Archives for May, 2014

“If there’s one thing that I love as an entertainer, it’s a spectacle.” -JC Chasez I know that about half of those of you who read Starts With A Bang regularly hail from outside the United States, but I was completely unprepared for the joyous spectacle that is the Eurovision song contest when I first…

“There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.” -Aldous Huxley From tiny, laser-light wavelengths to dark skies to dark matter on the largest scales in the Universe, it’s been quite a week at the main Starts With A Bang collection over at Medium. New this week, we’ve…

“Art has a way of confronting us, of reminding us, of engaging us, in what it means to be human, and what it means to be human is to be flawed, is to be contradictory, is to be often weak, and yet despite all of these what we would consider drawbacks, that we’re also quite…

“Science progresses best when observations force us to alter our preconceptions.” -Vera Rubin Yesterday, we took an amazing look at a finding that looks like it rules out Dark Matter’s #1 Competitor: TeVeS. But if that’s true — and the Universe must be full of dark matter — just what exactly do we know about this…

“The discrepancy between what was expected and what has been observed has grown over the years, and we’re straining harder and harder to fill the gap.” -Jeremiah P. Ostriker When it comes to the Universe, and the structure in it, from galaxies to groups to clusters to the grand cosmic web on the largest scales,…

“He who loves practice without theory is like the sailor who boards ship without a rudder and compass and never knows where he may cast.” -Leonardo Da Vinci One of the great tools that theorists use in their arsenal is the reductio ad absurdum, or the notion that if you can prove that the acceptance of…

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” -John Lubbock Each Messier Monday, we take a look at one of the 110 deep…

“Every moment of light and dark is a miracle.” -Walt Whitman To those of you who regularly enjoy clear, dark skies and the wondrous sights they bring, you have not only my envy, but the envy of a great many of us who long to have the wonders of the Universe directly accessible to our…

“If the world wants you, it’s gonna keep on coming till it gets you. And who am I that can fix it? Who am I that can change this if the world wants it so badly? Who am I to stop the end of the world if it keeps on coming?” -Patrick Ness It’s been…

“The atoms become like a moth, seeking out the region of higher laser intensity.” -Steven Chu Sure, lasers are fascinating entities. By stimulating the right medium with the right conditions, you can induce the stimulated emission of radiation of the same exact wavelength in the same exact direction over and over again. But is there…