Thursday, June 28, 2007

Dark Energy Sucks. America Rocks.

There is over twice as much "Dark Energy" in the Universe as all the other stuff in the Universe put together. We can't see it, smell it, touch it, or sell it on Ebay - but it's either there, or else Einstein was a cotton-headed ninny-muggins.

The problem is that space should be expanding at an accelerating rate, but we observe that it isn't - so something weird ("X") must be sucking it together. Let X be "Dark Energy".

NASA are launching a set of probes to get to the bottom of the issue. Or maybe just to expose the next misleading layer. There's nothing a British blogger working his way through a Chinese takeaway can contribute to the debate - but boy am I glad that the American government is far-sighted enough to spend a few million taxpayers' dollar on such a worthwhile endeavour.

Like Josh says of America in "The West Wing" :-
"Everyone hates us ... We're the most dominant nation on earth. But too often the face of our economic superiority is a corporate imperialism, our technological dominance shown by Smart bombs and Predator drones. We could do something else. Something generous and uplifting for all humankind."
Thank you America.

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