December 23, 2012 New research takes on the question: "Are you a simulation?" It's a question some, including commentator Adam Frank, enjoy with a sense of humor. Others aren't sure they even want to now the answer.
December 12, 2012 Our universe is fading away, at least when it comes to how many stars are being made. Its age of splendor long gone, we take solace in knowing that we are here to witness what remains.
December 5, 2012 Can scientists create universes in the lab? Although that may not be possible, physicists can recreate the young universe in high energy particle collisions. Recent results indicate that the young universe may be stranger than anticipated.
October 10, 2012 In this idealized dialogue between faith and science, some of the most entrenched reasons for the common split are explored. Science insists in the reality of things, faith doesn't. Science measures, faith believes. How to deal with the origin of the universe?
September 26, 2012 The notion that the Big Bang is like an exploding bomb is completely wrong. But what, then, lies beyond the edge of space? Can we ever know whether the Universe is infinite?
September 19, 2012 The multiverse is supposed to be the mother of our Universe, and a multitude of others. But can we ever be sure of its existence? And if we can't, is this science?
September 11, 2012 In images of a universe much larger than the scale of human malice there is a freedom we can always return to for at least a few breaths.
September 10, 2012 New results from research by the University of Maryland and the Tokyo Institute of Tecnnology indicate that our solar system may, in fact, be quite unusual.
July 10, 2012 Have we heard from ET? Even if we did, that doesn't tell us anything about UFOs. Still, it can't hurt to try and talk to them, right? Commentator Adam Frank share his message for beings from beyond our Earth.
July 3, 2012 Two videos with lessons on our collective history and the meaning of life.
June 19, 2012 For that one moment all the meaning and concern I schlep from one day to the next just evaporated before my small place in this very big galaxy.
June 12, 2012 The sky is really, really scary. It's full of explosions, collisions and deadly cosmic rays. It's full of good reasons to develop a healthy dose of existential dread, something NYT columnist Maureen Dowd can relate to.
April 21, 2012 A survey of the sky fails to find signs of Dark Matter, a totally unexpected result. If the observations stand up to scrutiny, our understanding of the universe could shift significantly.
March 20, 2012 It wasn't long ago that we thought expansion of the universe was slowing down. Whoops! Science then identified Dark Energy as a force acting against deceleration. The discovery upended cosmology almost overnight.
March 13, 2012 The things we can see in the universe are moving faster than they should be. Why? Is the answer Dark Matter, or a physics we're not yet aware of? Science has made its choice. Only time will tell if the consensus was correct.