Archives for October, 2011

“I’m the best there is at what I do, but what I do best isn’t very nice.” -Wolverine For those of you who thought long and hard about the song I gave you yesterday, perhaps you anticipated that there might have been a connection to this years costume. It’s a little tenuous, but this year?…

“If human beings had genuine courage, they’d wear their costumes every day of the year, not just on Halloween.” -Doug Coupland Halloween is just around the corner, and there’s no better song to listen to for the holiday spirit than Warren Zevon’s classic, Werewolves Of London.Those of you who’ve been hanging around for the last…

“Every true, eternal problem is an equally true, eternal fault; every answer an atonement, every realisation an improvement.” -Otto Weininger The best measurements of the distant Universe — out beyond our galaxy — have led us to the current picture of exactly what our Universe is doing: expanding and cooling, with its galaxies progressively getting…

A Test for Neutrinos: Put Up or Shut Up

“Where there is no patrol car, there is no speed limit.” -Peter Beckmann You’ve of course heard the news that the OPERA collaboration in Italy has measured what appears to be neutrinos moving faster than the speed of light. The way they did it was pretty straightforward. Shoot a pulse of protons moving at ultra-high…

Guest Essay: You Are A Scientist

“In science, even when you’re convinced that you know the right answer, you keep testing your understanding in new ways. You keep looking for phenomena that might do something different than what your best ideas and theories predict. As long as there’s a Universe out there to investigate, science doesn’t end.” -Ethan Siegel We’ve talked…

I am a Scientist

“Science is facts; just as houses are made of stone, so is science made of facts. But a pile of stones is not a house, and a collection of facts is not necessarily science.” -Jules Henri Poincaré The higher you fall from, the faster you’ll be moving when you hit the ground. Seems like the…

“I see miracles all around me Stop and look, it’s all astounding Water, fire, air and dirt Fucking magnets, how do they work? And I don’t wanna talk to no scientist, Y’all motherfuckers lyin’, and gettin’ me pissed.” -Insane Clown Posse While music certainly has the power to be uplifting, the Insane Clown Posse simply…

The Status of Dark Matter

“By now you must know that your father can never be turned from the Dark Side. So will it be with you.” -Emperor Palpatine, Return of the Jedi You’ve heard about dark matter. It’s the notion that the Universe is somehow very much different than the small corner of it that we’re most familiar with.…

Game Over for Faster-Than-Light Neutrinos?

“If my theory of relativity is proven successful, Germany will claim me as a German and France will declare that I am a citizen of the world. Should my theory prove untrue, France will say that I am a German and Germany will declare that I am a Jew.” -Albert Einstein One of the most…

Deeper into the Universe

“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” -Joseph Campbell Space, as you know, is mostly empty, as the typical distance between galaxies far exceeds the size of the galaxies themselves. But in a few select regions of the Universe, where the mass density is unusually above average, galaxies cluster together by…