Recent Claims Invalid: Emergent Gravity Might Deliver A Universe Without Dark Matter (Synopsis)

“In our description of nature the purpose is not to disclose the real essence of the phenomena but only to track down, as far as possible, relations between the manifold aspects of our experience.” -Niels Bohr When it comes to galaxies, clusters of galaxies or the largest-scales on the Universe, dark matter is absolutely required. … Read more

Ask Ethan: Does Dark Energy Mean We’re Losing Information About The Universe? (Synopsis)

“The history of astronomy is a history of receding horizons.” -Edwin Hubble As you look to greater and greater distances, you’re looking back in time in the Universe. But thanks to dark energy, what we can see and access today isn’t always going to be accessible. As galaxies grow more distant with the accelerated expansion … Read more

Cosmic superclusters, the Universe’s largest structures, don’t actually exist (Synopsis)

“It’s the gravity that shapes the large scale structure of the universe, even though it is the weakest of four categories of forces.” -Stephen Hawking Galaxies don’t just exist in isolation in our Universe, but are often found bound together as a part of even grander structures. Our own Milky Way is bound in a … Read more

Politicizing science is nothing new: it happened to Ben Franklin (Synopsis)

“When Benjamin Franklin inveted the lightning rod, the clergy, both in England and America, with enthusiastic support of George III, condemned it as an impious attempt to defeat the will of God.” -Bertrand Russell You’ll often hear charges that science has become too politicized, but it’s the other way around. Science is our best way … Read more

Comments of the Week #149: From the Universe’s center to the most common elements

“We think we’ve come so far. Torture of heretics, burning of witches, is all ancient history. Then, before you can blink an eye, suddenly, it threatens to start all over again.” -Captain Picard It’s been another remarkable week here at Starts With A Bang! Of course there’s been news, science, physics and astronomy galore, but the biggest … Read more