The Higgs, The Guardians of the Galaxy, and Real Life DRAGONS

The past couple of weeks have been incredibly hectic for me, so I apologize for not posting something new earlier. But let’s recap what’s happened lately, shall we?

First, the physicists at CERN confirmed the existence of the Higgs Boson, (aka The God Particle). A lot of people will argue that the discovery makes no real difference. I am not one of those people. The announcement of the discovery was long anticipated and with it, our understanding of the world is more complete. You know what that leads to? More high-tech gadgets for you and me! If you’re unsure about what the Higgs is, then watch this:

Second, this past week was one of the biggest in the comic world with the San Diego Comic-Con in full swing. I’ve never been to the convention, but it is definitely on my bucket-list. Aside from the Game of Thrones panel, (which could have been better), the most interesting showcase this year had to be from Marvel. The comic book giant confirmed that a Guardians of the Galaxy movie will arrive in 2014. For anyone who doesn’t know, Guardians of the Galaxy is like Avengers in space. IN SPACE, PEOPLE! Given that it shares themes with my own book, The Dark Matter Chronicles, I am terribly excited for this to come out. Like, a kid who has eaten 3 pixie sticks and then washed it all down with a jug of kool-aid excited.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Marvel

And last but not least, I’ve recently learned that scientists in Indonesia discovered what appears to be a tiny dragon. That’s right. Tiny dragon. There is no confirmation on whether or not it breathes fire, guards wizarding banks, or answers to a Khaleesi. If we’re being realistic though, it’s actually a species of gliding lizard. But screw reality! I’m counting on evolution to be awesome and turn them into the badasses they are in books and movies. Sooner rather than later please. Thanks science!


“If You Only Knew the Power of the Dark Side” (of Matter)

The concept of dark matter plays a significant role in the novel, (although you could probably tell that from the title of my book).  For the sake of fiction, I interpreted dark matter as the particles that give the Arcana their abilities.  I got the idea from an article in Scientific American that said that dark matter could potentially allows us to harness warp speed.  And with that, the Arcana’s abilities to lapse, (move from one part of space to another using worm holes), was born.  *Cue evil genius laugh* Yes, I do laugh often and maniacally.

In reality, we know very little about what dark matter is.  Here’s what we do know:

  • It’s a type of particle
  • It’s invisible (it doesn’t emit or scatter light like the matter that makes up our world)
  • 80% of the matter in the universe is dark matter
  • We can detect the gravitational effects it has within galaxies, so we do know that it exists (those crazy scientists aren’t making it up)

If you’re looking for an interesting take on it, here’s a 2 minute video of theoretical physicist Michio Kaku talking about dark matter and parallel universes: