Defending Physics Against Cracked.com

“In science, “fact” can only mean “confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent.” I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms.” –Stephen Jay Gould Those of you who follow me on either google+, facebook or twitter … Read moreDefending Physics Against Cracked.com

Weekend Diversion: The Best (and Easiest) Charity Ever!

“You cannot hope to build a better world without improving individuals. We all must work for our own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity.” -Marie Curie Most of us remember the importance of being charitable on a few rare occasions throughout the year, most commonly around the year’s … Read moreWeekend Diversion: The Best (and Easiest) Charity Ever!

Learning all about the Eagle, all over again

“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 While large parts of the internet are blacked out … Read moreLearning all about the Eagle, all over again

Did this Supernova Leave Nothing Behind?

“Nothing leads the scientist so astray as a premature truth.” –Jean Rostand One of the most awesome events, literally, that happens in this Universe is when stars — giant nuclear furnaces like our Sun — die in the most energetic way possible: a supernova. Video credit: Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Ors Hunor Detre, Oliver Krause), via … Read moreDid this Supernova Leave Nothing Behind?