Eight other worlds in our solar system might have life beyond Earth (Synopsis)

“If I had to describe myself to an alien I’d say I was bigger than the average human, enjoy a drink or two with a good meal and have a bigger head than most. I’d also say I’m really handsome — especially if they were a female alien.” -Dwayne Johnson The Earth, to the best of our … Read moreEight other worlds in our solar system might have life beyond Earth (Synopsis)

‘Game Of Thrones’ Home World Could Actually Exist, Says Science (Synopsis)

“Lord of Light! Come to us in our darkness. We offer you these false gods. Take them and cast your light upon us. For the night is dark and full of terrors.” -Melisandre, George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice Imagine a world where you know that winter is coming, but you don’t … Read more‘Game Of Thrones’ Home World Could Actually Exist, Says Science (Synopsis)

Did a ‘big whack’ create all of Pluto’s moons? (Synopsis)

“We really expect the mission to be transformational. This is the capstone of the original visits to the planets. It takes us 4 billion miles away and 4 billion years back in time.” -Alan Stern When the Hubble Space Telescope discovered additional moons of Pluto, beyond Charon, it was speculated that New Horizons might find … Read moreDid a ‘big whack’ create all of Pluto’s moons? (Synopsis)

Was our Universe born in chaos? (Synopsis)

“The design of the universe…is very magnificent and shouldn’t be taken for granted.” -Charles W. Misner One of the more puzzling aspects of our Universe is that, no matter which direction we look in, no matter how far away we check, its properties appear to be practically identical. This is surprising, since no signal can … Read moreWas our Universe born in chaos? (Synopsis)

Five Eclipse Phenomena You’ll See Better With A Camera Than Your Eyes (Synopsis)

“Having totality means being capable of following ‘what is,’ because ‘what is’ is constantly moving and constantly changing. If one is anchored to a particular view, one will not be able to follow the swift movement of ‘what is.’” -Bruce Lee If you’ve never seen a total solar eclipse before, you’ve likely heard about many … Read moreFive Eclipse Phenomena You’ll See Better With A Camera Than Your Eyes (Synopsis)

Comments of the Week #169: from a theory of everything to discovering today’s Universe

“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.” -Isaac Asimov Just like every week, we’ve had a slew of new stories to share with you here on Starts With A Bang! It’s been great fun to put these stories together, to share a … Read moreComments of the Week #169: from a theory of everything to discovering today’s Universe

Ask Ethan: Is It Foolishness To Dream Of Terraforming Mars? (Synopsis)

“It would be great some day to have astronauts in a rover on Mars. But just about anyone except an oil company executive would say its more important to have 50 million solar powered vehicles in the United States.” -Brad Sherman Is terraforming a real possibility for Mars? It seems like one of the most … Read moreAsk Ethan: Is It Foolishness To Dream Of Terraforming Mars? (Synopsis)

11 Scientific Advances Of The Past 100 Years Gave Us Our Entire Universe (Synopsis)

“Gamow was fantastic in his ideas. He was right, he was wrong. More often wrong than right. Always interesting; … and when his idea was not wrong it was not only right, it was new.” -Edward Teller 100 years ago, our conception of the Universe was so small it’s almost laughable. We still were mired … Read more11 Scientific Advances Of The Past 100 Years Gave Us Our Entire Universe (Synopsis)

This One Imperfection In Nuclear Physics Allowed Earth To Exist (Synopsis)

“The discovery of deuterium and the marked differences in the physical and chemical properties of hydrogen and deuterium, together with an efficient method for the separation of these isotopes, have opened an interesting field of research in several of the major branches of science.” -Harold Urey By time the first few minutes of the Big … Read moreThis One Imperfection In Nuclear Physics Allowed Earth To Exist (Synopsis)

First NASA Juno Mission’s Close-Ups Of The Great Red Spot Are Here! (Synopsis)

“Jupiter instead cooled down below the threshold for fusion, but it maintained enough heat and mass and pressure to cram atoms very close together, to the point they stop behaving like the atoms we recognize on earth. Inside Jupiter, they enter a limbo of possibility between chemical and nuclear reactions, where planet-sized diamonds and oily … Read moreFirst NASA Juno Mission’s Close-Ups Of The Great Red Spot Are Here! (Synopsis)