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?

The Fundamental Constants Behind Our Universe

“The joy of life consists in the exercise of one’s energies, continual growth, constant change, the enjoyment of every new experience. To stop means simply to die. The eternal mistake of mankind is to set up an attainable ideal.” –Aleister Crowley But the Universe itself experiences continual growth, constant change, and new experiences all the … Read moreThe Fundamental Constants Behind Our Universe

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?