In recent days I’ve had some interesting conversations. There’s a giddiness going around, related to an outpouring of science love – the kind you get from President Obama introducing TV science shows, the kind that has wonderful visuals, but is, well, a wee bit simplistic (a sin that none of us could ever, ever be [...]..
Any good space opera needs to take place in a version of reality that, although not necessarily scientifically accurate, at least makes some kind of sense
A simple thought experiment that will shock the socks off you
Even the Earth – sun system radiates gravitational waves, but just how powerful are they?...
Our species just stepped into a cosmic future, yet we still starve and fight each other
Few people were as thrilled with the big physics news today as physicist Andrei Linde. One of the main authors of inflation theory--the idea that the universe expanded incredibly rapidly just after it was born in the big bang--Linde has reason to be excited...
It's not what you're probably thinking
Ever feel that broadcast TV fails to tackle the big issues? I don’t mean the state of the economy, healthcare, the future of clean energy, or what B-list celebrities had for breakfast – I mean the Really Big Issues...
Reality as we know it spans 63 orders of magnitude in scale, and now all of that is in one book
Cosmologists are closing in on the ultimate processes that created and shaped the universe
This is the story of the evolution of life on earth during one photon’s journey across the universe. Told by Saul Perlmutter who shared the 2011 Nobel Prize in physics for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe...
Superclusters – regions of space that are densely packed with galaxies – are the biggest structures in the Universe. But where does one end and another begin? And where are we in the picture?...
An unusual question raises an intriguing idea. At a party a few nights ago a friend approached me with a dilemma. A relative of theirs had died, and the spouse was trying to understand if it was at all possible that there was still ‘something’ of their partner in existence; a tangible part of their [...]..
The answer is a little more complicated than you might expect
Tis the season for science fiction fun, but could we even tell if the universe around us was filled with galactic empires and rebel forces?
…living in a place that makes doing cosmology hard. Let’s backtrack a little. Unless you’ve been living under a particularly thick and insulating rock you’ll know that in recent months the world of experimental cosmology (what would have previously been called observational cosmology, or just plain old astronomy) has been on tenterhooks waiting to see [...]..
Guess what these images are and earn your stripes as a cosmic sightseer
A successful simulation lends weight to the standard model of cosmology