Comments of the Week #180: From the planets Kepler missed to the NASA photos that changed the world

“We do not realize what we have on Earth until we leave it.” -Jim Lovell Well, the Scienceblogs comments are still on the fritz, requiring me to manually un-spam them one-at-a-time, but Starts With A Bang! is still going strong with some fabulous stories based on the best knowledge we have! This next week is poised to … Read moreComments of the Week #180: From the planets Kepler missed to the NASA photos that changed the world

Comments of the Week #179: From mirrorless telescopes to the physics ideas that must die

“It’s easier to hold onto a bad idea if you never share it, and it’s harder to defend one if you let it out.” -Victor LaValle After catching up with a big double-dose of our comments last week, Starts With A Bang! is here again with the latest! For those of you looking forward to my newest book, … Read moreComments of the Week #179: From mirrorless telescopes to the physics ideas that must die

Double Comments of the Week #178: From Point Particles To The Very First Galaxies Of All

“I see now that the circumstances of one’s birth are irrelevant. It is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are.” -Mewtwo, Pokemon (via Takeshi Shudo) After a week of commenting technical difficulties here on Scienceblogs, Starts With A Bang!‘s Comments of the Week series is back with a vengeance! I’m … Read moreDouble Comments of the Week #178: From Point Particles To The Very First Galaxies Of All

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

Comments of the Week #176: From making heavy elements to why the sky is blue

“In the media age, everybody was famous for 15 minutes. In the Wikipedia age, everybody can be an expert in five minutes. Special bonus: You can edit your own entry to make yourself seem even smarter.” ―Stephen Colbert It’s been another fun-and-fact-filled week here at Starts With A Bang! (And did you know I have a wikipedia page? … Read moreComments of the Week #176: From making heavy elements to why the sky is blue

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

Comments of the Week #174: from growing black holes to nuclear bombs

“It will shine still brighter when night is about you. May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.” ―Galadriel, LOTR, J.R.R. Tolkien Well, we’ve been anticipating it for months (or years), but this is our very first time meeting up since the total solar eclipse here at Starts … Read moreComments of the Week #174: from growing black holes to nuclear bombs

Comments of the Week #173: From quantum uncertainty to Earth’s final total solar eclipse

“It will shine still brighter when night is about you. May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.” ―Galadriel, LOTR, J.R.R. Tolkien The scientific stories we’ve covered this week have been out-of-this-world here at Starts With A Bang! But the greatest show is still to come. Right now, I’m on … Read moreComments of the Week #173: From quantum uncertainty to Earth’s final total solar eclipse

Comments of the Week #172: From sodium-and-water to the most dangerous comet of all

“Life is not a miracle. It is a natural phenomenon, and can be expected to appear whenever there is a planet whose conditions duplicate those of the Earth.” ―Harold Urey It’s been yet another fascinating week of scientific stories here at Starts With A Bang! But as of the last 48 hours, there’s something I absolutely have … Read moreComments of the Week #172: From sodium-and-water to the most dangerous comet of all