Where Does Matter Come From?

“[S]ome variation of that is almost definitely where the matter-antimatter asymmetry came from, and why every place in the Universe appears to have the same density of matter (and not antimatter) no matter where we look!” Ethan Siegel of Starts with a Bang writes. Read his article in full.

Ottawa Gunman Was Recent Convert to Islam

“Although Canadian police have not released the name of the Ottawa shooter, on Wednesday afternoon US sources leaked that the suspect’s name is Michael Zehaf Bibeau, a 32-year-old Canadian who was a recent convert to Islam,” Tristin Hopper and Meghan Hurley report.

BBC News lists some key points of event from yesterday’s shooting:

  • There have been two shooting incidents in Ottawa—at the National War Memorial and inside parliament
  • A soldier guarding the war memorial was shot and later died of his injuries
  • A gunman has been killed in the parliament building, it is not clear if other gunmen are at large
  • Several buildings are on lockdown and residents have been told to stay away from windows and roofs
  • PM Stephen Harper says “Canada will never be intimidated” and will “redouble our efforts” in fighting terrorist groups

This Is Not a Pipe


Rene Magritte’s (1898–1967) classic painting Ceci n’est pas une pipe (1928–1929). I love it.

Britain’s Labour Party Sharpens Europe Strategy

“I want to make the hard-headed, patriotic case for both Britain in Europe and for change in Europe so that it works for working people,” Pat McFadden, Labour’s new shadow Europe minister, the Guardian reports. Sound very promising.