Archives for November, 2015

“Lots of science fiction deals with distant times and places. Intrepid prospectors in the Asteroid Belt. Interstellar epics. Galactic empires. Trips to the remote past or future.” -Edward M. Lerner Of all the asteroids we’ve ever discovered, it’s arguably the very first one, Ceres, that’s got the most to teach us. Currently being mapped at…

“No one regards what is before his feet; we all gaze at the stars.” –Quintus Ennius For the space, science or astronomy enthusiast, there’s nothing like looking up at the Universe with your own eyes and discovering it. But during the day, while you’re seated at your desk, office or computer, many of us crave…

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” -Albert Schweitzer It was an action-packed week here at Starts With A Bang, where we took on all of the following:…

“We are not like the social insects. They have only the one way of doing things and they will do it forever, coded for that way. We are coded differently, not just for binary choices, go or no-go. We can go four ways at once, depending on how the air feels: go, no-go, but also…

“We live in an atmosphere of shame. We are ashamed of everything that is real about us; ashamed of ourselves, of our relatives, of our incomes, of our accents, of our opinions, of our experience, just as we are ashamed of our naked skins.” –George Bernard Shaw On this Thanksgiving day, we’re supposed to express…

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” -Albert Einstein While it’s easy to look on Einstein’s general theory of relativity — which turns 100 today — as a revolutionary new way to interpret space and time, as well as their interplay with matter and energy,…

“Few enterprises of great labor or hazard would be undertaken if we had not the power of magnifying the advantages we expect from them.” -Samuel Johnson Dark matter may make up 27% of the Universe’s energy density, compared to just 5% of normal (atomic) matter, but in our Solar System, it’s notoriously sparse. In particular,…

“It may be that ultimately the search for dark matter will turn out to be the most expensive and largest null result experiment since the Michelson-Morley experiment, which failed to detect the ether.” -John Moffat Dark matter is a puzzle that’s now more than 80 years old: the presence of all the known, observable, detectable…

“It’s almost like I feel I’m just moving there, and I’m not coming back.” -Scott Kelly On his 233rd day in space, ISS astronaut Scott Kelly took a photo that’s since gone viral of the Earth at night, showing a number of cities in India and a star field above the planet’s atmosphere and airglow.…

“Science is the one human activity that is truly progressive. The body of positive knowledge is transmitted from generation to generation.” -Edwin Hubble We really got into some wondrous stuff here at Starts With A Bang this past week, including: Can we see our galaxy’s supermassive black hole? (for Ask Ethan), Averaging inanimate objects can produce human faces,…