Dark Matter May Be Completely Invisible, Concludes World’s Most Sensitive Search (Synopsis)

“For me the best answer is not in words but in measurements.” -Elena Aprile If you want to find dark matter directly, your best hope is to gather a tremendous number of nucleons for it to interact with, wait an incredibly long period of time, and devise a device surrounding it capable of detecting even … Read moreDark Matter May Be Completely Invisible, Concludes World’s Most Sensitive Search (Synopsis)

Apollo 11’s Landing Was 47 Years Ago Today (Synopsis)

“I knew I was alone in a way that no earthling has ever been before.” -Michael Collins Less than a decade after the first human was launched into space, astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins journeyed from the Earth to the Moon. For the first time, human beings descended down to the lunar … Read moreApollo 11’s Landing Was 47 Years Ago Today (Synopsis)

Forty years ago, we landed on Mars… and found life? (Synopsis)

“This suggests a robust biological response. These analyses support the interpretation that the Viking LR experiment did detect extant microbial life on Mars.” -Bianciardi, Miller, Straat and Levin On July 20, 1976, the Viking 1 lander touched down onto the Martian surface, followed just a few weeks later by Viking 2. On board both landers … Read moreForty years ago, we landed on Mars… and found life? (Synopsis)

Deepest view of the Orion Nebula reveals shocking discoveries (Synopsis)

“…innumerable stars, thousands of double and multiple systems, clusters in one blaze with their tens of thousands of stars, and the nebulae amazing us by the strangeness of their forms and the incomprehensibility of their nature, till at last, from the limit of our senses, even these thin and airy phantoms vanish in the distance.” … Read moreDeepest view of the Orion Nebula reveals shocking discoveries (Synopsis)

Comments of the Week #118: From the LHC’s discoveries to the first stars

“We called the new quark the “charmed quark” because we were pleased, and fascinated by the symmetry it brought to the subnuclear world. “Charm” also means a “a magical device to avert evil,” and in 1970 it was realized that the old three quark theory ran into very serious problems.” -Sheldon Glashow It’s been another … Read moreComments of the Week #118: From the LHC’s discoveries to the first stars

Ask Ethan: Are There Different Types Of Time And Space? (Synopsis)

“A human being is part of a whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal … Read moreAsk Ethan: Are There Different Types Of Time And Space? (Synopsis)

The first stars in the Universe are forever invisible to human eyes (Synopsis)

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” –Marcus Aurelius Let there be light! You’d think that would be enough: that you form stars in the Universe, you see those stars in the Universe, and that tells you about what’s out there. If only it were that simple. … Read moreThe first stars in the Universe are forever invisible to human eyes (Synopsis)

Could Dark Energy Be Caused By Frozen Neutrinos? (Synopsis)

“If you’re puzzled by what dark energy is, you’re in good company.” -Saul Perlmutter The accelerated expansion of our Universe was one of the biggest surprise discoveries of all-time, and something that still lacks a good physical explanation. While many models of dark energy exist, it remains a completely phenomenological study: everything appears consistent with … Read moreCould Dark Energy Be Caused By Frozen Neutrinos? (Synopsis)

New dwarf planet beyond Pluto hints at no Planet Nine (Synopsis)

“There have only been two true planets discovered since ancient times, and this would be a third. It’s a pretty substantial chunk of our solar system that’s still out there to be found, which is pretty exciting.” -Mike Brown, on the possibility of Planet Nine When most people think of the Kuiper belt, they think … Read moreNew dwarf planet beyond Pluto hints at no Planet Nine (Synopsis)