Archives for December, 2015

“If you see an antimatter version of yourself running towards you, think twice before embracing.” –J. Richard Gott III Everywhere we look in the Universe, we find that planets, stars, galaxies, and even the gas between them are all made of matter and not antimatter. Yet as far as we know, the laws of nature…

“You cannot rob me of free nature’s grace, You cannot shut the windows of the sky Through which Aurora shows her brightening face.” -James Thomson When the Sun emits a flare or a mass ejection in the direction of Earth, these fast moving particles are when Earth’s magnetosphere and atmosphere are of the utmost importance for…

“I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort where we overlap.” -Ani DiFranco The observable Universe is a big, big place. Some 46 billion light years in all directions, with hundreds of billions of galaxies inside, it’s no wonder that we see stars and galaxies in all directions…

“This whole Santa Claus thing just doesn’t make sense. Why all the secrecy? Why all the mystery? If the guy exists why doesn’t he ever show himself and prove it? And if he doesn’t exist what’s the meaning of all this?” -Calvin, via Bill Watterson This is our last comments of the week for 2015,…

“They say it all started out with a big bang. But, what I wonder is, was it a big bang or did it just seem big because there wasn’t anything else drown it out at the time?” -Karl Pilkington Looking out at the distant stars, galaxies and radiation in the Universe today, we’ve been able…

“If the expansion of the space of the universe is uniform in all directions, an observer located in anyone of the galaxies will see all other galaxies running away from him at velocities proportional to their distances from the observer.” -George Gamow When Einstein put forth his space-and-time changing theory of General Relativity, one of…

“It’s like trying to describe what you feel when you’re standing on the rim of the Grand Canyon or remembering your first love or the birth of your child. You have to be there to really know what it’s like.” -Harrison Schmitt They say that one of the most exciting phrases to hear in science…

Why string theory is not science (Synopsis)

“As of now, string theorists have no explanation of why there are three large dimensions as well as time, and the other dimensions are microscopic. Proposals about that have been all over the map.” -Edward Witten Earlier this month, a conference was held devoted to the question of whether untestable scientific ideas like string theory…

“I often feel a discomfort, a kind of embarrassment, when I explain elementary-particle physics to laypeople. It all seems so arbitrary – the ridiculous collection of fundamental particles, the lack of pattern to their masses.” -Leonard Susskind When it comes to physics, there are a tremendous number of unsolved problems that seem to mandate the…

“For me, the study of these laws is inseparable from a love of Nature in all its manifestations.” – Murray Gell-Mann When you take a glimpse into the deep Universe, beyond the gas, dust, stars and planets of our own galaxy, you enter the realm of the galaxies. In general, they come in two types:…