Archives for August, 2016

“A lot of legends, a lot of people, have come before me. But this is my time.” -Usain Bolt The Olympics is an incredible time for athletes in all sports, and a time to celebrate the fastest, strongest, most agile, and all the other superlative achievements the human body is capable of. Yet for those…

“Honestly, if you’re given the choice between Armageddon or tea, you don’t say ‘what kind of tea?” -Neil Gaiman Enjoying the Perseid meteor shower this year, as perhaps you do every August? As you look up, the great cosmic show might have a lot more to offer than mere streaks of light, due to cometary…

“For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.” -Leonardo da Vinci The Universe is an awfully big place, but how certain are we that we couldn’t travel in a straight line for a very long…

“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.” -Richard Feynman Like many suggestive signals in the past, the 750 GeV bump in the diphoton channel has turned out to be a mere phantasm: an unlikely statistical fluctuation that simply disappeared as more data was collected.…

“Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at a touch; nay, you may kick it about all day like a football, and it will be round and full at evening.” -Oliver Wendell Holmes When isolated stars like our Sun reach the end of their lives, they’re expected to blow off their outer layers…

“…even if we don’t understand each other, that’s not a reason to reject each other. There are two sides to any argument. Is there one point of view that has all the answers? Give it some thought.” -Alder, from Pokémon It’s been a fantastic week here at Starts With A Bang, with stories ranging from the beginning of…

“They say the universe is expanding. That should help with the traffic.” -Steven Wright Look out at a nearby object in our Universe, and you’ll find that the amount of time you look back (in years) is pretty much exactly equal to the object’s distance (in light years). But look far away, and these two…

“I’m not a natural leader. I’m too intellectual; I’m too abstract; I think too much.” -Newt Gingrich When an issue comes up, and it can be decided based on facts — on data, on evidence, on things you can measure and quantify — is it ever okay to decide that issue based on your feelings…

“My dad took me out to see a meteor shower when I was a little kid, and it was scary for me because he woke me up in the middle of the night. My heart was beating; I didn’t know what he wanted to do. He wouldn’t tell me, and he put me in the…

“Resistance to the organized mass can be effected only by the man who is as well organized in his individuality as the mass itself.” -Carl Jung If you divide the matter we know into progressively smaller and smaller components, you’d find that atomic nuclei, made of protons and neutrons, compose the overwhelming majority of the…