Archives for October, 2013

“The deeper reason we fear our own glory is that once we let others see it, they will have seen the truest us, and that is nakedness indeed. […] It is an awkward thing to shimmer when everyone else around you is not, to walk in your glory with an unveiled face when everyone else…

“Haters are like crickets; they make a lot of noise you can hear but you never see them, then you walk right by them and they’re quiet.” –Unknown The sound of crickets adds an unavoidable hum to the evenings and nights in many places throughout the world, a familiar sound — I’m sure — to…

Ask Ethan #6: The Center of the Universe

“If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.” –C. S. Lewis And yet, when you search for the truth, you often find answers that butt…

How to reach the outer solar system

“Even in hindsight, I would not change one whit of the Voyager experience. Dreams and sweat carried it off. But most of all, its legacy makes us all Earth travelers among the stars.” -Charley Kohlhase In the early days of space exploration, it was quite a feat just to get up and out of Earth’s…

“The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.” -Patrick Henry It’s not a good idea to showcase a galaxy for you every Messier Monday, considering that even a crescent Moon can render most of them completely unobservable. Now that the autumnal equinox has passed, however,…

Weekend Diversion: The Physics of Flamingos

“Is there anything more beautiful than a beautiful, beautiful flamingo, flying across in front of a beautiful sunset? And he’s carrying a beautiful rose in his beak, and also he’s carrying a very beautiful painting with his feet. And also, you’re drunk.” –Jack Handy The diversity of the world’s animals is one of the most…

Ask Ethan #5: The Weak Force

“Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away.” –Marcus Aurelius Every one of us does our best to come up with an accurate picture…

Scientific Paradoxes are Omens of Advance

“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.” -Charles Darwin There are problems with science today, no doubt. With all the knowledge we’ve accumulated about the Universe, from…