The second most abundant particles in the Universe are undetectable!

“These neutrino observations are so exciting and significant that I think we’re about to see the birth of an entirely new branch of astronomy: neutrino astronomy.” –John Bahcall You’ve been around here long enough to know about the Big Bang. The vast majority of galaxies are speeding away from us, but more than that, the … Read moreThe second most abundant particles in the Universe are undetectable!

How Einstein's most famous equation affects you

“It followed from the special theory of relativity that mass and energy are both but different manifestations of the same thing — a somewhat unfamiliar conception for the average mind.” –Albert Einstein You’ve heard and seen it plenty of times: Einstein’s most famous equation, E = mc2. I’ve taken you inside this equation before, which … Read moreHow Einstein's most famous equation affects you

Messier Monday: Messier's First Globular Cluster, M2

“God put me on this earth to accomplish a certain number of things. Right now I am so far behind that I will never die.” –Bill Watterson Welcome back to another Messier Monday, only here on Starts With A Bang! With each new Monday, we take an in-depth look at a prominently visible random object from Messier’s catalogue … Read moreMessier Monday: Messier's First Globular Cluster, M2

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?

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!

How the Higgs gives Mass to the Universe

“This is evidently a discovery of a new particle. If anybody claims otherwise you can tell them they have lost connection with reality.” –Tommaso Dorigo You’ve probably heard the news by now: the Higgs boson — the last undiscovered fundamental particle of nature — has been found. Indeed the news reports just keep rolling in; … Read moreHow the Higgs gives Mass to the Universe

Practically Everything Leaves Something Behind

“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people … Read morePractically Everything Leaves Something Behind