that led to modern quantum theory. Unfortunately, the video ends before getting to the coolest possible conclusion to be made from the experiment: the Many Worlds Interpretation.
The phrase "many worlds" was first used by Bryce DeWitt, who wrote more on the topic following Everett. In each of these worlds, everything starts out identical, except for the one initial difference; but from this point on, they develop independently. No communication is possible between the separate universe, so the people living in them (and splitting along with them) would have no idea what was really going on. Thus, according to this view, the world branches endlessly. What is "the present" to us, lies in the pasts of an uncountably huge number of different futures. Everything that can happen does happen, somewhere.
The best fictional depiction of "the Multiverse," in which all of the potential Universes overlay one another simultaneously, is Stephen Baxter's "Manifold Time" - great, great read. Also well worth your (less than manifold) time is his brilliant sequel to HG Wells', "The Time Machine," called, "The Time Ships."
A Dutch primary school teacher who is dying of cancer is overseeing one last project among her beloved pupils - they are making a coffin for her.
Eri van den Biggelaar, 40, has just a few weeks left to live after being diagnosed last year with an aggressive form of cervical cancer. Always popular at school, she asked the arts and crafts teacher to build a casket for her.
'Why don't you let the children make it?' replied her colleague and woodwork teacher Erik van Dijk.
Now the youngsters, who normally plane wood for baskets and placemats, are putting the finishing touches to what will be the final resting place for Miss Biggelaar. The children have sawed more than one hundred narrow little boards and glued them together, and only the lid needs to be done now.
The coffin is standing in the middle of one of the classrooms. Some of the children play with it, climbing into it and pretending to be U-boat captains.
While Biggelaar is no longer able to work, she is keeping track of the coffins progress, looking at sketch plans and being kept up to date about it by pupils, aged between four and 11, who visit her at home.
She says: 'Life and death belong together. The children realised that when I explained it to them. I didn't want to be morbid about it, I wanted them to help me.'
The "Top Gear" team takes a challenge and goes border-to-border across Alabama in cars and pick-ups painted with slogans like, "Hillary for President," and "NASCAR Sucks," trying not to get shot or arrested... with rocky results.
The effect can reportedly be traced to the nucleus accumbens. When you're looking at another human being, the nucleus accumbens is the area of the brain that decides how attractive that human being's face is. If you look at, say, George Clooney or Angelina Jolie, this area of your brain probably experiences increased neural firing. In other words, it's stimulated. As it turns out, alcohol, all by itself, stimulates the nucleus accumbens. So when you've have a few drinks, and you look at a face you may have judged as unattractive when you were sober, your brain, under the influence of alcohol, tells you that this face is in fact somewhat attractive. And the increase in perceived attractive seems to be directly proportional to the amount of alcohol consumed.
In a more recent study, this one conducted by researchers at England's Manchester University in 2005, scientists actually came up with a mathematical formula to calculate the extent of the "beer goggle" effect on a given individual in a given situation. Their reasoning for creating this formula is that alcohol is not really the only factor affecting the drunken perception of beauty. Other factors, according to their research, include:
How brightly lit the area is The observer's eye-sight quality The amount of smoke in the air The distance of the observer from the observed The formula goes like this:
(An)2 x d(S + 1) ________________ √L x (Vo)2
where: An is the number of servings of alcohol S is the smokiness of the area on a scale of 0 - 10 L is the lighting level of the area, measured in candelas per square meter, in which 150 is normal room lightning Vo is Snellen visual acuity, in which 6/6 is normal and 6/12 is the lower limit at which someone is able to drive d is the distance between the observer and the observed, measured in meters
The formula works out a "beer goggle" score ranging from 1 to 100+. When β = 1, the observer is perceiving the same degree of beauty he or she would perceive in a sober state. At 100+, everybody in the room is a perfect 10.
I've only seen one episode this year, and this clip above. My prediction: the 16-year old former crackbaby girl from the episode that I did see and this guy from the clip will be in the finals, and he will win.