Comments of the Week #156: from fermions and bosons to saving particle physics

“There is a fine line between censorship and good taste and moral responsibility.” -Stephen Spielberg Another week full of amazing science stories has gone by here at Starts With A Bang, and there are some fun and fantastic announcements! We welcomed a new contributor, Jess Shanahan, to our ranks; I found out that Forbes has … Read moreComments of the Week #156: from fermions and bosons to saving particle physics

Ask Ethan: Why Is There A Limit To What Physics Can Predict? (Synopsis)

“There is a limit on how much information you can keep bottled up.” -Dick Gregory There are fundamental limits to the Universe, in the sense that there are scales where our laws of physics break down. You can’t break matter or energy up into infinitely small pieces, and the same goes — we think — … Read moreAsk Ethan: Why Is There A Limit To What Physics Can Predict? (Synopsis)

Can Muons – Which Live For Just Microseconds – Save Experimental Particle Physics? (Synopsis)

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” -Confucius The large hadron collider is the world’s most powerful particle accelerator, colliding two protons at energies of 6.5 TeV apiece. But you’ll never have the full 13 TeV of energy available for that collision, thanks to the fact that … Read moreCan Muons – Which Live For Just Microseconds – Save Experimental Particle Physics? (Synopsis)

‘Project Blue’ Aims To Find Planets Around The Nearest Sun-Like Stars (Synopsis)

“Resources exist to be consumed. And consumed they will be, if not by  this generation then by some future. By what right does this forgotten  future seek to deny us our birthright?” -Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri The dream of humanity has long been to identify an inhabited world beyond Earth, to know for certain that … Read more‘Project Blue’ Aims To Find Planets Around The Nearest Sun-Like Stars (Synopsis)

Saturn’s Moon, Enceladus, Is Our Closest Great Hope For Life Beyond Earth (Synopsis)

“Aha! That satellite was scuttled on Enceladus, Saturn’s main dump moon!” -Professor Farnsworth, Futurama When you think about life beyond Earth, you likely think of it occurring on a somewhat Earth-like planet. A rocky world, with either a past or present liquid ocean atop the surface, seems ideal. But that might not even be where life … Read moreSaturn’s Moon, Enceladus, Is Our Closest Great Hope For Life Beyond Earth (Synopsis)

Earth Prepares To Snap First-Ever Image Of A Black Hole’s Event Horizon (Synopsis)

“Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find the right road.” -Dag Hammarskjold One of relativity’s oddest predictions is the existence of black holes, objects so dense and massive that nothing, not event light can escape from them. … Read moreEarth Prepares To Snap First-Ever Image Of A Black Hole’s Event Horizon (Synopsis)

Comments of the Week #155: From Pure Energy To Earth’s Twin

“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.” -Woodrow Wilson It’s been another fantastic … Read moreComments of the Week #155: From Pure Energy To Earth’s Twin

Ask Ethan: What’s the difference between a fermion and a boson? (Synopsis)

“The layman always means, when he says “reality” that he is speaking of something self-evidently known; whereas to me it seems the most important and exceedingly difficult task of our time is to work on the construction of a new idea of reality.” -Wolfgang Pauli On the surface, it shouldn’t appear to make all that … Read moreAsk Ethan: What’s the difference between a fermion and a boson? (Synopsis)