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Why Should There Be Dark Matter?

“And what I wanted to do was, I wanted to explore problems and areas where we didn’t have answers. In fact, where we didn’t even know the right questions to ask.” -Donald Johanson You can learn an awful lot about the Universe by asking it different questions than you asked about it previously. If all…

“…the publisher wouldn’t let us call it the Goddamn Particle, though that might be a more appropriate title, given its villainous nature and the expense it is causing.” -Leon Lederman, author of The God Particle The Higgs Boson: you know the deal. It’s the last undiscovered particle in our current picture of all the fundamental…

Neutrinos to ring in the New Year

  “This is to show the world that I can paint like Titian: [See drawing, above.] Only technical details are missing.” -Wolfgang Pauli First theorized by Pauli all the way back in 1930, neutrinos are some of the most mysterious and puzzling particles ever discovered in nature. For starters, they weren’t even first detected until…

The Null Hypothesis: It’s How I Roll

“If you go through a lot of hammers each month, I don’t think it necessarily means you’re a hard worker. It may just mean that you have a lot to learn about proper hammer maintenance.” -Jack Handey The most common type of question I get asked by people genuinely wanting to know more about the…

The Large Hadron Collider, the Higgs, and Hope

“There are no physicists in the hottest parts of hell, because the existence of a ‘hottest part’ implies a temperature difference, and any marginally competent physicist would immediately use this to run a heat engine and make some other part of hell comfortably cool.” -Richard Davisson The Large Hadron Collider is the most powerful particle…

What the WMAP image means

“It has been rightly said that nothing is unimportant, nothing powerless in the universe; a single atom can dissolve everything, and save everything! What terror! There lies the eternal distinction between good and evil.” -Gerard De Nerval (For Rich C. and Sili, for their questions on this post.) The humble hydrogen atom — one proton…

“[I]f there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.” -C.S. Lewis (For readers Mu and Bjoern.) I’ve told you the entire history of the Universe, from before the Big Bang into the far distant future, and yet many…

“Science for me is very close to art. Scientific discovery is an irrational act. It’s an intuition which turns out to be reality at the end of it — and I see no difference between a scientist developing a marvelous discovery and an artist making a painting.” -Carlo Rubbia, famous and infamous Nobel Prize-winning physicist…

“Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe.” -Frank Zappa Oh yeah, Zappa? Well, let me show you what hydrogen can do! With just…

“It is said that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. But the Universe is the ultimate free lunch.” -Alan Guth We’ve talked about the Big Bang too many times to count, and why it’s easily the leading theory regarding the origin of the Universe. It’s the only cosmic idea we have that can…