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“It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.” –Joseph Campbell When we look at the centers of galaxies, it’s no surprise that there are large black holes there, millions or even billions of times the mass of the Sun. As we…

“The first duty of every Starfleet officer is to the truth, whether it’s scientific truth or historical truth or personal truth! It is the guiding principle on which Starfleet is based. And if you can’t find it within yourself to stand up and tell the truth about what happened, you don’t deserve to wear that…

The LHC made simple (Synopsis)

“Let them see that their words can cut you and you’ll never be free of the mockery. If they want to give you a name, take it, make it your own. Then they can’t hurt you with it anymore.” –George R.R. Martin Well, it’s finally happened! After a two year upgrade, the LHC is back…

“The flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long.” –Lao Tzu With hundreds of billions of stars in the Milky Way, you’d think the largest star we’ve ever discovered would be in the most intense star-forming regions here, perhaps towards the galactic center. It’s a good thought, as we’ve discovered stars up to 175…

“Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.” –Pablo Picasso When you think about representing something physical in an artistic medium, you usually think of starting with a blank canvas and adding to it. Such is the case with musicians, who start with silence and add to it, like Tony Trischka as he plays…

“It’s tempting to go to the throat of the volcano to get the data, because if you do you’re a hero … It’s a battle between your mind and your emotions. If your emotions win out, you can get yourself in a lot of trouble.” –Ken Wohletz Back on Monday, I shared with you the incomparable…

“The simple fact of existence, of being aware that you are aware; this to me is the most astounding fact.” -William Hurt It’s amazing how quickly a week can go by, yet equally amazing how much a week can contain. First the first time since we’ve begun having contributor posts here at Starts With A Bang,…

“Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.” –Vaclav Havel When you take a look at the planets in our Solar System, one of the most striking features about them is that they all orbit in almost exactly the…

“Is no one inspired by our present picture of the Universe? This value of science remains unsung by singers, you are reduced to hearing not a song or poem, but an evening lecture about it. This is not yet a scientific age.” –Richard Feynman There are many scientific facts that are simply remarkable when it comes…

Out there in the Universe, black holes are some of the most extreme examples of physics in the Universe. Space is curved tremendously, there’s an incredible concentration of energy all in one, singular point, and everything that occurs, in theory, outside of the event horizon can be seen in our Universe. But what if one…