How much fuel does it take to power the world? (Synopsis)

“In terms of weapons, the best disarmament tool so far is nuclear energy. We have been taking down the Russian warheads, turning it into electricity. 10 percent of American electricity comes from decommissioned warheads.” -Stewart Brand Arguably the greatest advance of humanity — and the cause of the greatest increase in our quality of life … Read moreHow much fuel does it take to power the world? (Synopsis)

New Space Telescope, 40 Times The Power Of Hubble, To Unlock Astronomy’s Future (Synopsis)

“Hubble often takes images of distant gravitationally lensed galaxies to infer their substructure and to try to learn about early galaxies in general. For LUVOIR, we would have that same resolution for any galaxy! That’s truly revolutionary.” -John O’Meara If you were an observational astronomer, what would your dream telescope look like? It would have … Read moreNew Space Telescope, 40 Times The Power Of Hubble, To Unlock Astronomy’s Future (Synopsis)

5 Things The World Needs From Star Trek: Discovery (Synopsis)

“We are what we are, and we’re doing the best we can. It is not for you to set the standards by which we should be judged!” -Capt. Picard, to Q When you think about Star Trek, a whole variety of things might come to mind. It might conjure images of space exploration, feelings of … Read more5 Things The World Needs From Star Trek: Discovery (Synopsis)

Comments of the Week #177: From Nuclear Power and Weapons to God Playing Dice in the Sun

“There are two problems for our species’ survival – nuclear war and environmental catastrophe – and we’re hurtling towards them. Knowingly.” ―Noam Chomsky Well, another week of science has gone by, here at Starts With A Bang! and everywhere else in the world, and while we’re down one space mission from the start of the week (Cassini), … Read moreComments of the Week #177: From Nuclear Power and Weapons to God Playing Dice in the Sun

Ask Ethan: If Matter Is Made Of Point Particles, Why Does Everything Have A Size? (Synopsis)

“There’s something about sitting alone in the dark that reminds you how big the world really is, and how far apart we all are. The stars look like they’re so close, you could reach out and touch them. But you can’t. Sometimes things look a lot closer than they are.” -Kami Garcia When we consider … Read moreAsk Ethan: If Matter Is Made Of Point Particles, Why Does Everything Have A Size? (Synopsis)

Proof of ‘God playing dice with the Universe’ found in the Sun’s interior (Synopsis)

“The bedrock nature of space and time and the unification of cosmos and quantum are surely among science’s great ‘open frontiers.’ These are parts of the intellectual map where we’re still groping for the truth – where, in the fashion of ancient cartographers, we must still inscribe ‘here be dragons.’” –Martin Rees Inside the nuclear … Read moreProof of ‘God playing dice with the Universe’ found in the Sun’s interior (Synopsis)

Successfully predicting the future requires theoretical science (Synopsis)

“The physicist is like someone who’s watching people playing chess and, after watching a few games, he may have worked out what the moves in the game are. But understanding the rules is just a trivial preliminary on the long route from being a novice to being a grand master. So even if we understand … Read moreSuccessfully predicting the future requires theoretical science (Synopsis)

A New Record Nears: The World’s Largest Telescope Prepares For Completion (Synopsis)

“There are so many people who are arguing or fighting over issues which don’t have much relevance. We must all realise it is not worth it. It’s like being in the whirlpools which are always present behind a little rock near a river. We seem to be living in these little whirlpools and forget that … Read moreA New Record Nears: The World’s Largest Telescope Prepares For Completion (Synopsis)

Top 6 Discoveries Of Cassini As Its 20-Year Mission Comes To An End (Synopsis)

“Being a scientist and staring immensity and eternity in the face every day is as grand and inspiring as it gets.” -Carolyn Porco Launched back in October of 1997, Cassini will take its final plunge into the ringed world it’s been orbiting for over a decade on Friday, September 15th. Before it does, however, it’s … Read moreTop 6 Discoveries Of Cassini As Its 20-Year Mission Comes To An End (Synopsis)