Archives for May, 2014

How did the Universe begin? (Synopsis)

“In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.” -Douglas Adams So, you think you know about the beginning. About where everything came from, about how our Universe got its start. As my very blog is titled, it “Starts With…

“I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.” -Jack London Here on Earth, we think of shooting stars and meteor showers as things that happen periodically; sometimes they’re spectacular, sometimes they’re rare. But in all cases,…

“Ali always said I would be nothing without him. But what would he have been without me?” -Joe Frazier We don’t normally think of deep-sky objects — seemingly fixed structures in the sky — as fighting for their lives, but when you’re a spiral galaxy caught in a gravitational storm, that’s exactly what you’re up against!…

“My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished 2 bags of M&M’s and a chocolate cake. I feel better already.” -Dave Barry They say that the milk chocolate melts in your mouth, not in your hand, but the colored candy…

“The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one’s appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship.” -Amelia Earhart It’s been another fantastic week for us here at Starts With A Bang! This past week, we’ve had a blast…

“There is no such thing as perpetual tranquillity of mind while we live here; because life itself is but motion, and can never be without desire, nor without fear, no more than without sense.” -Thomas Hobbes Well, it finally happened: someone asked me about the accuracy (or inaccuracy) of a certain viral video. And as you…

“Is your Hot Pocket cold in the middle?” “It’s frozen. But it can be served boiling lava hot.” “Will it burn my mouth?” “It’ll destroy your mouth. Everything will taste like rubber for a month.”  -Jim Gaffigan You’ve all had the experience: you’re all excited to microwave your favorite snack. So you pull it out…

“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.” -Mohandas Gandhi When it comes to figuring out what’s going to happen in our material world — as far as energy, particles, interactions, space and time are concerned — science is perhaps the only real tool of knowledge we have to guide us in…

“For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.” -Vincent Van Gogh Ever since the BICEP2 team reported their findings — and evidence for B-mode polarization of the cosmic microwave background indicating gravitational waves from inflation — the physics world has never been the same. Recently,…

“It’s not what you have on the outside that glitters in light, it’s what you have on the inside that shines in the dark.” -Anthony Liccione You might look out at a picture of a star cluster, globular cluster, or galaxy in space and think of this as mundane by this point in time. After all,…