The Best of Starts With A Bang: Top 10 for 2011

Starts With a Bang is my favourite science blog. Ethan does a great job of spelling out, in (literally) graphic detail, all sorts of difficult but fundamental topics. He’s very prolific and funny, too.

Here are his top 10 science stories of the year, as described on his blog:

  1. We Think Our Universe is Just One Tiny Bit of a Multiverse.
  2. How the Entire Universe Could Have Come From Nothing, to Give Us Everything!
  3. The First Atoms ever Formed in the Universe: Found, Direct from the Big Bang!
  4. The James Webb Space TelescopeSaved from the Brink of Termination.
  5. The Smallest Mini-Galaxy in the Universe: its Discovery and its Dark Matter.
  6. Why Claims of Cold Fusion Don’t Stand Up to Science.
  7. The Closest Supernova to us in a Generation.
  8. The Saga of Faster-Than-Light Neutrinos: Are They Real?
  9. The First Earth-like Exoplanets: Habitability and Size-wise.
  10. The Large Hadron Collider’s First Evidence for the Higgs.

Quantum mechanics: maybe there are no “many worlds”, maybe it’s decoherence

There’s a nifty quantum mechanics bitchfight difference of opinion going on at Uncertain Principles. Read the comments.

This decoherence approach is not one that I’d reach about before, but I like it. I must admit that the “many worlds” notion always seemed to me more like a comfortable notion that we could get our heads around rather than a genuine interpretation about what might be happening.

Sciblog complete

Good final session, and a few goodbye drinks, and Science Blogging 2008 is over. It was a good day. It’s true that much of what was discussed was about how hardcore scientists deal with (or don’t) blogging. Some was about communication with the public, though. And met some good folks, too.