Could dark matter be powering the EMdrive? (Synopsis)

“…axions are potentially detectable through their weak coupling to electromagnetism…” -Aaron Chou We know, from hundreds of years of experience with the laws of physics, that momentum is strictly conserved, and therefore a reactionless drive is impossible. What’s not impossible is an engine that has a reaction that’s simply invisible, or otherwise undetectable to us. … Read moreCould dark matter be powering the EMdrive? (Synopsis)

How physics falls apart if the EMdrive works (Synopsis)

“The law of the conservation of momentum is the basis of the static thrust equation, the law of the conservation of energy is the basis of the dynamic thrust equation. Provided these two fundamental laws of physics are satisfied, there is no reason why the forces inside the resonator should sum to zero.” -Roger Shawyer, … Read moreHow physics falls apart if the EMdrive works (Synopsis)

Ask Ethan: Why don’t we shoot Earth’s garbage into the Sun? (Synopsis)

“There will be peace when the people of the world, want it so badly, that their governments will have no choice but to give it to them. I just wish you could all see the Earth the way that I see it. Because when you really look at it, it’s just one world.” -Superman So, … Read moreAsk Ethan: Why don’t we shoot Earth’s garbage into the Sun? (Synopsis)

Star Trek’s warp drive might become a reality (Synopsis)

“We are what we are, and we’re doing the best we can. It is not for you to set the standards by which we should be judged.” -Captain Picard, Star Trek: The Next Generation Fifty years ago, on September 8, 1966, the first episode of the original Star Trek premiered. It introduced a vision of humanity’s … Read moreStar Trek’s warp drive might become a reality (Synopsis)

NASA’s Impossible Space Engine, The EMdrive, Passes Peer Review (Synopsis)

“All of the books in the world contain no more information than is broadcast as video in a single large American city in a single year. Not all bits have equal value.” -Carl Sagan For every action, there’s an equal and opposite reaction. While Newton may not be the final word in mechanics anymore since … Read moreNASA’s Impossible Space Engine, The EMdrive, Passes Peer Review (Synopsis)

Viewing the Earth from space celebrates 70 years (Synopsis)

“You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of … Read moreViewing the Earth from space celebrates 70 years (Synopsis)

Comments of the Week #120: from the Great Attractor to the highest-energy particles

“Even though the future seems far away, it is actually beginning right now.” -Mattie Stepanek It’s been a fantastic week here at Starts With A Bang, where we’ve covered even more ground than normal! First off, for those of you not following me on SoundCloud, we’ve got a new science podcast out, on the last star in the … Read moreComments of the Week #120: from the Great Attractor to the highest-energy particles

Apollo 11’s Landing Was 47 Years Ago Today (Synopsis)

“I knew I was alone in a way that no earthling has ever been before.” -Michael Collins Less than a decade after the first human was launched into space, astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins journeyed from the Earth to the Moon. For the first time, human beings descended down to the lunar … Read moreApollo 11’s Landing Was 47 Years Ago Today (Synopsis)

Humanity may be alone in the Universe (Synopsis)

“There are two possible outcomes: if the result confirms the hypothesis, then you’ve made a measurement. If the result is contrary to the hypothesis, then you’ve made a discovery.” -Enrico Fermi Given the huge number of stars, planets, and chances at life that the galaxy and the Universe has given us, it seems paradoxical that … Read moreHumanity may be alone in the Universe (Synopsis)

The limits of how far humanity can go in the Universe (Synopsis)

“Even if I stumble on to the absolute truth of any aspect of the universe, I will not realise my luck and instead will spend my life trying to find flaws in this understanding – such is the role of a scientist.” -Brian Schmidt Imagine you had arbitrarily great technology, limitless energy, and the ability … Read moreThe limits of how far humanity can go in the Universe (Synopsis)