I always thought it was 42… Turns out it’s 137!

Guest “forty-two”  “one-thirty-seven” by David Middleton For those unfamiliar with Douglas Adams, this won’t help… Why the number 137 is one of the greatest mysteries in physics Famous physicists like Richard Feynman think 137 holds the answers to the Universe. PAUL RATNER 31 October, 2018 The fine structure constant has mystified scientists since the 1800s. The number 1/137 might hold the…

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Vaporizing the Earth

From Washington University in St. Louis, and in honor of melted globe week, here’s one more thing for weepy Bill McKibben to worry about. In science fiction novels, evil overlords and hostile aliens often threaten to vaporize the Earth. At the beginning of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, the officiously bureaucratic aliens called Vogons,…