First Precise Measurement of Antihydrogen

by Shannon Hall June 5, 2014

The best science — the questions that capture and compel any human being — is enshrouded in mystery. Here’s an example: scientists expect that matter and antimatter were created in equal quantities shortly after the Big Bang. If this had been the case, the two types of particles would have annihilated each other, leaving a […]

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Cosmologists Cast Doubt on Inflation Evidence

by Jason Major March 24, 2014

It was just a week ago that the news blew through the scientific world like a storm: researchers from the BICEP2 project at the South Pole Telescope had detected unambiguous evidence of primordial gravitational waves in the cosmic microwave background, the residual rippling of space and time created by the sudden inflation of the Universe […]

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That Moment When the “Father of Inflation” Learns of the Detection of Gravitational Waves

by Nancy Atkinson March 17, 2014

Andrei Linde, a professor in the Department of Physics at Stanford University, is one of the main authors of the inflationary universe theory, that the universe underwent a brief but remarkably accelerated expansion immediately following the Big Bang. Today, scientists announced that they’ve found direct evidence of primordial gravitational waves, which would provide a “smoking […]

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Rumors Flying Nearly as Fast as Their Subject: Have Gravitational Waves Been Detected?

by Shannon Hall March 16, 2014

Last week the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) stated rather nonchalantly that they will be hosting a press conference on Monday, March 17th, to announce a “major discovery.” Without a potential topic for journalists to muse on, this was as melodramatic as it got. But then the Guardian posted an article on the subject and […]

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Does Free Will Exist? Ancient Quasars May Hold the Clue.

by Jason Major February 25, 2014

Do you believe in free will? Are people able to decide their own destinies, whether it’s on what continent they’ll live, who or if they’ll marry, or just where they’ll get lunch today? Or are we just the unwitting pawns of some greater cosmic mechanism at work, ticking away the seconds and steering everyone and […]

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