Archives for April, 2011

The Deepest Shadows in our own Backyard

“Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more; it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” -William Shakespeare Ahh, the glorious shadows of our Universe. Everywhere that sunlight is blocked gives us shadow.…

“School sucks, right? I mean you do what you can to improve it, but in the end, there’s a limit. Because it’s school. And ‘school sucks.’ Remember?” -Louis C.K. At every level, education always seems to be a hot button issue. Whether it’s in primary and secondary schools, where testing at every level is the…

Have we Discovered New Physics?!?!!

“Although important nuclear physics work was to go on in laboratories such as ours had become – and we had to cut down to a lower energy group – it was not fundamentally opening up new insights on the structure of matter. That required you to be in a higher league.” -John Henry Carver Okay,…

Fun with Colliding Galaxies!

“Where there is an observatory and a telescope, we expect that any eyes will see new worlds at once.” -Henry David Thoreau This past weekend, the Astronomy Picture of the Day was a remarkable shot of the giant spiral galaxy NGC 6872, taken by the Gemini Telescope. (It’s not Hubble, but Gemini is pretty impressive…

Intel Science Talent Search Winner: Mr. Bush, please save Hubble. Then-President Bush: Is Hubble in trouble? Oh my, yes, for those of you who don’t know, Hubble is, in fact, in trouble once again. To set the mood, I’ve got one of the best songs about it: Ray LaMontagne‘s Trouble. For the uninitiated, Hubble —…

Oh, no! There goes Tokyo…

“This is Tokyo. Once a city of six million people. What has happened here was caused by a force which up until a few days ago was entirely beyond the scope of Man’s imagination.” -Steve Martin What was once only in the realm of our wildest science-fiction fantasies has become a nightmare come true for…