The Golden Goose award, a project of Rep. Jim Cooper of Tennessee, honors federally funded research which was apparently without application at the time of funding but which has turned out to be massively useful. Seems like great public relations for basic science.
Did you know The Number Theory Web is still there? Young folks, let me tell you about the days of Web 1.0, when we used to scan the new listings here all the time to find out about interesting upcoming conferences. Actually, even now, what’s the right way for young number theorists to find out about interesting conferences?
A UW-Madison undergraduate is paying his way through school with his success as a competitive eater. “[H]e eats no more than 3,100 calories a day, mostly vegetables to avoid increasing his waistline, and stretches his stomach by eating 10 pounds of cabbage or broccoli in a single sitting followed by a lot of water.”