Does Dark Matter Exist, Or Is Gravity Wrong? The Answer Lies Billions Of Years In The Past (Synopsis)

“Dark matter or invisible element? You decide.” -Toba Beta The dark matter wars rage on and on, with both sides — those in favor of modifying gravity and those in favor of adding an additional mass component to the Universe — claiming victories for their own side and defeat for the other. But one piece … Read moreDoes Dark Matter Exist, Or Is Gravity Wrong? The Answer Lies Billions Of Years In The Past (Synopsis)

Ten Incredible Pictures That Showcase Astronomy’s Future (Synopsis)

“With the Hubble telescope and all the other things that are out there, I believe something would have come through. Today, I really believe we are unique.” -Mark Goddard Want to identify where stars are forming (or about to form) in the Universe? We’ve got no problem using visible light, which reveals unambiguous signatures associated … Read moreTen Incredible Pictures That Showcase Astronomy’s Future (Synopsis)

Comments of the Week #153: from the expanding Universe to the CMB’s location

“Science and religion are both the same thing. They’re there; they’re life. If it’s not science, it’s not a fact.” -Chuck Berry We always take pride in what we put out into the world here at Starts With A Bang, and I like to think that all of you take that same pride in everything … Read moreComments of the Week #153: from the expanding Universe to the CMB’s location

Ask Ethan: How Bright Is The Earth As Seen From The Moon? (Synopsis)

“I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.” -Neil Armstrong The full Moon is undoubtedly bright. As viewed from the Earth’s surface, it’s the second brightest object of all, after the Sun, and is more … Read moreAsk Ethan: How Bright Is The Earth As Seen From The Moon? (Synopsis)

Time crystals are real, but that doesn’t mean time is crystallized (Synopsis)

“Every particular in nature, a leaf, a drop, a crystal, a moment of time is related to the whole, and partakes of the perfection of the whole.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson When you think of crystals, you likely think of an interlocked, repeating lattice of atoms or molecules. That’s exactly what a conventional crystal is. But … Read moreTime crystals are real, but that doesn’t mean time is crystallized (Synopsis)

The First Climate Model Turns 50, And Predicted Global Warming Almost Perfectly (Synopsis)

“Greenhouse gases are the second most important factor for climate, after the Sun.” -Syukuro Manabe In 1967, a groundbreaking paper in climate science was published, detailing the inputs and feedbacks for the first accurate climate model. You don’t have to look far to find contentions that climate models are wrong, inaccurate and unreliable: 8 of … Read moreThe First Climate Model Turns 50, And Predicted Global Warming Almost Perfectly (Synopsis)

The 3 Ways That Parallel Universes Could Be Real (Synopsis)

“As an analogy one can imagine an intelligent amoeba with a good memory. As time progresses the amoeba is constantly splitting, each time the resulting amoebas having the same memories as the parent. Our amoeba hence does not have a life line, but a life tree.” -Hugh Everett We only have the one Universe, despite … Read moreThe 3 Ways That Parallel Universes Could Be Real (Synopsis)

Universe’s largest structure caught in the act of forming (Synopsis)

“On a cosmic scale, our life is insignificant, yet this brief period when we appear in the world is the time in which all meaningful questions arise.” -Paul Ricoeur When it comes to the largest bound cosmic structures, it doesn’t get any bigger than galaxy clusters. Unless, that it, you consider when multiple galaxy clusters … Read moreUniverse’s largest structure caught in the act of forming (Synopsis)

Comments of the Week #152: from NASA’s future to testing your scientific theories

“When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” -Khalil Gibran … Read moreComments of the Week #152: from NASA’s future to testing your scientific theories