Most Massive Collection Of Giant Stars Ever Revealed By Hubble (Synopsis)

“The night has a thousand eyes, and the day but one; Yet the light of the bright world dies with the dying sun.” -Francis William Bourdillon When we look for the brightest, bluest, most massive individual stars, we’re restricted to looking nearby, since it’s impossible to resolve individual stars at distances that extend much beyond … Read moreMost Massive Collection Of Giant Stars Ever Revealed By Hubble (Synopsis)

Ask Ethan: Could Dark Energy Recycle The Universe? (Synopsis)

“Quintessence is a dynamic, time-evolving, and spatially dependent form of energy with negative pressure sufficient to drive the accelerating expansion […] Whereas the cosmological constant is a very specific form of energy.” -Robert Caldwell, inventor of the Big Rip scenario Our Universe began with a period of cosmic inflation: where energy intrinsic to space itself … Read moreAsk Ethan: Could Dark Energy Recycle The Universe? (Synopsis)

The next great global warming hiatus is coming! (Synopsis)

“…as a scientist I was trained you always have to show the negative data, the data that disagrees with you, and then make the case that your case is stronger.” -Richard Muller Global temperatures have been on the rise not just for decades, but for as long as we’ve been measuring temperatures around the globe: … Read moreThe next great global warming hiatus is coming! (Synopsis)

Mostly Mute Monday: New Map Of The Milky Way Is Complete (Synopsis)

“True realism consists in revealing the surprising things which habit keeps covered and prevents us from seeing.” -Jean Cocteau Each time you look at a photograph of the Universe, you aren’t just seeing it as it was at a particular moment in time, but also in a particular wavelength (or set of wavelengths) of light! … Read moreMostly Mute Monday: New Map Of The Milky Way Is Complete (Synopsis)

Comments of the Week #102: From a “hole” in the Universe to a black hole eating the Earth

“[W]hen I was younger, I was afraid of something that didn’t make a lot of sense. But now I’m not. I have nothing to worry about. It doesn’t matter.” -Maurice Sendak Well, here in the USA we’re all still reeling from the loss of an hour for daylight savings time, and in the meantime, I’ve been reeling … Read moreComments of the Week #102: From a “hole” in the Universe to a black hole eating the Earth

Could the LHC make an Earth-killing black hole? (Synopsis)

John Oliver: So, roughly speaking, what are the chances that the world is going to be destroyed? One-in-a-million? One-in-a-billion? Walter Wagner: Well, the best we can say right now is a one-in-two chance. John: 50-50? Walter: Yeah, 50-50… It’s a chance, it’s a 50-50 chance. John: You come back to this 50-50 thing, what is … Read moreCould the LHC make an Earth-killing black hole? (Synopsis)

Gravitational waves will show the quantum nature of reality (Synopsis)

“If you are not completely confused by quantum mechanics, you do not understand it.” -John Wheeler Now that LIGO has detected gravitational waves directly, it’s time to examine all the different sources that they come from, and what they can teach us about the Universe. While accelerating masses in strong gravitational fields — black holes, … Read moreGravitational waves will show the quantum nature of reality (Synopsis)