Physics

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The “God” Particle

Let’s talk about the God Particle. It strikes me that people refer to the Higgs boson as the “God particle” in the same way some call the iPhone the “Jesus phone”: with an almost pointed disregard for what such a prefix actually means. Considering the intensity of the culture wars, the popularity of the moniker…

Weird Stars!

What are stars? Despite their ubiquity in our universe, their praises often go unsung. A friend admitted to me once that he hadn’t realized — you know, really viscerally realized — that our sun was itself a star until he was in his twenties. From that moment forward, however, every glance at the night sky…

Terrifying Science News Roundup

A large part of my affection for science comes from the thrill of terror I get when a particularly insane piece of science news hits the presses. When an article begins with a sentence like, “there is something strange in the cosmic neighborhood,” or “all the black holes found so far in our universe may…

Stepping Into Hyperspace

I made this compilation of so-called “hyperspace” scenes from science-fiction movies last year with my friend, the artist and businessman Mike Merrill. Although the film was initially meant to be a catalog of these scenes, the finished product has an ambient, meditative effect that speaks to the power of the very idea of the hyperspace.…