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“The human mind is not capable of grasping the Universe. We are like a little child entering a huge library. The walls are covered to the ceilings with books in many different tongues. The child knows that someone must have written these books. It does not know who or how. It does not understand the…

“Neutrinos, they are very small. They have no charge and have no mass And do not interact at all. The earth is just a silly ball To them, through which they simply pass, Like dustmaids down a drafty hall Or photons through a sheet of glass. They snub the most exquisite gas, Ignore the most…

Einstein’s Last Mystery

“God does not play dice with the Universe.” -Einstein “Einstein, don’t tell God what to do.” -Neils Bohr (disputed, but awesome) Einstein, the brilliant mind behind general relativity and the concept of “spacetime,” is making the news again this week. As you all know, gravity isn’t some mysterious invisible force traveling across space, it comes…

Say Chowdah, Frenchie!

I don’t understand French nearly well enough to understand the explanation in this video, but I was amazed at what the physical world can do when I saw this video. (Video courtesy of Wimp.com.) What’s going on here? Well, you’ve got: a series of bar magnets on the bottom, a ceramic cylinder, an insulating, non-magnetic…

Solar Eruption Video

Ever see a picture of a Solar Prominence before? If you have, you’ll recognize these loop-like features leaving the Sun’s surface and ending up in the Sun’s corona: Well two spacecraft designed to monitor the Sun, Stereo A (which stands for “Ahead” of Earth) and Stereo B (which stands for “Behind”) just imaged a 30-hour…

I was in a movie!

Barney: Next they’re gonna show my movie. Bart: You made a movie ? Barney: I made a movie? I wonder why there was a picture of me on the cover of Entertainment Weekly. Earlier this year, a documentary film challenge was issued internationally. The goal was to make a movie about one of this year’s…

When Four Galaxy Clusters Collide!

It seems like it was just last week that I wrote about colliding dark matter, showing what happens when two galaxy clusters collide. Well, nature has gone and one-upped me. Let me explain. Galaxy clusters are huge conglomerations of matter: normal matter (protons, neutrons, electrons, etc.) and dark matter (this mysterious, non-collisional stuff). We find…

Welcome to Starts With A Bang!

Welcome to our new home on the web! For those of you who are longtime readers of Starts With A Bang!, I welcome you to our new location! And to those of you who see me as a new face, it’s my pleasure to meet you! I’m looking forward to a long and healthy partnership…

Genesis Teaser Trailer is Up!

What is the future of this website? I’m going to be creating videos for the web about the Universe. I’ll be answering questions ranging from what the Universe is like today to how it got to be that way. I’m going to address every step that we know of, from the Big Bang up to…

Afraid of the Dark?

So I gave a public lecture last (Monday) night called, “Afraid of the Dark: How We Know What We Can’t See” and videotaped it. Now, I’m pretty good at what I’m doing right now (research in theoretical cosmology), but I’m really good at public speaking and teaching, and here is me telling a public audience…