Inflation Isn’t Just Science, It’s The Origin Of Our Universe (Synopsis)

“There’s no obvious reason to assume that the very same rare properties that allow for our existence would also provide the best overall setting to make discoveries about the world around us. We don’t think this is merely coincidental.” -Guillermo Gonzalez Beginning in 1979, a new idea arose in theoretical physics, seeking to improve upon … Read more

Are Space, Time, And Gravity All Just Illusions? (Synopsis)

“Something is happening here and this is going to have an impact.” -Robert Dijkgraaf, on Verlinde’s work There are many attempts out there to reconcile the quantum field theories that describe the electromagnetic and nuclear forces with general relativity, which describes the gravitational force. Certain questions, about gravitational properties in strong fields and on small … Read more

The Nobel Doesn’t Mean Gravitational Wave Astronomy Is Over; It’s Just Getting Good (Synopsis)

“Wormholes are a gravitational phenomena. Or imaginary gravitational phenomena, as the case may be.” -Jonathan Nolan Yes, we detected gravitational waves, directly, for the first time! Just days after Advanced LIGO first turned on, a signal of a 36 solar mass black hole merging with a 29 solar mass black hole gave us our first … Read more

Ask Ethan: How Can Worlds That Never Get Above Freezing Have Liquid Water? (Synopsis)

“Day after day, day after day, We stuck, nor breath nor motion; As idle as a painted ship Upon a painted ocean. Water, water, every where, And all the boards did shrink; Water, water, every where, Nor any drop to drink.” -Samuel Taylor Coleridge Here on Earth, water can easily exist in all three phases … Read more