TOPPING THE STAR CHARTS

In 1977, a recording of “Liu Shui” (流水; Stream), as performed by Guan, was chosen to be included in the Voyager Golden Record, a gold-plated LP recording containing music from around the world, which was sent into outer space by NASA on the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft. It is the longest excerpt included on the disc (lasting seven minutes and […]

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POOR REFLECTION

POOR REFLECTION   If we find life a few light-years from here, and it turns out that that life’s multi-celled and that it is intelligent, I fear they’ll still be dumb, and hope will be dispelled. What if they’re even stupider than us – some ancient culture that never evolved – no bronze age, their […]

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LONG-RANGE PLAN

  LONG-RANGE PLAN Another Earth, just twelve light years away, was found in our space telescopes today! Though what it looks like we can’t really say, we’re pretty sure that liquid water may exist upon its surface anyway. We can infer water’s liquidity due to its “Goldilocks” vicinity discerned through Einstein’s relativity, duration of periodicity […]

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EQUIVALENCE PRINCIPLES

Further inspired by Robert Frost’s form, this poem touches on the very sensitive membrane of a black hole, where although we know physics breaks down, we hope its laws will nonetheless point the way through the chaos of infinities we encounter at a singularity’s boundary.  But what happens when things accelerate into a black hole, […]

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RIP or CRUNCH

RIP OR CRUNCH Most think the universe will Rip, some few think Crunch. Dark Energy is gaining grip. It’s most unlikely things will flip. Gravity’s always lacked the punch to stop the matter expanding, but whether it goes crunch or rip, there’s no such thing as a free lunch.   Many should recognize this as […]

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UNABLE TO PULL IT TOGETHER

UNABLE TO PULL IT TOGETHER   No particle known is unaffected by gravity’s inexorable force, but, perhaps it was not yet perfected at the Big Bang, which was everything’s source. The entire mass of the Universe lacked the density to form a black hole but instead expanded, which seems perverse, as though gravity failed to […]

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THE UNIVERSE IS IN PERFECT HEALTH

THE UNIVERSE IS IN PERFECT HEALTH A team of international scientists used several of the world’s most powerful telescopes to perform the most comprehensive assessment of the energy output in the nearby universe, concluding that today’s produced energy is only about half of what it was two billion years-ago and prompting claims that the universe […]

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SECLUSION PRINCIPLE

SECLUSION PRINCIPLE We live within a universe so vast we never will perceive its full extent. Because there are horizons that are past the span light can speed in the firmament, parts of the cosmos will be forever beyond possible communication. As fast as light, we’ll still reach them never, for they have greater acceleration. […]

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