Archives for September, 2011

Dark Matter Haters to the Left

“When you make the finding yourself — even if you’re the last person on Earth to see the light — you’ll never forget it.” -Carl Sagan When we talk about dark matter and its alternatives, we are talking about no less a task than explaining the structure of every large object in the Universe. This…

How stable is the stuff we’re made out of?

“I trust in nature for the stable laws of beauty and utility. Spring shall plant and autumn garner to the end of time.” -Robert Browning Like everything else that we know of in the Universe — galaxies, stars, and planets — human beings are made out of atoms. And just like galaxies, stars and planets,…