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“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? — it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.” -Jack Kerouac But how do you say goodbye to a galaxy that will…

“And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.” -Rainer Maria Rilke Yes, it’s true, with 2015 upon us, the new year holds a number of wonderful new things. Not only for us, but for the Universe as well! Consider all the time that’s passed, leading up to today. Consider how far…

“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.” -Winston Churchill There was a piece that ran over this weekend in the Wall Street Journal, claiming that the lack of evidence for extraterrestrial life is actually evidence pointing towards the existence of God.…

“The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder.” -Ralph W. Sockman After millennia looking up at the Milky Way overhead, it’s only recently that we discovered our galaxy had a spiral-like structure, and that the other spirals and ellipticals in the night sky are galaxies much like our own. But how did…

“I believe that we are here for each other, not against each other. Everything comes from an understanding that you are a gift in my life — whoever you are, whatever our differences.” -John Denver So why not lead by example? If you think there’s too much carbon in the atmosphere (because there is), if you think…

“A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.” -John Steinbeck Here we are: the final Comments of the Week of 2014 here at Starts With A…

“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” -Wayne Dyer We all can think back to that moment that happened where we knew our lives would be forever different, right? To that one moment in our past where we suddenly knew what it was that we wanted to be,…

The Christmas Tree Cluster (Synopsis)

“Bethany: Is your house on fire, Clark? Clark: No, Aunt Bethany, those are the Christmas lights.”  -National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation With Christmas upon us, what would you ask for from the Universe? It can’t bring you tangible presents, perhaps, but it can bring you the greatest cosmic sights you’ve ever feasted upon. So why not…

Fixing Occam’s Razor (Synopsis)

“It is always the simple that produces the marvelous.” -Amelia Barr All things being equal, the simplest explanation is usually the best. At least, that’s how Occam’s razor is most commonly phrased these days. Yet, when it comes to the headlines — whether it’s a “discovery” of dark matter or “evidence” for life on Mars…

The Rising Star of Science (Synopsis)

We don’t normally think about it in our day-to-day work, but as scientists, our equations, our models, our observations, our experiments and our instruments are more than just our tools for approaching our work. In a very real way, they’re our connection to the Universe itself. Yet some people miss out on that connection, never…