What the World’s Largest Dump Truck Can Tell Us About the Physics of the Sun

Behold the mighty Liebherr T 282B dump truck! It is one of the two or three largest dump trucks in production. By many measures, it’s the largest dump truck in the world.  The Leibherr T 282B  is 14.55 metter long (48 feet), 8.7 meters wide (29 feet) and stands 7.4 meters tall—a towering 24 feet! … Continue reading

The Solar Dynamics Observatory-A “Hubble Telescope” for the Sun

You won’t want to miss these fantastic solar images from the new Solar Dynamics Observatory.  The movies at the NASA Science News site are simply incredible, and well-worth the download time! At a press conference today in Washington DC, researchers unveiled “First Light” images from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, a space telescope designed to study … Continue reading

How scientists brought the power of the Sun to Earth

The super-amplified light impacts the target area with an intensity and ferocity only found in the hottest places in the universe. Imagine 500 times the energy of the entire United States being used at any given moment focused on a target smaller than a pinhead! In a few billionths of a second, the target reaches … Continue reading

Discover Interview: Roger Penrose Says Physics Is Wrong, From String Theory to Quantum Mechanics

Click to read: Discover Interview: Roger Penrose Says Physics Is Wrong, From String Theory to Quantum Mechanics One of the greatest thinkers in physics says the human brain—and the universe itself—must function according to some theory we haven’t yet discovered. by Susan Kruglinski; photography by Oliver Chanarin “Roger Penrose could easily be excused for having … Continue reading

Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot

Astronomer and scientist Carl Sagan is one of my favorite science writers. I also consider him a hero. Few people have done as much to spark public interest in the wonders of science. Few fought more bravely or openly against the ignorance and bigotry that have hindered the advance of science since its beginnings. I’ll … Continue reading