Why this ASTROSAT instrument could be a game-changer for high-energy astrophysics

A Swift Observatory image of the luminous afterglow of the gamma-ray burst 080319B in X-rays (left) and optical/ultraviolet (right). This burst was the brightest such ever recorded. Caption and image credit: Wikimedia Commons

Between them, NASA's Swift and NuSTAR telescopes have a blindspot that the CZTI instrument can efficiently bridge

Is the universe as we know it stable?

The anthropic principle has been a cornerstone of fundamental physics, being used by some physicists to console themselves about why the universe is the way it is: tightly sandwiched between two dangerous states. If the laws and equations that define it had slipped during its formation just one way or the other in their properties,…

An app for dissent in the 21st century

“Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being.” These words belong to the French philosopher Albert Camus, from his essay The Rebel (1951). The persistence of that appeal is rooted in our ease of access to it – as the holders of rights, as participants of democracies, as able workers, as…