Lego Hadron Collider: if you step on the “God particle” it hurts…

A 1:50 scale model of the Large Hadron Collider’s Atlas Detector. In Legos. Yes.

Some fun facts – the guy behind it wanted Lego to embrace the project, producing it as a kit…

“The raw materials required to the build the LHC model cost about EUR 2,000, funded by the high energy physics group to promote alternative ways of learning.

The company that builds lego bricks (trademarked in capitals as LEGO) has so far not reacted to Professor Mehlhase’s proposal to build the model.”


Perhaps this is why:

“The model is made of 9,500 lego bricks and is about 1:50 in scale. There is no construction manual yet, but there will soon be one, he says on his website. The model is very intricate, even showing the innermost pixel detector.”

There’s a gallery of construction pictures and stuff here.
It was created by the University of Copenhagen, Via thenextweb

2011 in Legos

It’s that time of year again. The time when we wrap things up, reflect, and write lists.

I’ll put together my mega 2011 in the next day or so. But in the meantime. Here’s a Flickr Set from The Guardian compiling newsworthy events in Lego.

Rupert Murdoch cops a pie.

The Occupy Protests

The Situation Room – the day Obama got Osama.

The casual pepper spray cop.

Steve Jobs


The Mystery of the Giant Lego Man and his Lego Army

This chalk painting is pretty amazing. Am I right?

And is apparently a response to the re-emergence of Ego Leonard (wiki), the giant floating lego man who has washed up on beaches around the world. Most recently in the US.

It is possible that the chalk artist is the man behind the giant. The newspaper running this story didn’t really like the old “artist uses a mysterious giant lego man to sell stuff” trick. But it’s fine by me.

Here, lest any mystery be left unsolved, is the drawing behind that magical chalk art.

Via BoingBoing

Expand your LEGO horizons with Rebrickable

I have no idea what set numbers our family’s lego collection contains. But as I start investing in a Lego collection for my own children (it’s not too early, right?) I’ll be keeping tabs on Rebrickable – which calculates what sets you can form using the sets you own. It’s like getting a whole new spaceship. You can also get schematics for user generated constructions.

You can make stuff like this Lego Gundam (a Japanese transformer type robot). You’ll need 501 pieces, spread across 155 varieties of part. But it looks doable.

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