Ask Ethan #108: Is there any “instant” sunlight? (Synopsis)

“Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn’t people feel as free to delight in whatever sunlight remains to them?” –Rose Kennedy It’s a good thing that sunlight doesn’t reach us simply from its moment of creation in the core of stars, otherwise we’d be bombarded with lethal gamma rays, rather than the life-giving UV, visible … Read moreAsk Ethan #108: Is there any “instant” sunlight? (Synopsis)

Throwback Thursday: How The Higgs Gives Mass To The Universe (Synopsis)

“This is evidently a discovery of a new particle. If anybody claims otherwise you can tell them they have lost connection with reality.” –Tommaso Dorigo Three years ago, we announced the discovery of the Higgs boson, the last undiscovered fundamental particle predicted by the standard model. In addition to the quarks, leptons, gluons, photon and W-and-Z … Read moreThrowback Thursday: How The Higgs Gives Mass To The Universe (Synopsis)

The Difference A Dark Sky Makes (Synopsis)

“The reports of the eclipse parties not only described the scientific observations in great detail, but also the travels and experiences, and were sometimes marked by a piquancy not common in official documents.” –Simon Newcomb By far, one of the highlights of astronomy this year took place earlier this week: a total lunar eclipse featuring … Read moreThe Difference A Dark Sky Makes (Synopsis)