Archives for February, 2010

WMAP year 7: We Know What We’re Doing!

The New Age? It’s just the old age stuck in a microwave oven for fifteen seconds. -James Randi About two weeks ago, the WMAP (Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe) team released their seven-year results, and I’m finally ready to tell you all about it. WMAP, remember, is this guy. By looking at two different points in…

Ever since I was a child I have had this instinctive urge for expansion and growth. To me, the function and duty of a quality human being is the sincere and honest development of one’s potential. -Bruce Lee It isn’t only our heros that expand and grow; the Universe does that, too! In the first…

Weekend Diversion: Super Bowl Predictions!

Here in the United States, it’s Super Bowl Sunday, and the Colts play the Saints for the championship of our National Football League. We listen to music that pumps us up, we eat lots of food (it’s the second highest day for food consumption behind Thanksgiving), and — of course — we watch the big…

Hubble rules you, Pluto!

What we know about Pluto today could fit on the back of a postage stamp. -Colleen Hartman Part of the joy of astronomy is, every once in a while, you just get an astoundingly beautiful new picture or video of a foreign planet, star, galaxy or cluster. Pluto, the most distant planet, is among the…

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. -Maria Robinson In parts one and two, we covered the very beginning of the Universe as we know it. Specifically, we talked about inflation, which is the process that sets up the Big Bang. Inflation —…

I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore! -Howard Beale Let me tell you a little story. Nine years ago, I was living in California, and I had a car accident. The damage to my car was pretty bad; the first estimate I got said that it would take about…