Could right-handed neutrinos solve the dark matter puzzle? (Synopsis)

“Eight solid light-years of lead…is the thickness of that metal in which you would need to encase yourself if you wanted to keep from being touched by neutrinos.” -Michael Chabon When it comes to dark matter, the most commonly considered candidates are WIMPs, or Weakly-Interacting Massive Particles. But with the failure of the LHC to … Read moreCould right-handed neutrinos solve the dark matter puzzle? (Synopsis)

Science is not faith-based, no matter what the Wall Street Journal says (Synopsis)

“The fundamental choice is not whether humans will have faith, but rather what the objects of their faith will be, and how far and into what dimensions this faith will extend.” -Matt Emerson Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Matt Emerson asserts that science is faith-based, since scientists believe that the predictions of their theories … Read moreScience is not faith-based, no matter what the Wall Street Journal says (Synopsis)

Pluto’s color variations finally make sense (Synopsis)

“This is in a real sense the capstone of the initial missions to explore the planets. Pluto, its moons and this part of the solar system are such mysteries that New Horizons will rewrite all of the textbooks.” -Alan Stern The New Horizons mission surprised everyone last July when it revealed Pluto to be a … Read morePluto’s color variations finally make sense (Synopsis)

Comments of the Week #101: from cosmic maps to our blue Earth

“Mistakes can be corrected by those who pay attention to facts but dogmatism will not be corrected by those who are wedded to a vision.” -Thomas Sowell It’s hard to believe, but it’s already almost time for spring! After leaping an extra day to help keep our calendar in synch, March started off with an … Read moreComments of the Week #101: from cosmic maps to our blue Earth

Ask Ethan: Is this actually a hole in the Universe? (Synopsis)

“Youth always tries to fill the void, an old man learns to live with it.” -Mark Z. Danielewski There are plenty of scientific myths that go around, including many that were generated recently by so-called science communicators that actively harm public knowledge. One of them was a now-famous image of a dark nebula silhouetted against … Read moreAsk Ethan: Is this actually a hole in the Universe? (Synopsis)

Why does Earth appear blue from space? (Synopsis)

“Whenever I gaze up at the moon, I feel like I’m on a time machine. I am back to that precious pinpoint of time, standing on the foreboding — yet beautiful — Sea of Tranquility. I could see our shining blue planet Earth poised in the darkness of space.” –Buzz Aldrin Seen from afar, Earth is often described as … Read moreWhy does Earth appear blue from space? (Synopsis)

Hubble shatters the cosmic distance record (Synopsis)

“Our spectroscopic observations reveal the galaxy to be even farther away than we had originally thought, right at the distance limit of what Hubble can observe.” -Gabriel Bremmer One of the holy grails of cosmology is to measure, directly, exactly when the first stars and galaxies formed in our Universe. The Hubble Space Telescope has … Read moreHubble shatters the cosmic distance record (Synopsis)

The Dark Side Of The Universe: A Live-Blog Event (Synopsis)

“If you take everything we know… it only adds up to 5% of the Universe.” -Katie Freese One of the greatest advances of the 20th century was the discovery of the vast nature of the cosmos: that it was filled with billions of galaxies, each containing billions of stars, and that it extended in all … Read moreThe Dark Side Of The Universe: A Live-Blog Event (Synopsis)

The mystery of fast radio bursts deepens: they can repeat! (Synopsis)

“From a little spark may burst a flame.” -Dante Alighieri Last week, it was reported that the mystery of fast radio bursts were solved, and that they were due to the merger of a neutron star with another collapsed object, well outside of our galaxy. However, not only was that analysis fundamentally flawed, but a … Read moreThe mystery of fast radio bursts deepens: they can repeat! (Synopsis)

Why college is so expensive, and how to fix it (Synopsis)

“When we make college more affordable, we make the American dream more achievable.” -Bill Clinton Over the next four years, the University of Helsinki will see its budget reduced by approximately 100 million Euros, or about 15% of its annual expenditures. As a response, it’s reducing its workforce by 980 members, a necessary cut given the … Read moreWhy college is so expensive, and how to fix it (Synopsis)