Star Trek: Discovery Is Smart-Sounding Scientific Nonsense, Season 1, Episode 4 Recap (Synopsis)

“You were always a good officer. Until you weren’t.” -Saru, from Star Trek: Discovery Science is full of great ideas and brilliant discoveries, and some of those more recent ones have made their way into the popular consciousness. TED talks, popular blogs and online magazines, and Facebook pages and internet memes have helped disseminate bits … Read moreStar Trek: Discovery Is Smart-Sounding Scientific Nonsense, Season 1, Episode 4 Recap (Synopsis)

Gravitational Waves Win 2017 Nobel Prize In Physics, The Ultimate Fusion Of Theory And Experiment (Synopsis)

“Well, I walked into Building 20 and looked in at the various little labs. There was a bunch of people doing something that looked to me to be sort of interesting, and since I knew all this electronics, I asked them, “Look, can you use a guy?” And I sold myself off as a technician … Read moreGravitational Waves Win 2017 Nobel Prize In Physics, The Ultimate Fusion Of Theory And Experiment (Synopsis)

LIGO-VIRGO Detects The First Three-Detector Gravitational Wave (Synopsis)

“Einstein’s gravitational theory, which is said to be the greatest single achievement of theoretical physics, resulted in beautiful relations connecting gravitational phenomena with the geometry of space; this was an exciting idea.” -Richard Feynman For over a century after the publication of General Relativity, it was uncertain whether gravitational waves were real or not. It … Read moreLIGO-VIRGO Detects The First Three-Detector Gravitational Wave (Synopsis)

Comments of the Week #175: From future technology to the cause of dark energy

“There will be days when we lose faith. Days when our allies turn against us…but the day will never come that we forsake this planet and its people.” ―Optimus Prime There was too much to simply keep it to a single article a day this week here at Starts With A Bang! The dynamic duo of Megan … Read moreComments of the Week #175: From future technology to the cause of dark energy

5 Facts We Can Learn If LIGO Detects Merging Neutron Stars (Synopsis)

“It’s becoming clear that in a sense the cosmos provides the only laboratory where sufficiently extreme conditions are ever achieved to test new ideas on particle physics. The energies in the Big Bang were far higher than we can ever achieve on Earth. So by looking at evidence for the Big Bang, and by studying … Read more5 Facts We Can Learn If LIGO Detects Merging Neutron Stars (Synopsis)

Beyond Black Holes: Could LIGO Have Detected Merging Neutron Stars For The First Time? (Synopsis)

“Presently thought to be the most powerful explosions in nature… their sources have only recently been localized by observations of associated afterglows in X-rays, visible light, and radio waves, delayed in that order.” -Richard Matzner, on the dictionary entry for Gamma Ray Burst It seems like an eternity ago, but it’s been under two years … Read moreBeyond Black Holes: Could LIGO Have Detected Merging Neutron Stars For The First Time? (Synopsis)

Ask Ethan: Do Black Holes Grow Faster Than They Evaporate? (Synopsis)

“Maybe that is our mistake: maybe there are no particle positions and velocities, but only waves. It is just that we try to fit the waves to our preconceived ideas of positions and velocities. The resulting mismatch is the cause of the apparent unpredictability.” -Stephen Hawking So, you’ve got a black hole in the Universe, … Read moreAsk Ethan: Do Black Holes Grow Faster Than They Evaporate? (Synopsis)

Milky Way Houses Up To 100 Million Black Holes, With Big Implications For LIGO (Synopsis)

“Our first priority was making sure we weren’t fooling ourselves.” -Keith Riles, LIGO team member When LIGO announced their first discovery of a black hole-black hole merger, it came as a surprise to almost everyone. The shocking part wasn’t that LIGO had seen merging black holes, but that they were discovered to be so massive. … Read moreMilky Way Houses Up To 100 Million Black Holes, With Big Implications For LIGO (Synopsis)

Ripples In Spacetime: From Einstein To LIGO And Beyond (Synopsis)

“The years of searching in the dark for a truth that one feels but cannot express, the intense desire and the alternations of confidence and misgiving until one breaks through to clarity and understanding, are only known to him who has himself experienced them.” -Albert Einstein In 2015, for the very first time, gravitational waves … Read moreRipples In Spacetime: From Einstein To LIGO And Beyond (Synopsis)

Universe’s Largest Black Hole May Have An Explanation At Last (Synopsis)

“Ultramassive black holes — that is, black holes with masses exceeding 10 billion solar masses — are probably not rare; several and even dozens of these colossal black holes may exist.” -Julie Hlavacek-Larrondo The largest black hole in the Universe was a shocker when it was first discovered. At 40 billion solar masses, it certainly is … Read moreUniverse’s Largest Black Hole May Have An Explanation At Last (Synopsis)