Physics

Cosmologists Cast Doubt on Inflation Evidence

by Jason Major March 24, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter 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 […]

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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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NOvA Experiment Nabs Its First Neutrinos

by Jason Major February 15, 2014

Neutrinos are some of the most abundant, curious, and elusive critters in particle physics. Incredibly lightweight — nigh massless, according to the Standard Model — as well as chargeless, they zip around the Universe at the speed of light and they don’t interact with any other particles. Some of them have been around since the […]

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