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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…

Sometimes I wonder if I’m going to need to learn video editing to make this outreach thing work. I might do well to follow the lead of this guy, who’s a Norwegian named Lasse Gjertsen, and who’s posted a video of him “playing drums and piano.” Well, playing drums and piano kinda. But damn, I…

Bring him to me!

The Milky Way galaxy is a relatively big spiral galaxy. So is Andromeda. There are about 20 dwarf galaxies that are gravitationally bound to us; combined with us, all of this makes up the local group. But Andromeda is moving towards us, and eventually, it’s going to merge with us. I’ll once again show you…