New LHC Results Hint At New Physics… But Are We Crying Wolf? (Synopsis)

“In recent years several new particles have been discovered which are currently assumed to be “elementary,” that is, essentially structureless. The probability that all such particles should be really elementary becomes less and less as their number increases. It is by no means certain that nucleons, mesons, electrons, neutrinos are all elementary particles.” -Enrico Fermi … Read moreNew LHC Results Hint At New Physics… But Are We Crying Wolf? (Synopsis)

Why Does The Proton Spin? Physics Holds A Surprising Answer (Synopsis)

“We must regard it rather as an accident that the Earth (and presumably the whole solar system) contains a preponderance of negative electrons and positive protons. It is quite possible that for some of the stars it is the other way about.” -Paul Dirac You might think that the proton, made up of three spin=1/2 … Read moreWhy Does The Proton Spin? Physics Holds A Surprising Answer (Synopsis)

60 years of starstuff: how humanity discovered where our elements come from (Synopsis)

“You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements – the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution and for life – weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars, and the only way for them to get into your body … Read more60 years of starstuff: how humanity discovered where our elements come from (Synopsis)

10 Reasons Why You Should March For Science (Synopsis)

“We’ve arranged a global civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology. We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and … Read more10 Reasons Why You Should March For Science (Synopsis)

Ask Ethan: What was the entropy of the Universe at the Big Bang? (Synopsis)

“Entropy shakes its angry fist at you for being clever enough to organize the world.” -Brandon Sanderson The universe was born hot, dense, expanding, full of matter, antimatter and radiation… and in a low-entropy state. If entropy is a measure of disorder, though, that sure does sound like an awfully high-entropy state, not a low-entropy … Read moreAsk Ethan: What was the entropy of the Universe at the Big Bang? (Synopsis)

How would the Universe change if we grew an extra dimension? (Synopsis)

“There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition.” -Rod Serling If we take a look at a two-dimensional surface, it’s pretty apparent that we’re pretty … Read moreHow would the Universe change if we grew an extra dimension? (Synopsis)

The Future Of Energy Isn’t Fossil Fuels Or Renewables, It’s Nuclear Fusion (Synopsis)

“I would like nuclear fusion to become a practical power source. It would provide an inexhaustible supply of energy, without pollution or global warming.” -Stephen Hawking Climate science is a hotly debated area, with many disputing the robustness and ethical motivations of the scientists in the field. But even if you throw everything we know … Read moreThe Future Of Energy Isn’t Fossil Fuels Or Renewables, It’s Nuclear Fusion (Synopsis)

How Lucky Was Hubble To Find The Most Distant Galaxy Ever? (Synopsis)

“We’ve taken a major step back in time, beyond what we’d ever expected to be able to do with Hubble. We see GN-z11 at a time when the universe was only three percent of its current age.” -Pascal Oesch Arriving at our eyes after a journey of 13.4 billion years, the light from galaxy GN-z11 … Read moreHow Lucky Was Hubble To Find The Most Distant Galaxy Ever? (Synopsis)