Comments of the Week #100: From wave-particle duality to leap day

“A great accomplishment shouldn’t be the end of the road, just the starting point for the next leap forward.” -Harvey Mackay Tomorrow is such a big, rare day that it only comes once every four years (or 4.1237 years, for a little greater precision), yet practically every day offers something new and wonderful here at Starts With … Read moreComments of the Week #100: From wave-particle duality to leap day

Ask Ethan: Why are maps of the cosmos oval-shaped? (Synopsis)

“The bedrock nature of space and time and the unification of cosmos and quantum are surely among science’s great ‘open frontiers.’ These are parts of the intellectual map where we’re still groping for the truth – where, in the fashion of ancient cartographers, we must still inscribe ‘here be dragons.’” -Martin Rees We know the … Read moreAsk Ethan: Why are maps of the cosmos oval-shaped? (Synopsis)

LIGO’s Black Holes Probably Did Not Come From One Star (Synopsis)

“Even if the Fermi detection is a false alarm, future LIGO events should be monitored for accompanying light irrespective of whether they originate from black hole mergers. Nature can always surprise us.” -Avi Loeb Ever since LIGO first announced the direct detection of gravitational waves from two merging black holes, the physics and astronomy community … Read moreLIGO’s Black Holes Probably Did Not Come From One Star (Synopsis)

Sorry, but lasers aren’t taking you to Mars anytime soon (Synopsis)

“Greatness is not in were we stand, but in what direction we are moving. We must sail sometimes with the wind, and sometimes against it – but sail we must. And not drift, nor lie at anchor.” –Oliver Wendell Holmes It’s long been a dream of humanity to travel interplanetary distances at great speeds, or … Read moreSorry, but lasers aren’t taking you to Mars anytime soon (Synopsis)

Comments of the Week #99: From “scientific” theories to what the Universe expands into

“Here’s an analogy. The Universe is expanding the way your mind is expanding. It’s not expanding into anything; you’re just getting less dense.” -Katie Mack Excitement about the Universe in general — and gravitational waves in particular — is still peaking here at Starts With A Bang. Did you catch everything we covered this past week? Here’s what you … Read moreComments of the Week #99: From “scientific” theories to what the Universe expands into

Ask Ethan: do gravitational waves exhibit wave-particle duality? (Synopsis)

“You asked me how to get out of the finite dimensions when I feel like it. I certainly don’t use logic when I do it. Logic’s the first thing you have to get rid of.” -J.D. Salinger Now that gravitational waves have been verified to exist, and the first black hole-black hole merger has been … Read moreAsk Ethan: do gravitational waves exhibit wave-particle duality? (Synopsis)