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Hearts collide — in a good way — at RHIC

Dave Mosher (left) and Kendra Snyder inside the STAR detector at Brookhaven's Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, minutes after getting engaged. (photo courtesy of Dave Mosher/davemosher.com)

When Kendra Snyder, a science writer in Brookhaven Lab’s Media & Communications Office, entered the STAR detector at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) last Friday afternoon to view some unusual crystalline deposits — supposedly formed in the beam pipe — she got an even bigger surprise: a diamond ring and a marriage proposal from fellow science writer Dave Mosher.

The unusual proposal, dubbed “The Nerdiest Marriage Proposal . . . Ever” on Mosher’s blog, triggered the interest of a reporter at The Daily, News Corporation’s new iPad-only daily newspaper. Snyder and Mosher were interviewed last night, and the story — which includes references to RHIC’s near-light-speed gold ion collisions — appears in today’s edition.

Even if you don’t have an iPad, you can view the video, “Geek Love,” here.

— Karen McNulty Walsh, Brookhaven Media & Communications

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