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  • The Multiverse Problem

    04/11/2009 9:31:41 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 13 replies · 1,047+ views
    Seed Magazine ^ | 3/30/09 | Nathan Schneider
    Is theoretical physics becoming the next battleground in the culture wars? Not according to some theologians and scientists.People have long sought after a theory of everything, even when they had nothing but their five senses as tools of measurement. In the 6th century BCE Thales asserted that all matter is made of water; Anaximenes responded that it’s all air. Parmenides a century later concluded with exacting proofs that everything we see is an illusion and that reality really consists of a single, unchanging sphere. Today, scientists are once again looking beyond the pale of measurable time and space to answer...
  • Early Large Galaxies Stun Cosmologists

    04/03/2009 8:32:37 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 27 replies · 1,170+ views
    CEH ^ | April 2, 2009
    Early Large Galaxies Stun CosmologistsApril 02, 2009 ó Cosmology has a kind of Cambrian Explosion of its own to grapple with.† Contrary to expectations, some of the earliest galaxies appear as large as current ones, if not larger.† Astronomers, using the Subaru telescope in Hawaii, examined five galaxy clusters with ages estimated at 5 billion years after the Big Bang.† Statements in a report on this study in Nature News make it sound revolutionary: The findings could overturn existing models for the formation and evolution of galaxies that predict their slow and steady growth through mergers. They calculated the mass...
  • Does Dark Energy Really Exist?: Or does Earth occupy a very unusual place in the universe? (LOL!)

    03/29/2009 6:32:33 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 74 replies · 2,881+ views
    Scientific American ^ | March 2009 | Timothy Clifton and Pedro G. Ferreira
    Does Dark Energy Really Exist? Or does Earth occupy a very unusual place in the universe? Scientific American, March 2009 By Timothy Clifton and Pedro G. Ferreira ... Most of us are very familiar with the idea that our planet is nothing more than a tiny speck orbiting a typical star, somewhere near the edge of an otherwise unnoteworthy galaxy. In the midst of a universe populated by billions of galaxies that stretch out to our cosmic horizon, we are led to believe that there is nothing special or unique about our location. But what is the evidence for this...
  • Physicist Receives Million-Pound Prize for Predicting a 'Hypercosmic God'

    03/24/2009 1:45:20 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 61 replies · 1,767+ views
    ICR ^ | March 24, 2009 | Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D.
    On March 16, 2009, the Templeton Foundation announced the winner of its annual 1 million pound sterling (1.42 million USD) prize, an amount that exceeds the payoff of the prestigious Nobel Prize...Dr. díEspagnat was awarded the prize for his work using theoretical physics to predict the reality of a hypercosmic god, who exists outside of the physical universe...
  • Contradictions: Underneath a Solid Sky (Does Genesis 1 teach the sky was solid?)

    03/09/2009 3:50:09 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 140 replies · 1,597+ views
    AiG ^ | March 9, 2009 | Gary Vaterlaus
    Critics of the Bible have often said that the writings of Genesis reflect an ďunscientific viewĒ of the universeóone that reflected the cosmology of the ancient world. One of these criticisms centers on the Hebrew word raqia used in the creation account of Genesis 1. Several Bible versions, such as the New King James, translate this word as firmament: Genesis 1:6Ė8, NJKV Then God said, ďLet there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.Ē Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from...
  • Godís Mighty Expanse (ever wonder what the BIBLE says about COSMOLOGY?)

    02/25/2009 6:52:31 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 66 replies · 1,679+ views
    CMI ^ | 26 February 2009 | D. Russell Humphreys, Ph.D.
    Godís mighty expanse by D. Russell HumphreysPublished: 26 February 2009(GMT+10) Psalm 150:1, the first verse of the last psalm, contains a phrase that has always intrigued me: Ö Praise Him in his mighty expanse. (NAS), orÖ praise him in the firmament of his power. (KJV) God made the expanse (firmament) on the second day and called it ďheavensĒ (Genesis 1:8, plural from literal Hebrew). Later, on the fourth day, He populated the expanse with the sun, moon and stars (Genesis 1:14-19). So the expanse is not the heavenly bodies, but rather the space that contains the heavenly bodies. Normally people...
  • Evidence for Inflation, or Inflating the Evidence? (cosmological craziness gets even crazier)

    02/25/2009 8:38:18 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 10 replies · 575+ views
    CEH ^ | February 25, 2009
    Evidence for Inflation, or Inflating the Evidence? Feb 24, 2009 ó Cosmic inflation has become an accepted truth in cosmology, but its appeal is primarily philosophical and theoretical. Something as weird as a universe jumping 26 orders of magnitude in size in one trillion trillion trillionth of a second (see 02/21/2005) should raise eyebrows in any scientific circle. Is there any evidence for it?...
  • Astronomers Detect First Split-Second of the Universe (WMAP & CMB)

    03/16/2006 6:35:03 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 74 replies · 1,721+ views on yahoo ^ | 3/16/06 | Ker Than
    Scientists announced today new evidence supporting the theory that the infant universe expanded from subatomic to astronomical size in a fraction of a second after its birth. The finding is based on new results from NASA's Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) satellite, launched in 2001 to measure the temperature of radiant heat left over from the Big Bang, which is the theoretical beginning to the universe. This radiation is known as the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), and it is the oldest light in the universe. Using WMAP data, researchers announced in 2003 that they had pieced together a very detailed...
  • NASA Satellite Glimpses Universe's First Trillionth of a Second ~ ... Rapid Expansion Confirmed

    03/16/2006 8:42:47 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies · 516+ views
    NASA ^ | March 16, 2006 | NASA
    Grey Hautaluoma Headquarters, Washington (202) 358-0668 Susan Hendrix Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. (301) 286-7745 March 16, 2006 RELEASE: 06-097 NASA Satellite Glimpses Universe's First Trillionth of a Second Scientists peering back to the oldest light in the universe have new evidence to support the concept of inflation. The concept poses the universe expanded many trillion times its size in less than a trillionth of a second at the outset of the big bang. This finding, made with NASA's Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP), is based on three years of continuous observations of the cosmic microwave background (CMB), the...
  • Questioning the Big Bang

    08/01/2006 1:46:48 PM PDT · by Sopater · 10 replies · 576+ views
    Science & Theology News ^ | August 1, 2006 | William Orem
    A handful of researchers posit an alternative theory of origin ¬ó the universe has no beginning Many, if not most, people assume that certain aspects of nature‚Äôs workings are absolutely known. Outside of intelligent design circles, no modern biologist doubts the theory of evolution by natural selection; it is too well established by harmonious data across a multiplicity of fields. No credible doctor questions the germ theory of disease. And, one might think, no serious cosmologist disagrees with the standard cosmological model. The SCM is the official designation of what is informally called ‚Äúthe big bang‚ÄĚ: that relatively recent but...
  • Creationist cosmologies explain the anomalous acceleration of Pioneer spacecraft

    01/30/2009 5:47:13 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 53 replies · 1,665+ views
    CMI ^ | Dr. Russell Humphreys
    Creationist cosmologies explain the anomalous acceleration of Pioneer spacecraft by D. Russell Humphreys A broad class of creationist cosmologies offer an explanation for the ĎPioneer effectí, an apparent small Sunward anomalous acceleration of the Pioneer 10 and 11 spacecraft. If a large volume of empty space surrounds the matter of the cosmos, so that the cosmos can have a centre of mass, then the matter is in a deep gravitational potential Ďwellí. If space is expanding and spreading the matter outward, then the depth of the well is decreasing. According to general relativity, especially a new solution of Einsteinís equations...
  • Who is the woman buried beside Galileo?

    01/24/2009 4:51:38 PM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 69 replies · 1,586+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 01/24/2009 | John Hooper
    WHEN he was buried - at the insistence of the Catholic Church in unconsecrated ground - Galileo Galilei left behind at least two conundrums: how could a man with impaired eyesight have made the observations that revolutionised astronomy; and did his faulty vision alter what he saw and recorded? When his body was moved to the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, some 100 years later on the initiative of local freemasons, it gave rise to a third riddle: who was the woman found buried alongside him? Scientists are planning now to solve all three questions with the help of...
  • A Brief History of Intolerance in Modern Cosmology

    01/23/2009 8:11:29 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 57 replies · 603+ views
    AiG ^ | January 21, 2009 | Dr. Jerry Bergman
    A Brief History of Intolerance in Modern Cosmology by Dr. Jerry Bergman January 21, 2009 Abstract A review of some recent well-documented cases of intolerance in the cosmology field illustrates a common problem in science. Many relate to the Big Bang theory, such as the case of Geoffrey and Margaret Burbidge and Halton Arp. None of the accounts involved Intelligent Design advocates or creationists. This selection removes this compounding factor from the evaluation, but the cases have direct relevance to both Intelligent Design and creationism because both groups face the same resistance. It was concluded that it is critical for...
  • Our world may be a giant hologram

    01/18/2009 4:47:55 PM PST · by Crimson Elephant · 54 replies · 2,350+ views
    New Scientist ^ | January 15th, 2009 | Marcus Chown
    DRIVING through the countryside south of Hanover, it would be easy to miss the GEO600 experiment. From the outside, it doesn't look much: in the corner of a field stands an assortment of boxy temporary buildings, from which two long trenches emerge, at a right angle to each other, covered with corrugated iron. Underneath the metal sheets, however, lies a detector that stretches for 600 metres. For the past seven years, this German set-up has been looking for gravitational waves - ripples in space-time thrown off by super-dense astronomical objects such as neutron stars and black holes. GEO600 has not...
  • 11 Billion Year-Old Massive Gamma Ray Burst Recorded (2 to 3 times older than our planet)

    01/12/2009 1:19:53 PM PST · by Red Badger · 42 replies · 1,399+ views ^ | 1-10-2010 | Staff
    The UWA Zadko Telescope, owned by the University of Western Australia, was the first one in the world to capture the massive Universe event that saw a giant star collapsing into a black hole and emitting a massive gamma ray burst , fortunately for us in a very distant galaxy. The emission is believed to be about 11 billion years old, and is visible only now because of the time the light needed in order to travel from the site of the collapse to our planet. Australian astronomers say that, if such an explosion were to happen in a place...
  • Starlight and timeóa further breakthrough (Young Earth, Old Universe No Longer in Conflict)

    01/05/2009 10:01:00 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 199 replies · 3,490+ views
    CMI ^ | Carl Wieland
    A stunning new book by a physics professor purports to show more firmly than ever how light from the most distant stars would have reached Earth in a very short time....
  • Did our cosmos exist before the big bang?

    12/12/2008 3:08:09 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 33 replies · 2,660+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 12/10/08 | Anil Ananthaswamy
    ABHAY ASHTEKAR remembers his reaction the first time he saw the universe bounce. "I was taken aback," he says. He was watching a simulation of the universe rewind towards the big bang. Mostly the universe behaved as expected, becoming smaller and denser as the galaxies converged. But then, instead of reaching the big bang "singularity", the universe bounced and started expanding again. What on earth was happening? Ashtekar wanted to be sure of what he was seeing, so he asked his colleagues to sit on the result for six months before publishing it in 2006. And no wonder. The theory...
  • Cosmologists Taste the Forbidden Fruit

    12/09/2008 4:15:41 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 40 replies · 1,713+ views
    CEH ^ | December 5, 2008
    Everyone agrees: our universe appears fine-tuned for human existence. You have two choices: it was designed by God, or there is a multiverse (other universes we cannot detect). Amanda Gefter is unhappy with that choice. In New Scientist, she asked, why canít we have more options?...
  • God or a multiverse?

    12/08/2008 11:56:24 AM PST · by Soliton · 169 replies · 1,830+ views
    Guardian ^ | December 8 2008 | Mark Vernon
    Is there a God or a multiverse? Does modern cosmology force us to choose? Is it the case that the apparent fine-tuning of constants and forces to make the universe just right for life means there is either a need for a "tuner" or else a cosmos in which every possible variation of these constants and forces exists somewhere? This choice has provoked anxious comment in the pages of this week's New Scientist. It follows an article in Discover magazine, in which science writer Tim Folger quoted cosmologist Bernard Carr: "If you don't want God, you'd better have a multiverse."...
  • ĎCosmology is not even astrophysicsí ("biblical big picture is far more believable than...Big Bang")

    12/04/2008 12:25:24 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 359 replies · 2,975+ views
    CMI ^ | December 3, 2008 | John G. Hartnett, Ph.D.
    The fact is that the history of the universe cannot be determined from a model which cannot be independently tested. The Big Bang cosmology is verified in the minds of those who already hold to that beliefóthat the Universe created itself about 14 billion years agoóex nihilo. To me the biblical big picture is far more believable...
  • Desperately Fleeing God in Cosmology

    11/18/2008 1:37:40 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 85 replies · 1,388+ views
    CEH ^ | November 17, 2008
    ďOur universe is perfectly tailored for life"..."Call it a fluke, a mystery, a miracle. Or call it the biggest problem in physics. Short of invoking a benevolent creator, many physicists see only one possible explanation:"...
  • The Multiverse: Big Bangs Without End

    09/23/2008 3:14:32 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 43 replies · 484+ views
    Sky and Telescope ^ | 9/18/08 | Dan Falk
    Three different trends in physics each suggest that our universe is just one of many.We usually think of the universe as being ďeverything there is.Ē But many astronomers and physicists now suspect that the universe we observe is just a small part of an unbelievably larger and richer cosmic structure, often called the ďmultiverse.Ē This mind-bending notion Ė that our universe may be just one of many, perhaps an infinite number, of real, physical universes Ė was front and center at a three-day conference entitled "A Debate in Cosmology ó The Multiverse," held at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics...
  • Electric Gravity in an Electric Universe

    08/28/2008 6:34:55 AM PDT · by Renfield · 38 replies · 1,121+ views
    Thunderblogs ^ | 8-22-08 | Wallace Thornhill
    ~~~snip~~~ Electromagnetic waves are far too slow to be the only means of signalling in an immense universe. Gravity requires the near-instantaneous character of the electric force to form stable systems like our solar system and spiral galaxies. Gravitationally, the Earth Ďseesí the Sun where it is this instant, not where it was more than 8 minutes ago. Newtonís famous law of gravity does not refer to time. We must have a workable concept of the structure of matter that satisfies the observation that the inertial and gravitational masses of an object are equivalent. When we accelerate electrons or protons...
  • Hubble Images Solve Galactic Filament Mystery

    08/22/2008 12:14:55 AM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies · 555+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 21, 2008 | KENNETH CHANG
    A tangle of spidery filaments stretches outward from the giant elliptical galaxy NGC 1275 as if they were dendrites of an intergalactic nerve cell. NGC 1275, located 235 million light-years from Earth near the center of a clump of galaxies known as the Perseus cluster, has posed a puzzle: How have these filaments, which are made of gas much cooler than the surrounding intergalactic cloud, persisted for perhaps 100 million years? Why havenít they warmed, dissipated or collapsed to form stars? Images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, with 10 times the resolution of earlier photographs, reveal that the filaments,...
  • Uncommon Earth - Simulation shows the solar system could only form under rare conditions

    08/07/2008 9:57:23 PM PDT · by neverdem · 108 replies · 207+ views
    Science News ^ | August 7th, 2008 | Ashley Yeager
    Goldilocks isnít the only one who demanded everything to be ďjust right.Ē The Earth and its fellow seven planets also needed perfect conditions to form as observed, and those right conditions occur rarely, a new computer simulation shows. The new simulation, described in the Aug. 8 Science, is the first to trace from beginning to end how planetary systems form from an initial gas disk encircling a baby star. ďThe really striking result of the new model is how chaotic and even violent the average story of a planetís birth is,Ē says Edward Thommes, an astrophysicist now at the University...
  • Written in the skies: why quantum mechanics might be wrong

    05/18/2008 10:40:38 PM PDT · by neverdem · 77 replies · 1,331+ views
    Nature News ^ | 15 May 2008 | Zeeya Merali
    Observations of the cosmic microwave background might deal blow to theory. The background patterns of space could help us focus on quantum problems.NASA / ESA / Hubble Heritage Team The question of whether quantum mechanics is correct could soon be settled by observing the sky ó and there are already tantalizing hints that the theory could be wrong. Antony Valentini, a physicist at Imperial College, London, wanted to devise a test that could separate quantum mechanics from one of its closest rivals ó a theory called bohmian mechanics. Despite being one of the most successful theories of physics, quantum mechanics...
  • Largest Telescope Would Be Out of this World

    04/17/2008 7:54:44 AM PDT · by rosenfan · 15 replies · 86+ views ^ | 16 April 2008 | Jeremy Hsu
    A telescope on the far side of the moon could probe the "dark ages" of the universe while blocking out the radio-wavelength noise of Earth civilizations. Up to one hundred thousand antennas would form the Dark Ages Lunar Interferometer (DALI), the largest telescope ever built, and allow astronomers to hear faint whispering signals from a time when no stars even existed. "This will look at one of the most fundamental questions ever conceived, back when the universe was made up almost entirely of hydrogen and helium ó no stars, no galaxies," said Kurt Weiler, senior astronomer at the U.S. Naval...
  • John Wheeler, 96, has died

    04/14/2008 11:04:50 AM PDT · by RightWhale · 22 replies · 160+ views
    14 Apr 08 | vanity
    John Wheeler, giant on whose shoulders we stand, has died at 96.
  • Big Brain Theory: Have Cosmologists Lost Theirs?

    01/17/2008 8:04:00 AM PST · by flevit · 143 replies · 239+ views
    new york times ^ | January 15, 2008 | By DENNIS OVERBYE
    This bizarre picture is the outcome of a recent series of calculations that take some of the bedrock theories and discoveries of modern cosmology to the limit. Nobody in the field believes that this is the way things really work, however. And so in the last couple of years there has been a growing stream of debate and dueling papers, replete with references to such esoteric subjects as reincarnation, multiple universes and even the death of spacetime, as cosmologists try to square the predictions of their cherished theories with their convictions that we and the universe are real. The basic...
  • How a Catholic priest gave us the Big Bang Theory

    12/29/2007 8:50:01 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 30 replies · 3,789+ views
    American Chronicle ^ | December 28, 2007 | Alex Higgins
    The history of cosmology Ė the study of the Universe Ė for the last five hundred years is often portrayed as a clash between science on the one hand, and the cold hand of religious dogma on the other. Part of this is rooted in fact Ė the Catholic Church of the Counter-Reformation for instance was suspicious of intellectual innovation and experiment, with its harsher elements longing for the certainties of the age before Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation. The desire to make the Universe fit into a pre-ordained and orderly scheme that needed no correction reached its infamous,...
  • Researchers examine Einstein's theories on the universe (He was right even when he was wrong!)

    11/28/2007 7:02:29 AM PST · by Red Badger · 30 replies · 70+ views ^ | 11/26/2007 | Texas A&M University
    Einstein's self-proclaimed "biggest blunder" -- his postulation of a cosmological constant (a force that opposes gravity and keeps the universe from collapsing) -- may not be such a blunder after all, according to the research of an international team of scientists that includes two Texas A&M University researchers. The team is working on a project called ESSENCE that studies supernovae (exploding stars) to figure out if dark energy Ė the accelerating force of the universe Ė is consistent with Einsteinís cosmological constant. Texas A&M researchers Nicholas Suntzeff and Kevin Krisciunas are part of the project, which began in October of...
  • Mankind 'shortening the universe's life'

    11/23/2007 3:45:30 AM PST · by Rb ver. 2.0 · 124 replies · 1,427+ views ^ | 11/21/07 | Roger Highfield, Science Editor
    Forget about the threat that mankind poses to the Earth: our activities may be shortening the life of the universe too. The startling claim is made by a pair of American cosmologists investigating the consequences for the cosmos of quantum theory, the most successful theory we have. Over the past few years, cosmologists have taken this powerful theory of what happens at the level of subatomic particles and tried to extend it to understand the universe, since it began in the subatomic realm during the Big Bang. The Boomerang Nebula, mankind ‚Äėshortening the universe‚Äôs life‚Äô Cosmologists claim by observing dark...
  • SubQuantum Kinetics, wide ranging unifying cosmology theory by Dr. Paul LaViolette

    08/22/2007 12:00:43 PM PDT · by Kevmo · 68 replies · 1,785+ views
    THE STARBURST FOUNDATION ^ | January 2007 | Dr. Paul LaViolette
    Predictions Part I astronomy and climatology Superwave Theory Predictions and their Subsequent Verification Galactic Core Explosions - prevailing concept (1980): At the time of this prediction, astronomers believed that the cores of galaxies, including our own, become active ("explode") about every 10 to 100 million years and stay active for about a million years. Since our own Galactic core presently appears quiescent, they believed it would likely remain inactive for many tens of millions of years. Although, in 1977, astronomer Jan Oort cited evidence that our Galactic core has been active within the past 10,000 years. Prediction No. 1...
  • Rebel with a Cause: The Optimistic Scientist

    04/10/2007 6:39:53 PM PDT · by ccmay · 9 replies · 443+ views
    TCS Daily ^ | 10 April 2007 | Benny Peiser
    Freeman Dyson: My optimism about the long-term survival of life comes mainly from imagining what will happen when life escapes from this planet and becomes adapted to living in vacuum. There is then no real barrier to stop life from spreading through the universe. Hopping from one world to another will be about as easy as hopping from one island in the Pacific to another. And then life will diversify to fill the infinite variety of ecological niches in the universe, as it has done already on this planet. ... Concerning the climate models, I know enough of the details...
  • Universal Accord {Cosmology}

    04/05/2007 2:48:17 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 40 replies · 794+ views
    Symmetry Magazine ^ | March 2007 | Rachel Courtland
    Take one part unidentified goop. Add three parts mysterious energy. Throw in a dash of ordinary atoms. Mix. Compress. Explode. Let expand for 13.7 billion years. It's an absurd recipe, but it's one that makes cosmologists drool. Ten years ago, no one could agree on what the universe is made of, how it is shaped, or what its ultimate fate will be. But less than five years later, long-awaited measurements and one stunning discovery forever transformed our picture of the universe. The resulting model, often called the concordance model, holds that 22 percent of the universe is composed of dark...
  • It's official, Elvis lives [inflationary cosmology saves the King!]

    01/15/2007 6:32:55 PM PST · by snarks_when_bored · 72 replies · 1,246+ views ^ | 16 January 2007 | Marcus Chown
    It's official, Elvis lives Last Updated: 12:01am GMT 16/01/2007 It might sound a little crazy, but our standard theories of cosmology and physics suggest that an infinite number of Presleys still exist, says Marcus Chown. And if that's not scary enough, it also means that you, and these words, are repeated ad infinitum across the universeElvis is alive. No, really! He didn't die of a cardiac arrest in his bathroom at Graceland on August 16, 1977. Instead, he slipped out of the back door under cover of darkness dressed as a nun, had a sex change and worked for several years...
  • On Angels

    11/30/2006 7:43:13 AM PST · by xzins · 213 replies · 1,383+ views
    Arminius' Works ^ | James Arminius
    ON ANGELS IN GENERAL AND IN PARTICULAR I. Angels are substances merely spiritual, created after the image of God, not only that they might acknowledge, love and worship their Creator, and might live in a state of happiness with him, but that they might likewise perform certain duties concerning the rest of the creatures according to the command of God. II. We call them "substances," against the Sadducees and others, who contend that angels are nothing more than the good or the evil motions of spirits, or else exercises of power to aid or to injure. But this is completely...
  • The Principle of Mediocrity [cosmological speculations of Alexander Vilenkin]

    09/18/2006 9:44:07 PM PDT · by snarks_when_bored · 25 replies · 632+ views
    Edge - The Third Culture ^ | September 15, 2006 | Alexander Vilenkin
    Home About Edge Features Edge Editions Press Edge Search A striking consequence of the new picture of the world is that there should be an infinity of regions with histories absolutely identical to ours. That's right, scores of your duplicates are now reading copies of this article. They live on planets exactly like Earth, with all its mountains, cities, trees, and butterflies. There should also be regions where histories are somewhat different from ours, with all possible variations. For example, some readers will be pleased to know that there are infinitely many O-regions where Al Gore is the President...
  • General relativity survives gruelling pulsar test -- Einstein at least 99.95% right

    09/13/2006 10:57:52 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 97 replies · 1,782+ views
    EurekAlert (AAAS) ^ | 13 September 2006 | Staff
    An international research team led by Prof. Michael Kramer of the University of Manchester's Jodrell Bank Observatory, UK, has used three years of observations of the "double pulsar", a unique pair of natural stellar clocks which they discovered in 2003, to prove that Einstein's theory of general relativity - the theory of gravity that displaced Newton's - is correct to within a staggering 0.05%. Their results are published on the14th September in the journal Science and are based on measurements of an effect called the Shapiro Delay. The double pulsar system, PSR J0737-3039A and B, is 2000 light-years away in...
  • Big Bang's afterglow fails intergalactic 'shadow' test

    09/01/2006 8:10:03 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 192 replies · 2,883+ views
    University of Alabama in Huntsville ^ | 01 September 2006 | Staff (press release)
    The apparent absence of shadows where shadows were expected to be is raising new questions about the faint glow of microwave radiation once hailed as proof that the universe was created by a "Big Bang." In a finding sure to cause controversy, scientists at UAH found a lack of evidence of shadows from "nearby" clusters of galaxies using new, highly accurate measurements of the cosmic microwave background. A team of UAH scientists led by Dr. Richard Lieu, a professor of physics, used data from NASA's Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) to scan the cosmic microwave background for shadows caused by...
  • Time Before Time [speculative cosmology]

    08/30/2006 1:01:48 AM PDT · by snarks_when_bored · 130 replies · 3,590+ views
    Seed Magazine ^ | August 28, 2006 | Sean Carroll
    TIME BEFORE TIME An event like the Big Bang is about as likely as billions of coin tosses all coming up heads. Explaining why that is might take us from empty space to other universes--and through the mirror of time. by Sean Carroll ‚ÄĘ Posted August 28, 2006 11:53 AM From the SEPTEMBER issue of Seed: ¬†¬† The nature of time is such that the influence of the very beginning of the universe stretches all the way into your kitchen‚ÄĒyou can make an omelet out of an egg, but you can't make an egg out of an omelet. Time, unlike...
  • Hawking to receive the oldest award in science

    08/24/2006 9:25:55 AM PDT · by Dante Alighieri · 1 replies · 473+ views
    Guardian Unlimited ^ | August 24, 2006 | James Randerson
    The theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking is to receive the Royal Society's most prestigious prize for scientific achievement. The Copley medal is the oldest scientific award in the world and has been won by such luminaries as Charles Darwin, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein and Captain James Cook. The Cambridge don, most famous for his book A Brief History of Time, will be honoured in a ceremony on November 30 for his contribution to theoretical physics and theoretical cosmology. "This is a very distinguished medal," Professor Hawking said. "It was awarded to Darwin, Einstein and [Francis] Crick. I am honoured to be...
  • At last, the real answer to life, the Universe and everything - the ELT

    08/05/2006 4:31:28 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 73 replies · 1,441+ views
    The Times (Times Online UK) ^ | 05 August 2006 | Mark Henderson
    That's the Extremely Large Telescope, not just the Very Large one. ACCORDING to The Hitch-Hikerís Guide to the Galaxy, it is the answer to life, the Universe and everything. Now scientists have turned to Douglas Adamsís magic number ó 42 ó to help them to answer that question for real. Not satisfied with the spectacular views afforded by the Very Large Telescope (VLT), which is kept at Paranal Observatory in Chile, astronomers plan to build a bigger version, the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT), with a mirror measuring 42m in diameter. The project, to be undertaken by the European Southern Observatory...
  • Probing Question: What happened before the Big Bang?

    08/04/2006 4:26:21 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 520 replies · 9,694+ views
    Pennsylvania State University ^ | 03 August 2006 | Barbara Kennedy
    The question of what happened before the Big Bang long has frustrated cosmologists, both amateur and professional. Though Einstein's theory of general relativity does an excellent job of describing the universe almost back to its beginning, near the Big Bang matter becomes so dense that relativity breaks down, says Penn State physicist Abhay Ashtekar. "Beyond that point, we need to apply quantum tools that were not available to Einstein." Now Ashtekar and two of his post-doctoral researchers, Tomasz Pawlowski and Parmpreet Singh, have done just that. Using a theory called loop quantum gravity, they have developed a mathematical model that...

    08/03/2006 12:52:54 PM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 132 replies · 2,166+ views
    Ohio State University ^ | 03 August 2006 | Staff (press release)
    That intergalactic road trip to Triangulum is going to take a little longer than you had planned. An Ohio State University astronomer and his colleagues have determined that the Triangulum Galaxy, otherwise known as M33, is actually about 15 percent farther away from our galaxy than previously measured.This finding implies that the Hubble constant, a number that astronomers rely on to calculate a host of factors -- including the size and age of the universe -- could be significantly off the mark as well.That means that the universe could be 15 percent bigger and 15 percent older than any previous...
  • From the present to the past [Stephen Hawking]

    07/04/2006 4:29:06 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 32 replies · 1,059+ views
    PhysicsWeb ^ | 30 June 2006 | Staff
    Cambridge physicist Stephen Hawking and his CERN colleague Thomas Hertog have proposed a radical new approach to understanding the universe that studies it from the "top down" rather than the "bottom up" as in traditional models. The approach acknowledges that the universe did not have just one unique beginning and history but a multitude of different beginnings and histories, and that it has experienced them all. But because most of these other alternative histories disappeared very early after the Big Bang to leave behind the universe we observe today, the best way to understand the past, they say, is to...
  • Berkeley physicist Perlmutter wins Shaw Prize for work on expansion of universe

    06/23/2006 5:43:23 PM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 14 replies · 564+ views
    UC Berkeley News Center ^ | 22 June 2006 | Staff (press release)
    University of California, Berkeley, physicist Saul Perlmutter has been awarded the 2006 Shaw Prize in Astronomy for his role in discovering that the universe is expanding faster than previously thought. Perlmutter is a UC Berkeley physics professor, an astrophysicist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and leader of the international Supernova Cosmology Project. He shares the $1 million prize with Adam Riess of NASA's Space Telescope Science Institute and Brian Schmidt of Australia's Mount Stromlo Observatory, all recognized for their leadership of two teams, the Supernova Cosmology Project and the High-z Supernova Search. In 1998, the teams reported the acceleration...
  • New unified force theory predicts measured values of physics

    06/05/2006 3:53:31 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 170 replies · 3,250+ views
    EurekAlert (AAAS) ^ | 05 June 2006 | Staff
    David Thomson and Jim Bourassa of the Quantum AetherDynamics Institute (QADI) released a new theory which mathematically predicts and explains the measured values of physics with striking precision. Their Aether Physics Model includes the "Holy Grail" of physics sought by Albert Einstein; the Unified Force Theory. "Our model shows the forces are unified by a simple set of general laws explainable as the fabric of space-time itself, which is a dynamic, quantum-scale Aether," said Bourassa. In February 2002, Thomson was observing a peculiar setup of a Tesla coil and noticed what appeared to be two distinctly different manifestations of charges....
  • Scientists Predict How To Detect A Fourth Dimension Of Space

    05/25/2006 1:35:30 PM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 163 replies · 3,235+ views
    Science Daily ^ | May 25, 2006 | Unattributed (Duke University)
    Scientists at Duke and Rutgers universities have developed a mathematical framework they say will enable astronomers to test a new five-dimensional theory of gravity that competes with Einstein's General Theory of Relativity. Charles R. Keeton of Rutgers and Arlie O. Petters of Duke base their work on a recent theory called the type II Randall-Sundrum braneworld gravity model. The theory holds that the visible universe is a membrane (hence "braneworld") embedded within a larger universe, much like a strand of filmy seaweed floating in the ocean. The "braneworld universe" has five dimensions -- four spatial dimensions plus time -- compared...
  • The universe before it began

    05/24/2006 3:59:24 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 125 replies · 3,036+ views
    Seed Magazine ^ | 5/22/06 | Maggie Wittlin
    Scientists use quantum gravity to describe the universe before the Big Bang.Scientists may finally have an answer to a "big" question: If the Big Bang was the beginning of the universe, what could have caused it to happen? Using a theory called "loop quantum gravity," a group led by Penn State professor Abhay Ashtekar has shown that just before the Big Bang occurred, another universe very similar to ours may have been contracting. According to the group's findings, this previous universe eventually became so dense that a normally negligible repulsive component of the gravitational force overpowered the attractive component, causing...