Weekend Diversion: The Amazing Life of Coral Reefs (Synopsis)

“Ten percent of the big fish still remain. There are still some blue whales. There are still some krill in Antarctica. There are a few oysters in Chesapeake Bay. Half the coral reefs are still in pretty good shape, a jeweled belt around the middle of the planet. There’s still time, but not a lot, … Read moreWeekend Diversion: The Amazing Life of Coral Reefs (Synopsis)

Comments of the Week #4: From null results to the Multiverse

“A scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.” -Max Planck It’s been a great week for learning a little more about our Universe, from fundamental particles to scales beyond … Read moreComments of the Week #4: From null results to the Multiverse

Throwback Thursday: Have we found our last fundamental particle? (Synopsis)

“The particle and the planet are subject to the same laws and what is learned of one will be known of the other.” –James Smithson Now that the Higgs has been discovered, the Standard Model is complete. But are there any other new particles? If asymptotic safety is right — and it’s looking like the … Read moreThrowback Thursday: Have we found our last fundamental particle? (Synopsis)

What is the Multiverse, and why do we think it exists? (Synopsis)

“In the confusion we stay with each other, happy to be together, speaking without uttering a single word.” -Walt Whitman With the new result out from BICEP2, and even more firm evidence for cosmic inflation in place, many of you must be wondering what this means for the Multiverse. From our observable Universe, we can … Read moreWhat is the Multiverse, and why do we think it exists? (Synopsis)

Messier Monday: A Perfectly Calm Spiral in a Gravitational Storm, M88

“We’ll ride the spiral to the end and may just go where no one’s been.” -Tool A beautifully undisturbed, large spiral can be found right at the heart of the Virgo Cluster. Sure, looking at the heart of the Virgo Cluster on its own, you might totally overlook today’s Messier object. But you sure would … Read moreMessier Monday: A Perfectly Calm Spiral in a Gravitational Storm, M88