A post on BoingBoing caught Holly's eye not long ago, and since it mixed adorable animals with history and science, naturally we picked it right up. As a bonus: This animal/science story doesn't end in tears, with dogs floating alone in space or some such. Today we talk about Felicia, who helped clean particle accelerator pipes at Fermilab, along with some of the other animals that have called the laboratory and its property home.
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- Encyclopædia Britannica Online. "Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory." http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/204782/Fermi-National-Accelerator-Laboratory.
- Fermilab. "Ecology/Nature - Wildlife." http://www.fnal.gov/pub/about/campus/ecology/wildlife/index.html
- Fermilab. "Fermilab History and Archives Project: Natural History - Wildlife. http://history.fnal.gov/wildlife.html
- Fermilab. "Fermilab History and Archives Project: Natural History - Wildlife - Felicia Ferret." http://history.fnal.gov/felicia.html
- Hoddeson, Lillian, Adrienne W. Kolb and Catherine Westfall. "Fermilab: Physics, the Frontier, and Megascience." Chicago University Press.
- Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. "About Fermilab." March 2013. http://www.fnal.gov/pub/presspass/factsheets/pdfs/AboutFermilab_FactSheet_031913.pdf