Comments of the Week #161: From the Big Crunch to cracking the Standard Model

“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.” -Theodore Roosevelt It’s been an incredible week here at Starts With A Bang! We’ve covered everything from the night sky’s newest supernova to the possible fates of the Universe to what might be our window … Read moreComments of the Week #161: From the Big Crunch to cracking the Standard Model

Ask Ethan: What happens when a black hole’s singularity evaporates? (Synopsis)

“My discovery that black holes emit radiation raised serious problems of consistency with the rest of physics. I have now resolved these problems, but the answer turned out to be not what I expected.” -Stephen Hawking One of the most puzzling things about Black Holes is that if you wait around long enough, they’ll evaporate … Read moreAsk Ethan: What happens when a black hole’s singularity evaporates? (Synopsis)

Nuclear Physics Might Hold The Key To Cracking Open The Standard Model (Synopsis)

“It was quite the most incredible event that has ever happened to me in my life. It was almost as incredible as if you fired a 15-inch shell at a piece of tissue paper and it came back and hit you.” -Ernest Rutherford Nuclear physics has, for decades now, been regarded less as a window … Read moreNuclear Physics Might Hold The Key To Cracking Open The Standard Model (Synopsis)

NASA’s idea for a space station in lunar orbit takes humanity nowhere (Synopsis)

“We had this whole big beautiful place for discovery, and all we could think to do with it was wipe out everything that made it worth discovering.” -Buzz Aldrin It’s been more than 40 years since humans last set foot on the Moon. The final space shuttle flight occurred six years ago already, and the … Read moreNASA’s idea for a space station in lunar orbit takes humanity nowhere (Synopsis)

Closest Supernova In Years Brings Cosmic Fireworks To Earth’s Skies (Synopsis)

“When a massive star explodes at the end of its life, the explosion dispenses different elements-helium, carbon, oxygen, iron, nickel-across the universe, scattering stardust. That stardust now makes up the planets, including ours.” -Michelle Cuevas Every once in a while, a new light appears somewhere in the night sky: the result of a massive star … Read moreClosest Supernova In Years Brings Cosmic Fireworks To Earth’s Skies (Synopsis)

The Odds Of Your Unlikely Existence Were Not Infinitely Small (Synopsis)

“Logic takes care of itself; all we have to do is to look and see how it does it.” -Ludwig Wittgenstein There are a great many events that occurred to give rise to the world, the Universe, and you. Everything from the Big Bang to the existence of the laws of physics to the cosmic … Read moreThe Odds Of Your Unlikely Existence Were Not Infinitely Small (Synopsis)

After 50 Years Of Missions, We’re Finally Ready To Know: Is There Life On Mars? (Synopsis)

“They say once you grow crops somewhere, you have officially ‘colonized’ it. So technically, I colonized Mars. In your face, Neil Armstrong!” -Andy Weir In the early 1960s, humanity began launching spacecraft to Mars, hoping to find out what the red planet was truly like. While early images revealed a heavily cratered surface, similar to … Read moreAfter 50 Years Of Missions, We’re Finally Ready To Know: Is There Life On Mars? (Synopsis)

Comments of the Week #160: From the edge of the Universe to the first-ever nebula

“You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for his own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.” -Marie Curie There’s … Read moreComments of the Week #160: From the edge of the Universe to the first-ever nebula

Ask Ethan: Can The Universe Still End In A Big Crunch? (Synopsis)

“It’s everywhere, really. It’s between the galaxies. It is in this room. We believe that everywhere that you have space, empty space, that you cannot avoid having some of this dark energy.” -Adam Riess Have you heard about the accelerating Universe? What about dark energy, vacuum energy, or a cosmological constant? These are terms we … Read moreAsk Ethan: Can The Universe Still End In A Big Crunch? (Synopsis)

Spectacular New Crab Nebula Images Close In On Its Final Secrets (Synopsis)

“The origin and evolution of life are connected in the most intimate way with the origin and evolution of the stars.” -Carl Sagan The Crab Nebula is one of the most interesting and compelling objects in the entire night sky. In the year 1054, a supernova went off in the constellation of Taurus, where it … Read moreSpectacular New Crab Nebula Images Close In On Its Final Secrets (Synopsis)