Ask Ethan #13: Where does matter come from?

“If you see an antimatter version of yourself running towards you, think twice before embracing.” –J. Richard Gott III It may not occur to you that it’s a special thing that the Earth and everything found on it is made of matter; it seems intuitive that it couldn’t be any other way. And yet, the … Read moreAsk Ethan #13: Where does matter come from?

A thought experiment for the relativity skeptics

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” –Albert Einstein It may be hard to believe, seeing as how it’s been our leading theory of gravity for nearly a century now, but Einstein’s General Relativity is possibly the most frequently challenged scientific idea of all-time. Of course, it’s emerged victorious from each and … Read moreA thought experiment for the relativity skeptics

So just what is out there beyond the Standard Model?

“Other than the laws of physics, rules have never really worked out for me.” –Craig Ferguson Earlier this week, evidence was presented measuring a very rare decay rate — albeit not incredibly precisely — which point towards the Standard Model being it as far as new particles accessible to colliders (such as the LHC) go. … Read moreSo just what is out there beyond the Standard Model?