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“The night has a thousand eyes, and the day but one; Yet the light of the bright world dies with the dying sun.” -Francis William Bourdillon When we look for the brightest, bluest, most massive individual stars, we’re restricted to looking nearby, since it’s impossible to resolve individual stars at distances that extend much beyond…

“Quintessence is a dynamic, time-evolving, and spatially dependent form of energy with negative pressure sufficient to drive the accelerating expansion […] Whereas the cosmological constant is a very specific form of energy.” -Robert Caldwell, inventor of the Big Rip scenario Our Universe began with a period of cosmic inflation: where energy intrinsic to space itself…

“The truth is you can be orphaned again and again and again. The truth is, you will be. And the secret is, this will hurt less and less each time until you can’t feel a thing. Trust me on this.” -Chuck Palahniuk The planets we know of — in our own Solar System and beyond…

“…as a scientist I was trained you always have to show the negative data, the data that disagrees with you, and then make the case that your case is stronger.” -Richard Muller Global temperatures have been on the rise not just for decades, but for as long as we’ve been measuring temperatures around the globe:…

“In fact, the mere act of opening the box will determine the state of the cat, although in this case there were three determinate states the cat could be in: these being Alive, Dead, and Bloody Furious.” -Terry Pratchett Quantum mechanics has been described as the spookiest of all the sciences, since it’s by far the most…

“True realism consists in revealing the surprising things which habit keeps covered and prevents us from seeing.” -Jean Cocteau Each time you look at a photograph of the Universe, you aren’t just seeing it as it was at a particular moment in time, but also in a particular wavelength (or set of wavelengths) of light!…

“[W]hen I was younger, I was afraid of something that didn’t make a lot of sense. But now I’m not. I have nothing to worry about. It doesn’t matter.” -Maurice Sendak Well, here in the USA we’re all still reeling from the loss of an hour for daylight savings time, and in the meantime, I’ve been reeling…

“It is in the theory of perception that we have established our bond, or the lie I should say, for which we kill. We are nothing without our image. Without our projection. Without the spiritual hologram of who we perceive ourselves to be or rather to become, in the future. When you are lonely, I…

John Oliver: So, roughly speaking, what are the chances that the world is going to be destroyed? One-in-a-million? One-in-a-billion? Walter Wagner: Well, the best we can say right now is a one-in-two chance. John: 50-50? Walter: Yeah, 50-50… It’s a chance, it’s a 50-50 chance. John: You come back to this 50-50 thing, what is…

“If you are not completely confused by quantum mechanics, you do not understand it.” -John Wheeler Now that LIGO has detected gravitational waves directly, it’s time to examine all the different sources that they come from, and what they can teach us about the Universe. While accelerating masses in strong gravitational fields — black holes,…