Saturn’s hexagon brings new, colorful mysteries (Synopsis)

“Cassini is different — it’s a mission of enormous scope and is being conducted in grand style. It is much more sophisticated than Voyager, … I can’t say it’s got that flavor of romance, though. Voyager was very romantic. Cassini is spectacular.” -Carolyn Porco It was a big enough mystery when Saturn’s hexagon was first … Read moreSaturn’s hexagon brings new, colorful mysteries (Synopsis)

Comments of the Week #133: from a simulated Universe to dark matter black holes

“Weightlessness was unbelievable. It’s physical euphoria: Nothing about you has any weight. You don’t realize that you are weighed down all the time by yourself, and your organs, and your head. Your arms weigh down your shoulders. In space simulation, you get to fly like Superman! You’re hanging in the air! It’s the coolest thing.” … Read moreComments of the Week #133: from a simulated Universe to dark matter black holes

Ask Ethan: Do 234 Sun-Like Stars Show Evidence For Aliens? (Synopsis)

“This isn’t my life anymore, Mulder. I’m done chasing monsters in the dark.” -Dana Scully, X-files One of the most exciting things a scientist can experience is when they look at a sample of data, expecting to not see a particular exciting effect, and yet, something’s there. Immediately, you have to check yourself: what are … Read moreAsk Ethan: Do 234 Sun-Like Stars Show Evidence For Aliens? (Synopsis)

Why doesn’t dark matter form black holes? (Synopsis)

“All enterprises that are entered into with indiscreet zeal may be pursued with great vigor at first, but are sure to collapse in the end.” -Tacitus Dark matter makes up the overwhelming majority of mass in the Universe. With five times as much of it as there is normal matter, and the fact that it … Read moreWhy doesn’t dark matter form black holes? (Synopsis)

New supernova results: is the Universe not accelerating? (Synopsis)

“Even if I stumble on to the absolute truth of any aspect of the universe, I will not realise my luck and instead will spend my life trying to find flaws in this understanding – such is the role of a scientist.” -Brian Schmidt Just a few days ago, a new paper was published in … Read moreNew supernova results: is the Universe not accelerating? (Synopsis)

Dark matter rises to its biggest challenge… and succeeds! (Synopsis)

“Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everybody gets busy on the proof.” -J. K. Galbraith Last month, tensions between dark matter simulations and galactic rotation observations reached a new high. Despite all the successes of dark matter on the largest scales — … Read moreDark matter rises to its biggest challenge… and succeeds! (Synopsis)

No, the LHC hasn’t shown that we live in a multiverse (Synopsis)

“Which is more likely? That the universe was designed just for us, or that we see the universe as having been designed just for us?” -Michael Shermer One of the problems with the Standard Model of particle physics is known as the hierarchy problem. If you were to calculate the masses of the fundamental particles … Read moreNo, the LHC hasn’t shown that we live in a multiverse (Synopsis)

The evidence for water on Mars is overwhelming (Synopsis)

“If you look at the field of robotics today, you can say robots have been in the deepest oceans, they’ve been to Mars, you know? They’ve been all these places, but they’re just now starting to come into your living room. Your living room is the final frontier for robots.” -Cynthia Breazeal Ever since we … Read moreThe evidence for water on Mars is overwhelming (Synopsis)

Comments of the Week #132: from dark comets to alien searches

“Ships that could circumnavigate the galaxy in a few years, and count every cell in your body from light-years off, but he wasn’t able to go back one miserable day and alter one tiny, stupid, idiotic, shameful decision…” -Iain Banks And while we can’t travel back in time at all to change the actions or … Read moreComments of the Week #132: from dark comets to alien searches

Ask Ethan: Could the Universe be a simulation? (Synopsis)

“Do I believe, for example, that by using magic I could fly? No. How would you get around gravity? Impossible. Do I believe that I might be able to project my consciousness into a very, very vivid simulation of flying? Yeah. Yes, I’ve done that. Yes, that works.” -Alan Moore If you possessed a computer … Read moreAsk Ethan: Could the Universe be a simulation? (Synopsis)