Get Your Galaxy in Gear!

“We don’t understand how a single star forms, yet we want to understand how 10 billion stars form.” –Carlos Frenk The Universe has been around for a long time: nearly 14 billion years, to the best of our knowledge. When it was very young, there were absolutely zero stars in it, while today, there are hundreds … Read moreGet Your Galaxy in Gear!

What does the Universe look like beyond our Galaxy?

“Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people.” –Carl Sagan Our night sky, quite literally, is our window to the Universe. Well, it’s kind of a … Read moreWhat does the Universe look like beyond our Galaxy?

Explaining the Higgs: on TV last night!

“We knew that we had indeed done something that was very different and very exciting, but we still didn’t expect it to have something to do with physical reality.” –Gerald Guralnik, co-developer of the Higgs mechanism Might as well make this entire week “Higgs week” here on Starts With A Bang, given how important yesterday’s … Read moreExplaining the Higgs: on TV last night!

Learning all about the Eagle, all over again

“We find them smaller and fainter, in constantly increasing numbers, and we know that we are reaching into space, farther and farther, until, with the faintest nebulae that can be detected with the greatest telescopes, we arrive at the frontier of the known Universe.” –Edwin Hubble While large parts of the internet are blacked out … Read moreLearning all about the Eagle, all over again

Weekend Diversion: Lift me up, Quantum-style!

“I see miracles all around me Stop and look, it’s all astounding Water, fire, air and dirt Fucking magnets, how do they work? And I don’t wanna talk to no scientist, Y’all motherfuckers lyin’, and gettin’ me pissed.” –Insane Clown Posse While music certainly has the power to be uplifting, the Insane Clown Posse simply … Read moreWeekend Diversion: Lift me up, Quantum-style!

How do we know how many galaxies are in the Universe?

“The human mind is not capable of grasping the Universe. We are like a little child entering a huge library. The walls are covered to the ceilings with books in many different tongues. The child knows that someone must have written these books. It does not know who or how. It does not understand the … Read moreHow do we know how many galaxies are in the Universe?

Einstein’s Last Mystery

“God does not play dice with the Universe.” –Einstein “Einstein, don’t tell God what to do.” –Neils Bohr (disputed, but awesome) Einstein, the brilliant mind behind general relativity and the concept of “spacetime,” is making the news again this week. As you all know, gravity isn’t some mysterious invisible force traveling across space, it comes … Read moreEinstein’s Last Mystery

An amazing video on Evolution and Intelligent Design

Evolution, creationism, and intelligent design are words that many people have extremely strong opinions about. Regardless of how you feel about why the laws of nature are what they are, which have evidently allowed us to exist, the evidence for the validity of the theory of evolution with one major mechanism being natural selection is … Read moreAn amazing video on Evolution and Intelligent Design

Setting up for the Blogosphere

In preparation for the launch of, I am attempting to embed a video I had found on youtube, of the slow-motion ignition of a lighter. How does this work?  The video demonstrates that to make something very simple happen (to get a sustained, controlled flame out of a compact piece of equipment), a lot of … Read moreSetting up for the Blogosphere