Weekend Diversion: Build your own Iron-rich star! (Synopsis)

“Iron helps us play!” –The Simpsons If you were to peel back the layers of a supermassive star, before it went supernova, what you’d find were a slew of layers abundant in the even-numbers elements up to iron, but little else. Well, this weekend, have I got a fun little find for you! First off, enjoy the … Read moreWeekend Diversion: Build your own Iron-rich star! (Synopsis)

Comments of the Week #7: On Education, the Skies and the Stars

“All speech, written or spoken, is a dead language, until it finds a willing and prepared hearer.” -Robert Louis Stevenson It’s been another wonderful week in the Universe, and there’s been so much to share together. New this week on the main Starts With A Bang blog over at Medium, we’ve talked about: Are our … Read moreComments of the Week #7: On Education, the Skies and the Stars

Throwback Thursday: Top 5 Signs of New Physics (Synopsis)

“Other than the laws of physics, rules have never really worked out for me.” –Craig Ferguson When you think about the Standard Model of particle physics, you very likely think about all the matter, energy, particles, antiparticles, forces and interactions of the Universe. And you might legitimately worry that this is all there is. Never fear; it can’t … Read moreThrowback Thursday: Top 5 Signs of New Physics (Synopsis)

Weekend Diversion: The greatest album covers as seen from behind (Synopsis)

“I feel very adventurous. There are so many doors to be opened, and I’m not afraid to look behind them.” –Elizabeth Taylor You know how important music is to me, and for many of you it holds a similarly prominent place in your lives and in your hearts. A big part of that experience, going … Read moreWeekend Diversion: The greatest album covers as seen from behind (Synopsis)

Comments of the Week #6: From Matter/Antimatter to Eclipses

“It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.” –Voltaire It’s been another great week over on the main Starts With A Bang blog, where we got to touch on a number of remarkable topics, including: Why are we made of matter? (For Ask Ethan #31) Trompe-l’œil Art (For our Weekend Diversion) … Read moreComments of the Week #6: From Matter/Antimatter to Eclipses

Ask Ethan #32: Are our students doomed to an inferior education? (Synopsis)

“Quite frankly, teachers are the only profession that teach our children.”  –Dan Quayle It wasn’t that long ago that I myself was a student, and of course over the past decade-and-a-half I’ve been very heavily involved in education — both formally and informally — at a huge variety of levels. And over time, education methods … Read moreAsk Ethan #32: Are our students doomed to an inferior education? (Synopsis)