Astroquizzical: How do we know the universe is expanding evenly? (Synopsis)

When it comes to the Universe, physicists say things like: it originated in a Big Bang, it’s isotropic (or the same in all directions), and it’s homogeneous (the same everywhere), save for the effects of cosmic evolution. In every direction we look, we see galaxies expanding away from us, with the expansion rate increasing the … Read moreAstroquizzical: How do we know the universe is expanding evenly? (Synopsis)

Mostly Mute Monday: See Inside The Swirling Storms Of Saturn (Synopsis)

“It is marvelous indeed to watch on television the rings of Saturn close; and to speculate on what we may yet find at galaxy’s edge. But in the process, we have lost the human element; not to mention the high hope of those quaint days when flight would create ‘one world.’ Instead of one world, … Read moreMostly Mute Monday: See Inside The Swirling Storms Of Saturn (Synopsis)

Comments of the Week #74: from the Universe’s age to the love of science

“To me there has never been a higher source of earthly honor or distinction than that connected with advances in science.” -Isaac Newton And the advances continue, not just here at Starts With A Bang but everywhere humans are engaged in the practice of gathering knowledge about the world and Universe itself. This past week, we covered: … Read moreComments of the Week #74: from the Universe’s age to the love of science

Ask Ethan #103: Have We Solved The Black Hole Information Paradox? (Synopsis)

“Thus it seems Einstein was doubly wrong when he said, God does not play dice. Not only does God definitely play dice, but He sometimes confuses us by throwing them where they can’t be seen.” –Stephen Hawking You’ve no doubt heard that Stephen Hawking is claiming that the black hole information paradox has now been … Read moreAsk Ethan #103: Have We Solved The Black Hole Information Paradox? (Synopsis)

10 things you should know about black holes (Synopsis)

Earlier this week, Stephen Hawking shook up the world when he announced that he had uncovered the solution to the black hole information paradox at a conference in Stockholm. When particles fall into (or create) a black hole, information is encoded on the black hole’s surface, but when the black hole decays into radiation, that information … Read more10 things you should know about black holes (Synopsis)

Weekend Diversion: The Horror And Beauty of California’s Wildfires (Synopsis)

“the way to create art is to burn and destroy ordinary concepts and to substitute them with new truths that run down from the top of the head and out of the heart” –Charles Bukowski When it comes to destructive forces that are also mesmerizing and impossible to look away from, it’s hard to compete … Read moreWeekend Diversion: The Horror And Beauty of California’s Wildfires (Synopsis)