Missing Mass: No WIMPs Here. Try ADMX?


WC has written before about the two mysteries confronting astrophysics: dark matter and dark energy. It turns out that visible matter – the stuff we can detect with existing astronomy equipment – accounts for only about 5% of the apparent mass of the universe. The other, missing mass is a mix of dark matter –…

Playing Jenga™ with Our Survival


Have you ever played Jenga™? Players take turns removing wooden blocks at a time from a tower constructed of 54 blocks. Each block removed is then placed on top of the tower, creating a progressively taller and more unstable structure. You win by being the last person to remove a block without collapsing the tower. You…

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, Issuing a Fatwah

Watching Secretary Zinke Sabotage Science


WC didn’t think that his opinion of Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke could sink lower. Wrong. On December 28, 2017, Zinke, through Ass’t Secretary Scott Cameron, issued a fatwah that all Department of the Inerior Grants for more than $50,000 – every meaningful grant – will be screened by a bureaucrat named Steve Howke…

The Trial of Galileo, Church Inquisition Court, Rome, February 1633, by Ljubo Vujovic

3,500 and Counting


  In 1633, Galileo Galilei was found guilty of heresy and sentenced to house arrest for the remainder of his life for asserting heliocentricity, for suggesting the Christian Bible was wrong when it implied the sun orbited the earth.1 Less than 400 years later, we know that our sun is just one of perhaps 400 billion…

30 Doradus in the X-Ray Spectrum (a/k/a The Tarantula Nebula)

What’s Going On in 30 Doradus?


For astronomers, the Milky Way, our local galaxy, can be a bit of a disappointment. Most of the stars it currently produces are red M-dwarfs. With masses less than half that of the Sun, these stars will burn fuel contentedly for a couple of trillion years and then gradually fade. Boring. Really massive stars, with…