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“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…

“When you look at the stars and the galaxy, you feel that you are not just from any particular piece of land, but from the solar system.” -Kalpana Chawla Two weeks ago, we released the first video in our web series: Genesis, the story of where all this comes from. The video was on Organic…

“Astronomers are greatly disappointed when, having traveled halfway around the world to see an eclipse, clouds prevent a sight of it; and yet a sense of relief accompanies the disappointment.” -Simon Newcomb For most of us, news of a total solar eclipse — even though they happen (on average) once every three years — seems…

“I’m a man! I’m forty!” -Mike Gundy ‘Twas the weekend before Christmas at Starts With A Bang, and the comments you left ranged from “hooray” to “dang!” There’s much that you like and a bit you abhor, but some things require explaining some more. This past week saw seven posts, crafted with care: Did we just find…

“We are incredibly heedless in the formation of our beliefs, but find ourselves filled with an illicit passion for them when anyone proposed to rob us of their companionship.” -James Harvey Robinson The Universe seems to be full of contradictions. On one hand, everywhere we look — in all directions and at all locations —…

“In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” -Albert Camus This Sunday marks the Winter Solstice: the darkest, longest evening of the year for all the Earth’s northern hemisphere denizens. Sure, you probably know all about Earth’s axial tilt and how the southern hemisphere experiences the summer…

Quantum Immortality (Synopsis)

They say that a cat has nine lives, mostly because of their uncanny ability to find themselves in — and escape from — frequently perilous situations. Perhaps, of all the animals that he could have chosen, that’s why Schrödinger made his famous thought experiment about the most diminutive of felines. But there’s an incredible outcome that…