Yep, Einstein was right. If you read the watered down consumer friendly version of the latest Hubble telescope discovery posted on AOL, it's all there. Einstein's theory about Dark Energy, which he decided was wrong, is actually right.
Apparently in 1998, "astronomers who were using supernova explosions to
gauge the expansion of the universe made a shocking observation. It
appeared that older supernovae, whose light had traveled a greater
distance across space to reach the Hubble telescope, were receding from
Earth more slowly than simple big-bang theory would predict. Nearby
supernovae were receding more quickly than expected. That could only be
true if some mysterious force were causing the expansion of the
universe to accelerate over time."
Now the Hubble has actual photographs that show this.
But, wait, here is my favorite quote from the story:
"Dark energy makes us nervous," said Sean Carroll, a theoretical
physicist at the California Institute of Technology who was not
involved in the supernova study. "It fits the data, but it's not what
we really expected."
Nervous? Whaddya mean, "nervous?"
. . .Dark energy could be some property of space itself, which is
what Einstein was thinking of when he proposed it. Or it could be
something akin to an electromagnetic field pushing on the universe. And
then there's the possibility that the whole thing is caused by some
hitherto undiscovered wrinkle in the laws of gravity.
A wrinkle in the laws of gravity? Estee Lauder makes a great cream for that.
I think I've discovered why so many scientists are men.
Particularly theoretical physicists, those guys who spend years
contemplating the possibilities of things, rather than the realities.
Someone else is doing their laundry, heating their food, raising their
kids, putting gas in their cars, finding the remote, and reminding them
to get a haircut, although Einstein looks like he never kept his
Forgive me for assuming that "someone else" is a woman, but why else
would there be such a dearth of females in scientific endeavors except
that somebody has to make the coffee. Not that in our post feminist
world she hasn't been encouraged to engage in abstract thinking when
her chores are done.
Even those double helix guys Watson and Crick say that a woman really
cracked the code before they did. She just didn't get the
credit. Neither did the babe who invented Mr. McCormick's reaper.
Edison was homeschooled by his mother while we're at it.
As far as I'm concerned men can have their fun wondering if the
universe is folding in on itself. I wouldn't trade one snot nosed
poopy diaper day for a chance to be at the top of their profession, or mine for that matter. I saw
the mountaintop and the view was better from the sandbox.