their story about a newly-discovered form of the element boron, a story we also covered at C&EN. I guess it's about as hilarious a reminder as possible to be sure I get my facts right - I doubt it'll spark curiosity about the basic science achievement, although I'd love to be wrong on that. Watch the smackdown in this video - it's glorious to behold.
*Hat tips to WiSci, CBC, Sceptical
UPDATE 2/11/09: The corresponding author of the new boron work, Artem Oganov of Stony Brook University, got quite the introduction to Conan’s brand of comedy. In an e-mail, he told C&EN that while he’s never seen Late Night until now, he does try to make time for “Borat” comedian Sacha Baron-Cohen's shows. Conan's rant was completely scientifically accurate, Oganov says, so much so that he’d “like to show Conan's clip as an introduction to boron's physics and chemistry in lectures and classes.”
When I fact-checked one of my story drafts this morning, I felt as though Conan O'Brien was watching. That's because O'Brien, comedian and host of the TV show Late Night, gave the New York Times a piece of his mind when he noticed a correction they printed for a science news story. To be more specific, the error was in