How did we get here?

You may find yourself living in a shotgun shack You may find yourself in another part of the world You may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile You may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife You may ask yourself: well… how did I get here? –Talking Heads Yesterday’s … Read more

Weekend Diversion: Happy Everything

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing: it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” –Voltaire All over the world, there are celebrations going on today. Yes, it’s Christmas, but there’s a much older reason to celebrate. I’m not talking about Roman festivals, Ancient Greek celebrations, or even old Hebrew traditions, although I … Read more

Hubble for the Holidays: Have a Cigar!

“Equipped with his five senses, man explores the Universe around him and calls the adventure Science.” –Edwin Hubble I promised you, this week, we’d be taking a look at the power of the Hubble Space Telescope. Yesterday, we looked at Eta Carinae, but today, I decided to look a little farther. Have a listen to … Read more

Hubble for the Holidays: Eta Carinae

“We find them smaller and fainter, in constantly increasing numbers, and we know that we are reaching into space, farther and farther, until, with the faintest nebulae that can be detected with the greatest telescopes, we arrive at the frontier of the known Universe.” –Edwin Hubble There’s really only one way to appreciate just how … Read more

What is Science? What is Hype?

“The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos.” –Stephen Jay Gould Tuesday, I talked about an alternative theory to cosmic inflation. Whereas cosmic inflation gives you a uniform, flat Universe, that’s the … Read more