The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent to the concerns of such creatures as we. -Sagan.
Allow me to correct this meme by replacing the condescending word "stupidity" with the much more appropriate “ignorance.”
"Dark Matter Might Not Exist"
This past 4th of July 2013, a European team of astronomers led by Hongsheng Zhao of the SUPA Centre of Gravity at the University of St Andrews presented a radical new theory at the RAS National Astronomy Meeting in St Andrews. Their theory suggested that the Milky Way and Anromeda galaxies collided some 10 billion years ago and that our understanding of gravity is fundamentally wrong. Remarkably, this would neatly explain the observed structure of the two galaxies and their satellites.
In 2009, Zhao led An international team of astronomers that found an unexpected link between ‘dark matter’ and the visible stars and gas in galaxies that could revolutionize our current understanding of gravity. Zhao suggested that an unknown force is acting on dark matter.
The team believes that the interactions between dark and ordinary matter could be more important and more complex than previously thought, and even speculate that dark matter might not exist and that the anomalous motions of stars in galaxies are due to a modification of gravity on extragalactic scales.
A peek into the evolution of a beloved passage.
Read more. [Image: NASA]
For those of you who may have forgotten, haven’t been made aware, or are giddy with excitement regarding the pending outcome…TODAY, Bill Nye (The Science Guy) and Ken Ham (The Creationist Guy) will be dare-I-say “debating” the topic of - well, what else? - CREATION. More specifically, origins regarding Evolution by Natural Selection (otherwise known as Evolutionary Biology, aka Life Science against the pseudo-intellectual debacle that is Creationism, as Ken Ham is the President/CEO/Founder of Answers In Genesis and the Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY.
Aptly (and confusingly) titled "Is Creation A Viable Model Of Origins?", the event is taking place at none other than the Creation Museum’s Legacy Hall at 7pm.
I understand that everyone seems to have conflicting opinions on this, so I invite you to watch Hemant Mehta’s “11 Tips For Bill” which should muffle your worries a bit. During moments such as these…
Just keep in mind…
As for my own opinion on this….pseudoscience and religious fundamentalism should be dragged out into the public square and debated rigorously for all to see. “Debates” such as these are not unique or unfamiliar throughout human history. Galileo Galilei was not only branded a heretic for sharing his inventions and discoveries with the public, he was viewed as “arrogant” by the Holy Office of the Inquisition throughout the 1500’s-1600’s when he would communicate science openly, such as his experiments regarding inclined planes and his most famous: the demonstration of how bodies fall via gravity from the Leaning Tower of Pisa, which led to NASA Commander David Scott replicating the experiment 382 years later during the Apollo 15 mission…on the moon.
After astronaut David Scott performed the experiment on the moon successfully, he said, "that proves Mr. Galileo was correct in his findings."
Galileo at the Leaning Pisa tower proving “equal rates of acceleration of free falling objects” [source]
Galileo didn’t just perform this experiment for fun. Or for science. He did this publicly to mock (and put to rest) those who stood by the teachings of Aristotle, who claimed the objects were similar in substance to the ground, due to his infatuation with the supposed “basic” elements: earth, air, fire, and water. Through Galileo, we learned of the frictional forces involved with inertia, and that Copernicus was right - the Earth was just another planet, and the forces (laws of nature) which govern us on Earth also govern the heavens.
No such difference is there between publicly exposing Creationism and its failings for what it is.
"It vexes me when they would constrain science by the authority of the Scriptures, and yet do not consider themselves bound to answer reason and experiment."
- Galileo Galilei
So yeah…tune in (or not) to the live-streamed event: “rumble in the scientifically illiterate jungle.”.
Great Minds: Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci was one of the most diversely talented individuals of all time. His “unquenchable curiosity” led him to make discoveries and inventions that were beyond his time, not to mention his numerous artistic masterpieces. Today on SciShow, Hank takes us into the mind of this Renaissance Man and explores some of his many contributions to the world.
“The particles that make up light, photons, may live for at least 1 quintillion (1 billion multiplied by 1 billion) years, new research suggests.
If photons can die, they could give off particles that travel faster than light.”