Missing Matter Found, But Doesn’t Dent Dark Matter (Synopsis)

“There are stars leaving the Milky Way, and immense gas clouds falling into it. There are turbulent plasmas writhing with X- and gamma-rays and mighty stellar explosions. There are, perhaps, places which are outside our universe. The universe is vast and awesome, and for the first time we are becoming a part of it.” -Carl … Read moreMissing Matter Found, But Doesn’t Dent Dark Matter (Synopsis)

Five Brilliant Ideas For New Physics That Need To Die, Already (Synopsis)

“Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.” -Ann Landers The history of physics is littered with brilliant ideas that have revolutionized how we look at the Universe… and … Read moreFive Brilliant Ideas For New Physics That Need To Die, Already (Synopsis)

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

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

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

The Suspect Science Of Star Trek: Discovery, ‘Context Is For Kings,’ Season 1, Episode 3 (Synopsis)

“If I die trying but I’m inadequate to the task to make a course change in the evolution of this planet…okay I tried. The fact is I tried. How many people are not trying. If you knew that every breath you took could save hundreds of lives into the future had you walked down this … Read moreThe Suspect Science Of Star Trek: Discovery, ‘Context Is For Kings,’ Season 1, Episode 3 (Synopsis)

Is the inflationary Universe a scientific theory? Not anymore (Synopsis)

“I know of no other scientist, no other theoretical physicist alive who has a clearer focus on whether our theories and ideas are relevant to the real world. And that’s always what he’s after.” -Neil Turok, on Paul Steinhardt The inflationary Universe is one of the most revolutionary new ways of looking at the cosmos … Read moreIs the inflationary Universe a scientific theory? Not anymore (Synopsis)

It from Bit: Is the Universe a Cellular Automaton? (Synopsis)

“It’s always seemed like a big mystery how nature, seemingly so effortlessly, manages to produce so much that seems to us so complex. Well, I think we found its secret. It’s just sampling what’s out there in the computational universe.” -Stephen Wolfram In the mid-20th century, computers allowed us to explore a brand new idea: … Read moreIt from Bit: Is the Universe a Cellular Automaton? (Synopsis)

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