It’s been almost 5 months since my last post! A lot has happened, of course, in the scientific world since then. First, there’s the exciting announcement of the discovery of a particle whose properties are consistent with that of the Higgs boson. Then there’s the landing of NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars. Of course, here in… Read More Another Milestone…
Nicely done video giving a quick tour of the Universe, with clips taken mostly from the National Geographic documentary ‘Journey to the Edge of the Universe’. My personal favourite is the scene where the ‘camera’ flies directly into the jet of a quasar. Can you identify all the objects shown?
Here’s a good discussion on science and religion aired after the Curiosity episode ‘Did God Create the Universe’ featuring Stephen Hawking. It’s good to hear the ‘not-so-extremes’ having an intelligent discussion, instead of the tendency of mass media to highlight the fundamentalists on both sides of the divide.
Cost overruns in large-scale scientific projects occur more frequently than not, with NASA being one of the biggest culprits. The most recent high-profile casualty is of course the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). There are serious concerns that the entire project may be cancelled, after proposals for… Read More Have We Stopped Dreaming?
I’ve been wondering why no one bothered making a video demonstrating the science drivers for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) – and it’s about time someone did one. And someone has! Thanks to the people at the Swinburne Astrophysics and Supercomputing group, we now have a complementary science video to accompany the awe-inspiring SKA video.
Good to see some progress going on up North. Apparently all 6 antennas are up. 5 more have been added since the first dish was installed on site last summer. It will definitely look awesome when all 36 dishes are installed by 2013 (if all goes well). Can’t wait for the phased array feeds (PAFs) to be… Read More ASKAP Beta Construction Underway!
Science provides us with a compelling history of life on Earth as well as its origins, by piecing together clues from paleontology, genetics, and other biological sciences, and glueing them all together through Darwin’s theory of natural selection. On the other hand, modern physics and cosmology take us on a 13.7 billion year journey into… Read More Paths from Science towards God 5: A World in Process 1
What is life? Living beings were once thought to be composed of an entirely different substance from that of non-living things. However, we now know that both forms of entities are the same, at least at the molecular and atomic levels. Trees, rocks, cars, elephants, human beings – we are all made from the same… Read More Reflections in Cosmology 22: Life in the Universe
In comparison with its beginning, the end of the Universe has proven to be a much more challenging prospect for the task of reconciling science and theology. Science paints a very bleak picture of our universe – either it will cease to expand and collapse into another singularity (highly unlikely now, with the discovery of… Read More Reflections in Cosmology 21: Eschatology and the Death of the Universe
Cosmogeny (as opposed to Cosmogony in the previous post) is the study of the birth or creation of the universe, and has long been accepted as a domain of philosophy, mythology and theology. Nowadays however, scientific enquiry intrudes upon this once sacred turf, and may even have something to contribute. The universe is a unified… Read More Reflections in Cosmology 20: Cosmogeny and the Birth of the Universe