Comments of the Week #136: From entropic gravity to parallel Universes

“The universe is asymmetric and I am persuaded that life, as it is known to us, is a direct result of the asymmetry of the universe or of its indirect consequences. The universe is asymmetric.” -Louis Pasteur Time keeps barreling forward for all of us, but I’m so pleased that Starts With A Bang! still keeps on … Read moreComments of the Week #136: From entropic gravity to parallel Universes

Ask Ethan: What’s so ‘spooky’ about quantum entanglement? (Synopsis)

“As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.” -Albert Einstein If you create an entangled pair of particles, and stretch them apart as far as you want, the entanglement remains. If you make a measurement of … Read moreAsk Ethan: What’s so ‘spooky’ about quantum entanglement? (Synopsis)

Is there another ‘you’ out there in a parallel Universe? (Synopsis)

“We are actually living in a million parallel realities every single minute.” -Marina Abramovic Ever since quantum mechanics first came along, we’ve recognized how tenuous our perception of reality is, and how — in many ways — what we perceive is just a very small subset of what’s going on at the quantum level in … Read moreIs there another ‘you’ out there in a parallel Universe? (Synopsis)

Book Review: Earth In Human Hands (Synopsis)

“We only have one planet that serves as an example and in science it’s not good to derive information from a sample size of one.” -David Grinspoon Although there will never be a shortage of doubters, the scientific evidence is overwhelming that humans have impacted the planet, particularly over the last few millennia, like no … Read moreBook Review: Earth In Human Hands (Synopsis)

Colder than empty space? How the Boomerang Nebula does it (Synopsis)

“If you want your boomerang to come back, first you’ve got to throw it.” -Steven Hall If you take all the matter out of the Universe, all you’d have left to warm you would be the radiation from the Big Bang’s leftover glow: the cosmic microwave background. At just 2.7º C above absolute zero, there’s … Read moreColder than empty space? How the Boomerang Nebula does it (Synopsis)

Comments of the Week #135: from an infinite Universe to Supermoons

“For me, insanity is super sanity. The normal is psychotic. Normal means lack of imagination, lack of creativity.” -Jean Dubuffet It’s been a week unlike any other I’ve seen since I started Starts With A Bang! all those years ago. There are a lot of people looking for a lot of explanations — some are excited, many … Read moreComments of the Week #135: from an infinite Universe to Supermoons

Ask Ethan: What if gravity isn’t really fundamental? (Synopsis)

“The whole edifice of modern physics is built up on the fundamental hypothesis of the atomic or molecular constitution of matter.” -C. V. Raman As far as humans have figured out, there are four fundamental forces in the Universe: the three of the Standard Model (electromagnetism, the weak and strong nuclear forces) and General Relativity, … Read moreAsk Ethan: What if gravity isn’t really fundamental? (Synopsis)