Archives for January, 2012

A Dark Matter Deluge

“I soon became convinced… that all the theorizing would be empty brain exercise and therefore a waste of time unless one first ascertained what the population of the Universe really consists of.” -Fritz Zwicky Making the entire Universe isn’t easy. Even with 13.7 billion years of time, general relativity and all the known particles in…

The Null Hypothesis: It’s How I Roll

“If you go through a lot of hammers each month, I don’t think it necessarily means you’re a hard worker. It may just mean that you have a lot to learn about proper hammer maintenance.” -Jack Handey The most common type of question I get asked by people genuinely wanting to know more about the…

“I don’t run away from a challenge because I am afraid. Instead, I run toward it because the only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath your feet.” -Nadia Comaneci Whether it’s a new task, a new subject, a new place or a new person, life is full of wonderful new experiences, if…

“Every year I teach dozens of students at the University of Birmingham. Most of the students on the gender and sexuality courses are women. I guess this is because the boys don’t think that gender applies to them: that it’s a subject for girls.” -Louise Brown You know the stereotype, perpetrated throughout the United States…

Hubble: Still Unbeatable

“At the last dim horizon, we search among ghostly errors of observations for landmarks that are scarcely more substantial. The search will continue. The urge is older than history. It is not satisfied and it will not be oppressed.” -Edwin Hubble Given the relative peace of our night skies, combined with the vast distances from…

Q & A: Where did the Sun Come From?

“Change, like sunshine, can be a friend or a foe, a blessing or a curse, a dawn or a dusk.” -William Arthur Ward Few things are as essential to our world as we know it as the primary source of our light, heat, and all the life that flourishes on Earth as the Sun itself.…

Weekend Diversion: Your Unreliable View

“The senses deceive from time to time, and it is prudent never to trust wholly those who have deceived us even once.” -Rene Descartes Happy New Year, everyone! While many of you are still awestruck at the image of the Universe compressed into a single year, it’s time to move forward to the next thing.…