“Faultily faultless, icily regular, splendidly null, dead perfection; no more” -Lord Alfred Tennyson Ahh, the Standard Model of elementary particles and their interactions. It’s right up there with General Relativity — our theory of gravitation in the Universe — as the most successful physical theory of all-time. While General Relativity describes the relationship between matter-and-energy and … Read moreBreaking the Standard Model is Really, Really Hard!
“In any case, the number three fitted perfectly the way quarks occur in nature.” –Murray Gell-Mann You might think that we know it all, at least as far as knowing-it-all is possible. After all, we know that matter is made up of atoms, which are made up of electrons and nuclei, and the nuclei are … Read moreBeyond Baryons
“From my close observation of writers… they fall into two groups: one, those who bleed copiously and visibly at any bad review, and two, those who bleed copiously and secretly at any bad review.” –Isaac Asimov You’d never know it unless you were one of about six people in the entire world, but today is … Read moreThe 4 Jobs of a Referee in Peer Review
“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.” –Frederick Douglass I thought we were past this, I really did. Having grown up in New York, having lived in eight different states and traveled to 39 … Read moreWeekend Diversion: Against Scientific Racism
“On what can we now place our hopes of solving the many riddles which still exist as to the origin and composition of cosmic rays?” –Victor Francis Hess We’ve come a tremendously long way in our understanding of the Universe, but there are plenty of mysteries still to be revealed. Way back in the late … Read moreIt'll take a lot more than AMS to find Dark Matter
“Much later, when I discussed the problem with Einstein, he remarked that the introduction of the cosmological term was the biggest blunder he ever made in his life. But this “blunder,” rejected by Einstein, is still sometimes used by cosmologists even today, and the cosmological constant denoted by the Greek letter Λ rears its ugly … Read moreWhat The Entire Universe Is Made Of, Thanks to Planck!
“Hell must be isothermal; for otherwise the resident engineers and physical chemists (of which there must be some) could set up a heat engine to run a refrigerator to cool off a portion of their surroundings to any desired temperature.” –Henry Albert Ben One of the most amazing ideas to come out of our observations … Read moreWhen the Universe was twice as hot
“The cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us—there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant memory, or falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries.” –Carl … Read moreWhy the Universe needs Dark Matter (and not MOND) in one graph
“We have been forced to admit for the first time in history not only the possibility of the fact of the growth and decay of the elements of matter. With radium and with uranium we do not see anything but the decay. And yet, somewhere, somehow, it is almost certain that these elements must be … Read moreA relic from the primitive Universe… in our own backyard!
“Forget it. I didn’t have that thing inside me where I wanted to smash against somebody and watch them break. I was too sensitive for that and disliked being that sensitive.” –Josh Brolin How do you figure out what something is made of? You take it apart — cracking it open if necessary — and … Read moreSo much more than an Atom Smasher