Archives for May, 2013

The Rise and Fall of Supersymmetry

“Supposedly she’d died, but here she was again–somewhat changed, but you couldn’t kill her. Not when the truest part of her hadn’t even been born.” –Denis Johnson Over the past 100 years, our picture of the Universe has changed dramatically, on both the largest scales and the smallest. On the large-scales, we’ve gone from a…

Messier Monday: The Cigar Galaxy, M82

“How is it they live for eons in such harmony – the billions of stars – when most men can barely go a minute without declaring war in their mind against someone they know?” –Thomas Aquinas Welcome back to another Messier Monday here on Starts With a Bang! Each Monday, we take an in-depth look at one of the 110 deep-sky wonders —…

“But I’ll tell you what hermits realize. If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you’ll come to understand that you’re connected with everything.” –Alan Watts As we move farther away from the equinox and towards the solstice, my part of the world is seeing not only more daylight, but…

“As seismologists gained more experience from earthquake records, it became obvious that the problem could not be reduced to a single peak acceleration. In fact, a full frequency of vibrations occurs.” –Charles Francis Richter You’ve all been around long enough to be familiar with the severe damage that earthquakes can cause, rattling and cracking the…

The Far Future of our Solar System

“No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.” –Alan Watts “They do not see what lies ahead, when Sun has faded and Moon is dead.” –J.R.R. Tolkien One of the most amazing facts about the Universe is that, despite only having spent a few hundred years…

“Why I came here, I know not; where I shall go it is useless to inquire – in the midst of myriads of the living and the dead worlds, stars, systems, infinity, why should I be anxious about an atom?” –Lord Byron Welcome back to another Messier Monday here on Starts With a Bang! Messier’s…

“I don’t understand how super mario can smash blocks with his head but dies when he touches a turtle.” –Unknown The past few weekends have been far too serious around the internet, and it’s time to kick back and enjoy something nice and simple. I’d like to introduce you to the little-known indie band The…

Why Science Is Anything But A Crime

“Talent hits the target no one else can hit; genius hits the target no one else can see.” –Arthur Schopenhauer You’ve probably heard the story, by now, of Kiera Wilmot, the 16-year-old girl who performed a mildly dangerous chemistry experiment on school grounds, mixing together household cleaner and aluminum inside a sealed container. You can…

Putting Einstein to the Test

“The views of space and time which I wish to lay before you have sprung from the soil of experimental physics, and therein lies their strength. They are radical. Henceforth space by itself, and time by itself, are doomed to fade away into mere shadows, and only a kind of union of the two will…