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“I don’t watch it, but I know enough to comment on it.” -Dan Quayle First off, I want to thank everyone involved here at Scienceblogs (especially Wes Dodson) for all the support over the years and especially over the past few months, even as the main Starts With A Bang blog has moved to Medium.…

“They do not see what lies ahead, when Sun has faded and Moon is dead.”  -J.R.R. Tolkien Someday, the Sun will expand, engulfing Mercury and Venus, and then some. Will we survive? It’s an exciting week, as our long-running Ask Ethan series debuts over at Medium! You can still send in your questions and suggestions here, and…

“All the problems of the world could be settled easily if men were only willing to think. The trouble is that men very often resort to all sorts of devices in order not to think, because thinking is such hard work.”  -Thomas J. Watson You’ll frequently hear people say, “the science is settled.” Scientifically speaking,…

“Building one space station for everyone was and is insane: we should have built a dozen.” -Larry Niven From Earth and beyond, these time lapses show our one-of-a-kind motion through the Universe. Here on Earth, the night sky (and all the stars in it) appear to rotate a full 360° every 24 hours, producing star…

“We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people.” -Carl Sagan A galaxy very different from our own may hold the key to seeing what our far future looks…

“Experience is not what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens to you.” -Aldous Huxley Phrases that only came out of one man’s mouth because of his kids. It’s common knowledge that I myself don’t have any children, but have spent the better portion of my adult life educating children of all…

Ask Ethan #26: Burn, baby, burn!

“Man loves company – even if it is only that of a small burning candle.” -Georg C. Lichtenberg It’s the end of the week here at Starts With A Bang, and so it’s time for still another Ask Ethan! This is — for those of you wondering — the final Ask Ethan we’ll have here on…

What is Color? (Synopsis)

“You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you’re doing. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself.” -Alan Alda Alan Alda recently challenged scientists to explain this simple question to 11-year-olds in less than 300 words. Could you do it?…

“If you are caught on a golf course during a storm and are afraid of lightning, hold up a 1-iron. Not even God can hit a 1-iron.” -Lee Trevino It’s one of the most beautiful (and terrifying) sights in the world. But what causes it? If the Earth is about to spew volcanic ash, smoke,…

Top 5 facts about Imaginary Math (Synopsis)

“There is not enough love and goodness in the world to permit giving any of it away to imaginary beings.” -Friedrich Nietzsche You know that the square root of -1 is “i”, an imaginary number. But did you know any of these? For classical (Newtonian) mechanics, as well as electromagnetism, it’s sufficient to use real mathematics…