Archives for July, 2017

“There would be no Star Trek unless there were transporter malfunctions.” -LeVar Burton Since way before even Star Trek, the idea of teleportation was featured in Shakespeare, The Arabian Nights, and even the Jewish Talmud. To disappear at one location and reappear at another has long been a science-fiction dream of humanity, but science has,…

“In the current cosmological model, only the three lightest elements were created in the first few minutes after the Big Bang; all other elements were produced later in stars.” -Fumagalli, O’Meara and Prochaska, 2011 When it was first conceived, the idea of the Big Bang was spectacular for the fact that it made three incredibly…

“Juno will peer hundreds of miles downward into the atmosphere with its microwave radiometer, which passively senses heat coming from within the planet. This capability will enable Juno to reveal the deep structure of the Great Red Spot, along with other prominent Jovian features, such as the colorful cloud bands.” -Tricia Talbert Jupiter’s Great Red…

“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” -Abraham Lincoln As you’ve come to expect, it’s been another fantastic week of science here on Starts With A Bang!? There’s a chance I’ll be in Las Vegas next month for the official Star Trek convention, and in addition to all we’re doing, there’s a chance…

“Those who begin coercive elimination of dissent soon find themselves exterminating dissenters. Compulsory unification of opinion achieves only the unanimity of the graveyard.” -Robert Jackson Ever since we began uncovering the laws of nature, humanity has looked for a way to simplify them. We attempt to create an overarching framework that encapsulates all the different…

“Nobody ever did, or ever will, escape the consequences of his choices.” -Alfred A. Montapert So you’re passing by a black hole in a massive, fast-moving spaceship, and you want to do an experiment: you tether a small mass outside of the ship and let it fall into the black hole, just allowing it the…

“There are two infinities that confuse me: the one in my soul devours me; the one around me will crush me” -Gustave Flaubert Last week, Donald Trump restored the National Space Council, promising to take America and the world to new heights in space. He also made some statements claiming that this is infinity here,…

“When you listen to a lecture, you should not have any idea of yourself. You should not have your own idea when you listen to someone. Forget what you have in your mind and just listen to what he says. To have nothing in your mind is naturalness. Then you will understand what he says.…

“Eddington had needed to make significant corrections to some of the measurements, for various technical reasons, and in the end decided to leave some of the Sobral data out of the calculation entirely. Many scientists were suspicious that he had cooked the books. Although the suspicion lingered for years in some quarters, in the end…

“This new insight may force us to rethink the whole cosmological context of how galaxies burn out early on and evolve into local elliptical-shaped galaxies. Perhaps we have been blind to the fact that early “dead” galaxies could in fact be disks, simply because we haven’t been able to resolve them.” -Sune Toft How do…