There’s a lot of science news that comes out every day — far too much to adequately keep track of, especially since most of it turns out to be either redundant, wrong, or trivial. Once a week, I’m going to give you the most important physics and astrophysics stories in a 1 sentence summary with the most reputable (popular) link I can find. Some will be opinions, some rumors, and some simply things to look for in the sky.
You may note my rather liberal interpretation of “1 sentence”, but I’ll try to keep it brief and informative.
- The Mars Curiosity Rover is pre-announcing “big news” based on soil samples in early December (Organic compounds? Microbes? Microscopic Civilizations? Nobody knows, but yeah it’s probably organic compounds).
- The Spitzer Space Telescope has discovered a galaxy candidate at redshift of 11, the most distant object yet, and is a glimpse of when the universe was only 400 million years old.
- Speaking of which, it is not okay for politicians (I’m looking at you, Rubio) to say that the earth is 6,000 years old — it’s not.
- Though this could be used for the news in almost every week, Supersymmetry is looking less and less likely.
- And in the best crackpot email of the week, I’ve gotten a twofer: a promise to solve global warming (though he admittedly only sketches half the solution as to not be shafted from getting his due by history), and a theory on how mass works.
As I said, I’d like to make this a weekly thing, and the standards for inclusion are fairly high. If you think I’ve missed something genuinely important over the last week, comment about it below. If you have a suggestion for next week, email me.
Finally, as it’s Black (Hole) Friday, if you have an especially geeky loved one, might I remind you that a book makes a great present.