A fresh look at some of the biggest challenges in physics. The theory of "Spase" Rigidity and Atomic Contraction provides a readily understandable mechanism for action at a distance-unifying the forces of gravity and electromagnetism and showing the influence of one on the other. It also offers a framework for understanding dark energy. Gravity and dark energy function at both the cosmic and microscopic levels, and this new theory shows why gravity is incapable of reversing the accelerated expansion of the universe caused by dark energy. The revolutionary theory of "Spase" Rigidity and Atomic Contraction also explains gravitational lensing, gravitational red shift, the "relativistic" doppler effect, and the behavior of atomic clocks in orbit as in the GPS. In addition, it provides a physical basis for inertia and shows why inertial mass and gravitational mass are not the same. Finally, the reader will gain a novel and fascinating understanding of gravitational potential energy, kinetic energy, and momentum.