atomic annihilation

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1959 … air defense and Chevy! by James Vaughan
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… Foxhole Pilot! by James Vaughan
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artist- Joe Kubert

I have kind of a retro sensibility. I like tall milkshakes, floofy skirts, and the pervasive overhanging threat of atomic annihilation.

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1927 … vroom! by James Vaughan

Love doesn’t grow; it breaks spines, it steals your money, it burns the soul, it drives people to MADNESS, GRIEF, SUICIDE. Love isn’t a dozen roses during your anniversary; it’s sharing stories with someone before sunrise and hoping you will steal a secret from them. Love will leave you crying, drunk and all alone for days while you go over every unselfish thing you’ve done in the name of love. Love won’t make you whole; it will annihilate every atom in your body that’s holding you against it.
—  love doesn’t grow
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Ask Ethan #72: The timeline of the Universe

“I am confused about the timeline of the Big Bang. When scientists talk about the beginning of the universe, the formation of the elements and the creation of galaxies, etc. they cite extremely specific time intervals in which these things occur… Where do they get these numbers? There is no way to have them be empirically confirmed, and yet they are given to extreme degrees of accuracy (and with confidence). How can scientists be so confident in these times, and where are the numbers coming from?”

The history of the Universe happened in a well-known order: inflation ends, matter wins out over antimatter, the electroweak symmetry breaks, antimatter annihilates away, atomic nuclei form, then neutral atoms, stars, galaxies, and eventually us. But scientists and science magazines often publish timelines of the Universe with incredibly precise times describing when these various events occur. Here’s how we arrive at those values, along with the rarely-publicized uncertainties.