October 3, 2006

How does a mass create gravity?

Every mass—be it an apple or the sun—distorts space and time, explains Physics and Astronomy professor Serge Rudaz. Gravity, he says, is the manifestation of that distortion.

It’s taken centuries for scientists to fit together the pieces of the gravity puzzle, Rudaz says. In the 17th Century Galileo Galilei put the first piece in place when he discovered that, if you take air resistance out of the equation, all objects fall at the same rate.

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September 27, 2006

What are the chances of intelligent life in outer space?

The odds are “definitely not zero? and are potentially quite high, according to University astronomy professor Charles “Chick? Woodward. Additionally, the odds are on the rise, he says, as scientists apply new information to an equation developed in the 1960s to answer just this question.

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What was going on around here before the Big Bang?

This oft-posed question is somewhat nonsensical to Big Bang theorists, says Big Bang expert Keith Olive. That’s because, according to their scientific analysis, the Big Bang was the event that created both space and time. Therefore, there was no “around here? and no “before? until the Big Bang occurred.

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September 19, 2006

Will solid matter ever be able to travel at the speed of light?

Solid matter will never travel at the speed of light, according to University physics professor Keith Olive.

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