Dark matter faces its biggest challenge of all (Synopsis)

“Nothing in the standard cosmological model predicts this, and it is almost impossible to imagine how that model could be modified to explain it, without discarding the dark matter hypothesis completely.” -David Merritt Dark matter is a hugely successful theory for explaining a whole slew of observations about the Universe. Just by adding this one ingredient … Read moreDark matter faces its biggest challenge of all (Synopsis)

How do we classify the stars in the Universe? (Synopsis)

“Teaching man his relatively small sphere in the creation, it also encourages him by its lessons of the unity of Nature and shows him that his power of comprehension allies him with the great intelligence over-reaching all.” -Annie Jump Cannon A look up at the stars in the night sky shows a clear distinction: some … Read moreHow do we classify the stars in the Universe? (Synopsis)

Ultra-deep radio telescope catches what Hubble can’t (Synopsis)

“We conducted the first fully blind, three-dimensional search for cool gas in the early universe. Through this, we discovered a population of galaxies that is not clearly evident in any other deep surveys of the sky.” -Chris Carilli The Hubble Ultra Deep Field and its successor images represent humanity’s deepest views of the stars in … Read moreUltra-deep radio telescope catches what Hubble can’t (Synopsis)

Comments of the Week #128: from elementary particles to cold fusion fraud

“To study things from a scientific standpoint means to take an inventory of them—to find the process in which they are being produced; to connect them with other things; to see things in their causal process. ” -William Harris As is pretty much always the case, it’s been a big week here at Starts With A … Read moreComments of the Week #128: from elementary particles to cold fusion fraud

Ask Ethan: What impossible physics would be possible with warp drive? (Synopsis)

“Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.” -Star Trek, in many incarntions When Star Trek debuted 50 years ago, we didn’t know that there would be regions of the Universe that were forever inaccessible to humanity, nor … Read moreAsk Ethan: What impossible physics would be possible with warp drive? (Synopsis)

Is cold fusion feasible? Or is it a fraud? (Synopsis)

“Between cold fusion and respectable science there is virtually no communication at all. …because the Cold-Fusioners see themselves as a community under siege, there is little internal criticism. Experiments and theories tend to be accepted at face value, for fear of providing even more fuel for external critics, if anyone outside the group was bothering … Read moreIs cold fusion feasible? Or is it a fraud? (Synopsis)

Earth’s darkest night skies aren’t truly black at all (Synopsis)

“All I want is blackness. Blackness and silence.” -Sylvia Plath Even on the darkest night skies from the most pristine locations on Earth, the night sky is never truly dark. Not even if you look away from the plane of the galaxy, on a moonless night, between the stars and away from any human-made or … Read moreEarth’s darkest night skies aren’t truly black at all (Synopsis)