Weekend Diversion: Things That Look Like Other Things

“Appearances are often deceiving.” –Aesop While the Louvin Brothers might tell you that something else is more deceiving than appearances, as they sing Satan Lied To Me,there’s an internet site out there I’ve just discovered that celebrates creativity in deceptive appearances. For your enjoyment, I present Things That Look Like Other Things! Some of my … Read moreWeekend Diversion: Things That Look Like Other Things

How do we know how many galaxies are in the Universe?

“The human mind is not capable of grasping the Universe. We are like a little child entering a huge library. The walls are covered to the ceilings with books in many different tongues. The child knows that someone must have written these books. It does not know who or how. It does not understand the … Read moreHow do we know how many galaxies are in the Universe?

A New Test of Dark Matter vs. Modified Gravity: Who Wins?

“The best way to escape from a problem is to solve it.” –Alan Saporta One of the greatest puzzles in the Universe today is just why the Universe is structured the way it is. For the individual galaxies that we see, the puzzle is why they rotate at the speeds they do. If the only … Read moreA New Test of Dark Matter vs. Modified Gravity: Who Wins?

Dark Energy, Dark Flow, and can we explain it away?

“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.” –Edgar Allen Poe Earlier this week, the Nobel Prize in Physics was announced for the discovery that the Universe is not only expanding, but that this expansion is accelerating! What does an accelerated expansion … Read moreDark Energy, Dark Flow, and can we explain it away?