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  • Brilliant, But Distant: Most Far-Flung Known Quasar Offers Glimpse Into Early Universe

    07/31/2011 8:36:55 AM PDT · by blam · 22 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 7-29-2011 | John Matson
    Brilliant, But Distant: Most Far-Flung Known Quasar Offers Glimpse into Early UniverseA gargantuan black hole has been spotted voraciously devouring material just 770 million years after the big bangBy John Matson June 29, 2011 GLOWING GOBBLER: An artist's conception of a quasar ionizing the hydrogen gas surrounding it.Image: Gemini Observatory Peering far across space and time, astronomers have located a luminous beacon aglow when the universe was still in its infancy. That beacon, a bright astrophysical object known as a quasar, shines with the luminosity of 63 trillion suns as gas falling into a supermassive black holes compresses, heats up...
  • God Particle, the Higgs Boson, Could Be Found in 2012

    07/27/2011 1:31:53 AM PDT · by lbryce · 19 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 26, 2011 | John Heilprin
    Scientists hoping to puzzle out how the Universe began will find a long-sought theoretical particle — or rule out that it exists — by the end of 2012, the director of the world's largest atom smasher predicted Monday. Rolf Heuer, director of the European particle physics laboratory near Geneva, said his confidence was based on the latest findings from the $10 billion proton collider under the Swiss-French border. "I would say we can settle the question, the Shakespearean question — 'to be or not to be' — end of next year," he told reporters at a major physics conference in...
  • Astronomers Find Largest, Oldest Mass of Water in Universe

    07/22/2011 8:44:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 43 replies
    Space.com ^ | 7/22/11
    Astronomers have discovered the largest and oldest mass of water ever detected in the universe — a gigantic, 12-billion-year-old cloud harboring 140 trillion times more water than all of Earth's oceans combined. The cloud of water vapor surrounds a supermassive black hole called a quasar located 12 billion light-years from Earth. The discovery shows that water has been prevalent in the universe for nearly its entire existence, researchers said. "Because the light we are seeing left this quasar more than 12 billion years ago, we are seeing water that was present only some 1.6 billion years after the beginning of...
  • The Multiverse Gods, part 1 (Explaining the Origins of our Universe without Referring to God)

    07/10/2011 2:45:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    The Procrustean ^ | 06/23/2011
    Victor Stenger, a retired physics prof from the University of Hawaii, has given us two books that explain both atheism and "multiverses", and behold, they are one. Few other proponents of multiverses are quite as forthcoming with their logic, but clearly something besides data must motivate the science of multiverses, because by definition multiverses are not observable. Stenger makes the connection explicit, whereas Hawking or Susskind is a little more coy with their metaphysics. Multiverse-theory is designed for one purpose, and one purpose only, and that is to defend atheism. It makes no predictions, it gives no insight, it provides...
  • Baby star blasts jets of water into space

    06/22/2011 11:26:59 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 64 replies
    PhysOrg.com ^ | June 22, 2011 | By Joel N. Shurkin
    Astronomers have found a nascent star 750 light years from earth that shoots colossal jets of water -- a cosmic fire hose -- out its poles in bullet-like pulses. In a process that almost defies adjectives and analogies, each jet of water is the equivalent of a hundred million times the water flowing through the Amazon River every second and the speed of the jet is the equivalent of 80 times the muzzle velocity of an AK-47 assault rifle. The blast creates huge shockwaves around the star and the process may be responsible for sprinkling the universe with water. And...
  • Is an Adjacent Universe Causing the Dark Flow of Hundred of Millions of Stars at the Edge of the...

    04/16/2011 5:50:42 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 30 replies
    Daily Galaxy ^ | 4/15/11
    Is an Adjacent Universe Causing the Dark Flow of Hundred of Millions of Stars at the Edge of the Observable Universe? Or, Might It Be Something ElseBack in the Middle Ages, maps showed terrifying images of sea dragons at the boundaries of the known world. Today, scientists have observed strange new motion at the very limits of the known universe -- kind of where you'd expect to find new things, but they still didn't expect this. A huge swathe of galactic clusters seem to be heading to a cosmic hotspot and nobody knows why. The unexplained motion has hundreds of...
  • Alien Earths — 2 billion of them are out there

    03/22/2011 3:29:59 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 57 replies
    MSNBC/Space.com ^ | 03/22/2011 | Charles Q. Choi
    That's scientists' latest estimate for our galaxy alone, based on Kepler data Roughly one out of every 37 to one out of every 70 sunlike stars in the sky might harbor an alien Earth, a new study reveals. These findings hint that billions of Earthlike planets might exist in our galaxy, researchers added. These new calculations are based on data from the Kepler space telescope, which in February wowed the globe by revealing more than 1,200 possible alien worlds, including 68 potentially Earth-size planets. The spacecraft does so by looking for the dimming that occurs when a world transits or...
  • Once Upon a Time, the Universe Was Really Weird

    03/21/2011 12:42:01 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 29 replies
    Discovery.com ^ | 3/21/11 | Ian O'Neill
    Today, looking out across a seemingly boundless cosmos filled with an unimaginable variety of exotic objects, it's easy to forget that the Universe we currently admire is the product of a violent event that occurred 13.75 billion years ago. As we know, the leading theory for universal birth is the Big Bang, where everything came from nothing, in a single energetic burst of inexplicable creation. So, if we turn back the clock back 13.75 billion years, what would we see? My instinct would be to say "energy, the Universe was filled with pure, violent energy," but according to some mind-bending...
  • Are We One of Many Universes? MIT Physicist Says "Yes"

    02/19/2011 1:59:12 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 80 replies
    Daily Galaxy ^ | 2/18/11 | Casey Kazan
    Modern cosmology theory holds that our universe may be just one in a vast collection of universes known as the multiverse. MIT physicist Alan Guth has suggested that new universes (known as “pocket universes”) are constantly being created, but they cannot be seen from our universe. In this view, “nature gets a lot of tries — the universe is an experiment that’s repeated over and over again, each time with slightly different physical laws, or even vastly different physical laws,” says Jaffe. Some of these universes would collapse instants after forming; in others, the forces between particles would be so...
  • Universe Could be 250 Times Bigger Than What is Observable

    02/10/2011 1:21:07 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 56 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 2/8/11 | Vanessa D'Amico
    Our Universe is an enormous place; that’s no secret. What is up for discussion, however, is just how enormous it is. And new research suggests it’s a whopper – over 250 times the size of our observable universe. Currently, cosmologists believe the Universe takes one of three possible shapes: It is flat, like a Euclidean plane, and spatially infinite.It is open, or curved like a saddle, and spatially infinite.It is closed, or curved like a sphere, and spatially finite. While most current data favors a flat universe, cosmologists have yet to come to a consensus. In a paper recently submitted...
  • Alien life deemed impossible by analysis of 500 planets

    01/23/2011 9:38:58 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 203 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | January 23, 2011 | Heidi Blake
    Howard Smith, a senior astrophysicist at Harvard, made the claim that we are alone in the universe after an analysis of the 500 planets discovered so far showed all were hostile to life. Dr Smith said the extreme conditions found so far on planets discovered outside out Solar System are likely to be the norm, and that the hospitable conditions on Earth could be unique. “We have found that most other planets and solar systems are wildly different from our own. They are very hostile to life as we know it,” he said. He pointed to stars such as HD10180,...
  • Scale of the Universe

    12/21/2010 12:25:52 PM PST · by CharlieOK1 · 11 replies
    PrimaxStudio ^ | 2010 | Cary Huang
    Enjoy. I found this by reading down to the bottom of Greg Easterbrook's Tuesday Morning Quarterback column on ESPN.comClick on the source link then click play. Then push the blue square over to the left. Slowly drag to the right and let your mind take it all in. Try not to fall into a thought-induced catatonic state, especially if you are at work.
  • Best Art in the Universe

    12/18/2010 7:14:46 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 24 replies · 1+ views
    AOL News ^ | December 15 2010 | Ben Muessig
    Best Art in the Universe? Hubble Space Telescope's Amazing Pics From 2010 (Dec. 15) -- You might think that taking highly detailed photographs of the darkest corners of the universe would be a purely scientific job. Turns out, there's an art to it. For the past 20 years, the Hubble Space Telescope has been orbiting the planet and wowing earthlings with breathtaking images of outer space, from jaw-dropping pictures of clusters of newborn stars to fantastic photos of colliding galaxies. But it's not just Hubble's cutting-edge optics that are responsible for these stunning photographs. Behind each image is the hard...
  • No evidence of time before Big Bang

    12/12/2010 8:51:25 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 46 replies · 1+ views
    Nature ^ | 12/10/10 | Edwin Cartlidge
    Latest research deflates the idea that the Universe cycles for eternity.Our view of the early Universe may be full of mysterious circles — and even triangles — but that doesn't mean we're seeing evidence of events that took place before the Big Bang. So says a trio of papers taking aim at a recent claim that concentric rings of uniform temperature within the cosmic microwave background — the radiation left over from the Big Bang — might, in fact, be the signatures of black holes colliding in a previous cosmic 'aeon' that existed before our Universe.
  • 300 Sextillion Stars in Universe, New Study Suggests

    12/01/2010 6:39:26 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 40 replies · 1+ views
    CBC ^ | 12/1/2010 | CBC
    The night sky may be a lot starrier than we thought. A study suggests the universe could have triple the number of stars scientists previously calculated. The new estimate is 300,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. That's 300 sextillion. The study questions a key assumption that astronomers often use: that most galaxies have the same properties as our Milky Way. And that's creating a bit of a stink among astronomers who want a more orderly cosmos.
  • Have we found the universe that existed before the Big Bang?

    11/20/2010 10:05:12 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 136 replies · 1+ views
    io9 ^ | 11/19/10
    Have we found the universe that existed before the Big Bang? The current cosmological consensus is that the universe began 13.7 billion years ago with the Big Bang. But a legendary physicist says he's found the first evidence of an eternal, cyclic cosmos. The Big Bang model holds that everything that now comprises the universe was once concentrated in a single point of near-infinite density. Before this singularity exploded and the universe began, there was absolutely nothing - indeed, it's not clear whether one can even use the term "before" in reference to a pre-Big-Bang cosmos, as time itself may...
  • Fermilab will measure smallest details of space time and test if the universe is a hologram in 2011

    10/26/2010 7:41:26 AM PDT · by Arec Barrwin · 52 replies
    Next Big Future ^ | October 27, 2010 | Next Big Future
    If you "lived inside" a hologram, you could tell by measuring the blurring. Fermilab is building a interferometer to test space time for holographic blurring. Possible consequence of holography Hypothesis: observable correlations are encoded on light sheets and limited by information capacity of a Planck wavelength carrier (“Planck information flux” limit) Predicts uncertainty in position at Planck diffraction scale
  • Scale of the Universe

    10/11/2010 8:17:30 AM PDT · by Natufian · 45 replies
    Primaxstudio ^ | Cary Huang
    An attempt to show the scale of things from the tiniest to the galactic. Wow.
  • After Big Bang Came Moment of Pure Chaos, Study Finds (order eventually came out of chaos?)

    10/05/2010 10:58:20 AM PDT · by WebFocus · 82 replies · 1+ views
    Space.com ^ | 10/05/2010 | Clara Moskowitz
    <p>The universe was in chaos after the Big Bang kick-started the cosmos, a new study suggests.</p> <p>While one might expect the explosion that began the universe to wreak some havoc, scientists mean something very specific when they refer to chaos. In a chaotic system, small changes can cause large-scale effects. A commonly cited example is the "butterfly effect" — the idea that a butterfly beating its wing in Brazil can bring about a tornado in Texas.</p>
  • Much Ado About “Nothing”: Stephen Hawking and the Self-Creating Universe

    09/12/2010 7:43:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    First Things ^ | 09/12/2010 | Stephen Barr
    Has physics done away with God? A newly release book by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow says, “Yes.” What is a Jewish or Christian believer to make of this? Is the Creator now out of a job? The short answer is (unsurprisingly) no: the ideas propounded in Hawking’s book constitute no threat whatever to the Jewish and Christian doctrine of Creation. The idea that Hawking is now touting is not new—in fact, within the fast-moving world of modern physics it is fairly old. My first introduction to it was reading a very elegant theoretical paper entitled “Creation of Universes from...
  • Angels or Demons? Will CERN's LHC Experiments Point to the Existence of Another Universe?

    09/12/2010 6:57:57 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 17 replies
    Daily Galaxy ^ | 9/11/10 | Casey Kazan
    Could the elusive Higgs boson finally be in sight? Earlier this summer, physicist Tommaso Dorigo of the University of Padua wrote about talk of a tentative hint of the Higgs at the Tevatron, a particle accelerator at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois. "It reached my ear, from two different, possibly independent sources, that an experiment at the Tevatron is about to release some evidence of a light Higgs boson signal. Some say a three-sigma effect, others do not make explicit claims but talk of a unexpected result," wrote Dorigo. The blog post was low on detail but...
  • As a scientist I'm certain Stephen Hawking is wrong. You can't explain the universe without God

    09/07/2010 7:22:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 09/07/2010 | Prof. John Lennox
    There's no denying that Stephen Hawking is intellectually bold as well as physically heroic. And in his latest book, the renowned physicist mounts an audacious challenge to the traditional religious belief in the divine creation of the universe. According to Hawking, the laws of physics, not the will of God, provide the real explanation as to how life on Earth came into being. The Big Bang, he argues, was the inevitable consequence of these laws 'because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing.' Unfortunately, while Hawking's argument is being hailed as...
  • Is Intelligence By Association Possible?

    09/04/2010 12:19:19 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 28 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 9-3-10 | Jared H. McAndersen
    God did not create the universe, world-famous physicist Stephen Hawking argues in a new book that aims to banish a divine creator from physics.Hawking says in his book "The Grand Design" that, given the existence of gravity, "the universe can and will create itself from nothing," according to an excerpt published Thursday in The Times of London."Spontaneous creation is the reason why there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist," he writes in the excerpt."It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper [fuse] and set the universe going," he...
  • Ye cannae change the laws of physics (or can you?)

    09/02/2010 7:16:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies · 1+ views
    The Economist ^ | September 2, 2010 | The Economist
    RICHARD FEYNMAN, Nobel laureate and physicist extraordinaire, called it a “magic number” and its value “one of the greatest damn mysteries of physics”. The number he was referring to, which goes by the symbol alpha and the rather more long-winded name of the fine-structure constant, is magic indeed. If it were a mere 4% bigger or smaller than it is, stars would not be able to sustain the nuclear reactions that synthesise carbon and oxygen atoms. One consequence would be that squishy, carbon-based life would not exist. Why alpha takes on the precise value it does, so delicately fine-tuned for...
  • Fate of Universe revealed by galactic lens

    08/19/2010 3:49:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies
    BBC News ^ | 8/19/10 | Howard Falcon-Lang
    A "galactic lens" has revealed that the Universe will probably expand forever. Astronomers used the way that light from distant stars was distorted by a huge galactic cluster known as Abell 1689 to work out the amount of dark energy in the cosmos. Dark energy is a mysterious force that speeds up the expansion of the Universe. Understanding the distribution of this force revealed that the likely fate of the Universe was to keep on expanding. It will eventually become a cold, dead wasteland, researchers say. The study, conducted by an international team led by Professor Eric Jullo of Nasa's...
  • Photo gallery: Miss Universe contestants

    08/16/2010 2:15:25 PM PDT · by SandRat · 59 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Darrren Decker
    In this publicity image released by Miss Universe Organization, the 2010 Miss Universe Contestants pose along with last year's winner for the official group photo at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010. The Miss Universe 2010 competition that will air live from Mandalay Bay on the NBC Television Network at 9 PM ET, Aug. 23. (AP Photo/Miss Universe Organization LP, LLLP)
  • Planet Found With Comet-like Tail

    07/21/2010 5:56:31 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Nat Geo ^ | July 15, 2010
    HD 209458b, shown in red in an artist's conception, is the first confirmed "cometary planet," experts say. Image courtesy G. Bacon, NASA/ESAAn alien planet orbits so close to its star that its atmosphere is being blasted away, forming a gaseous, comet-like tail, astronomers announced Thursday. (Related: "Odd Star Sheds Comet-like Tail.") About 153 light-years from Earth, planet HD 209458b hugs its star so tightly that the planet's atmosphere is likely a scorching 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit (1,093 degrees Celsius) an a year passes in just 3.5 days—making Mercury's 88-day orbit seem downright leisurely.That tight orbit also means this gas giant—meaning...
  • The Destiny of the Universe

    07/17/2010 4:54:59 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 29 replies · 3+ views
    FQXI ^ | 7/2/10 | Julie Rehmeyer
    A radical reformulation of quantum mechanics suggests that the universe has a set destiny and its pre-existing fate reaches back in time to influence the past. It could explain the origin of life, dark energy and solve other cosmic conundrums.The universe has a destiny—and this set fate could be reaching backwards in time and combining with influences from the past to shape the present. It’s a mind-bending claim, but some cosmologists now believe that a radical reformulation of quantum mechanics in which the future can affect the past could solve some of the universe’s biggest mysteries, including how life arose....
  • Scientists discover explanation for why the Universe exists

    06/01/2010 12:39:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 135 replies · 2,433+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 05/20/2010 | Michael Bolen
    Physicists have long wondered why the universe exists when matter and anti-matter particles obliterate each other on contact. But new data from a particle accelerator in the United States suggests a reason. The tests showed that when anti-protons and protons collide, the resulting new particles show a one per cent skew toward matter over anti-matter. Over a long period of time, this characteristic of the universe could explain why matter has come to dominate over anti-matter. "Many of us felt goose bumps when we saw the result," said Stefan Soldner-Rembold, a physicist at the University of Manchester in the United...
  • Living in Obama's Loony Parallel Universe

    05/26/2010 9:29:48 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies · 658+ views
    american thinker ^ | 5/26/10 | Kelcy Allen
    According to my psychoanalyst, I have issues. She believes our nation's dichotomous political climate and divisive political dialogue is affecting my mental state and I'm beginning to show a "disconnect." It's disconcerting to confess that you're coming unhinged -- to admit you're losing touch with reality and are living in some loony parallel universe. Just this month, famed astrophysicist Stephen Hawking expressed his belief that humans are capable of time travel. No kidding. Welcome to my world. My therapist says my anger issues are revealing, but it's not a personality disorder that's got me. It's not an addictive disorder because...
  • Every Black Hole Contains Another Universe?

    04/14/2010 1:44:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 54 replies · 1,713+ views
    Nat Geo ^ | April 9, 2010 | Ker Than
    A supermassive black hole sits inside the galaxy Centaurus A, seen in an artist's conception. Like part of a cosmic Russian doll, our universe may be nested inside a black hole that is itself part of a larger universe.In turn, all the black holes found so far in our universe—from the microscopic to the supermassive—may be doorways into alternate realities.According to a mind-bending new theory, a black hole is actually a tunnel between universes—a type of wormhole. The matter the black hole attracts doesn't collapse into a single point, as has been predicted, but rather gushes out a "white hole"...
  • Large Hadron Atom Smasher Reaches Near Speed of Light

    03/31/2010 12:41:00 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 90 replies · 1,565+ views
    The Daily Galaxy ^ | 3/30/2010 | The Daily Galaxy
    Scientists celebrated at the world's biggest atom smasher at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) near Geneva on Tuesday as they started colliding particles at record energy levels mimicking conditions close to the Big Bang, opening a new era in the quest for the secrets of the universe. The European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) said it had unleashed the unprecedented bursts of energy on the third attempt, as beams of protons thrust around the 27-kilometre (16.8-mile) accelerator collided at close to the speed of light. "This is physics in the making, the beginning of a new era, we...
  • Fine Tuning and the Intellectual Necessity (Does Multiverse explain why this universe is special?)

    03/16/2010 7:23:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies · 251+ views
    Darwin's God ^ | 03/15/2010 | Cornelius Hunter
    You have probably heard about the multiverse--the idea that the universe is really a large number of universes. The multiverse helps to explain why our particular universe seems so special. Our universe seems to be a finely tuned machine and the evolution of life would require low probability events. Is our universe special? The multiverse helps to deflect such thinking. If there is a large number of universes, then perhaps each has a different set of natural laws. And perhaps intelligent life can only be supported by a very particular set of laws. So the only life forms that would...
  • Big Bang experiment may reveal dark universe: CERN

    03/08/2010 12:53:11 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 43 replies · 268+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 3/8/10 | Robert Evans
    GENEVA (Reuters) – Dark matter, which scientists believe makes up 25 percent of the universe but whose existence has never been proven, could be detected by the giant particle collider at CERN, the research center's head said Monday. Rolf-Dieter Heuer told a news conference some evidence for the matter may emerge even in the shorter term from mega-power particle collisions aimed at recreating conditions at the "Big Bang" birth of the universe some 13.7 billion years ago. "We don't know what dark matter is," said Heuer, Director-General of the European Organization for Nuclear Research on the Swiss-French border near Geneva....
  • Scientists Re-Create High Temperatures From Big Bang

    02/16/2010 1:36:08 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 79 replies · 1,189+ views
    ABC News ^ | 2/16/2010 | Dan Vergano
    Atom smashers at a U.S. national lab have produced temperatures not seen since the Big Bang — 7.2 trillion degrees, or 250,000 times hotter than the sun's interior — in work re-creating the universe's first microseconds. The results come from the 2.4-mile-wide Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at the Department of Energy's Brookhaven (N.Y.) National Laboratory. Since 2000, scientists there have hurtled gold atoms together at nearly the speed of light. These smash-ups heat bubbles smaller than the center of an atom to about 40 times hotter than the center of an imploding supernova. Scientists say the results have given them...
  • The Creator

    02/08/2010 7:53:00 PM PST · by Ken4TA · 15 replies · 350+ views
    When a Russian Cosmonaut returned from a space flight he said that he hadn’t seen God out there. An American Astronaut, one who was a Christian, was once asked if he had met God while in space. He answered with full confidence, “I would have, if I had taken off my space suit.” These are not just two contradictory answers to the same question. They are two totally different understandings of the word God and what is meant by it. The Russian Cosmonaut, an atheist, could not believe God existed unless he saw him with his own eyes. Whereas the...
  • Planet-hunting telescope unearths hot mysteries...

    01/05/2010 11:31:15 AM PST · by TaraP · 10 replies · 568+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Jan 5th, 2010
    WASHINGTON – NASA's new planet-hunting telescope has found two mystery objects that are too hot to be planets and too small to be stars. The Kepler Telescope, launched in March, discovered the two new heavenly bodies, each circling its own star. Telescope chief scientist Bill Borucki of NASA said the objects are thousands of degrees hotter than the stars they circle. That means they probably aren't planets. They are bigger and hotter than planets in our solar system, including dwarf planets. "The universe keeps making strange things stranger than we can think of in our imagination," said Jon Morse, head...
  • Hubble peers back 13.2 billion years, finds 'primordial' galaxies

    01/05/2010 7:27:14 PM PST · by OldDeckHand · 14 replies · 908+ views
    CNN.com ^ | 01/05/10 | Staff
    NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has reached back 13.2 billion years -- farther than ever before in time and space -- to reveal a "primordial population" of galaxies never seen before. "The deeper Hubble looks into space, the farther back in time it looks, because light takes billions of years to cross the observable universe," the Space Telescope Science Institute said in a statement released Tuesday. "This makes Hubble a powerful 'time machine' that allows astronomers to see galaxies as they were 13 billion years ago -- just 600 million to 800 million years after the Big Bang," the institute said...
  • Video: Simulation Renders Entire Known Universe (Woah!)

    12/18/2009 8:11:16 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 12 replies · 892+ views
    PopSci ^ | 12/17/2009 | PopSci
    "Everyone loves a good road movie, whether it's Hope and Crosby or Fonda and Hopper. But the scope of those films pales in comparison to the ground covered by the Hayden Planetarium's new video, The Known Universe. The video starts in Tibet and zooms out through time and space until it shows well, the entire known universe. The video, created for the new Rubin Art Museum exhibit Visions of the Cosmos: From the Milky Ocean to an Evolving Universe, uses over a decade of data collected by researchers at the planetarium. Called the Digital Universe Atlas, the data encompasses the...
  • Looking for Life in the Multiverse

    12/18/2009 12:07:14 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 35 replies · 1,339+ views
    Scientific American ^ | 01/01/2010 | Alejandro Jenkins and Gilad Perez
    The typical Hollywood action hero skirts death for a living. Time and again, scores of bad guys shoot at him from multiple directions but miss by a hair. Cars explode just a fraction of a second too late for the fireball to catch him before he finds cover. And friends come to the rescue just before a villain’s knife slits his throat. If any one of those things happened just a little differently, the hero would be hasta la vista, baby. Yet even if we have not seen the movie before, something tells us that he will make it to...
  • Why Evolutionary-Based Science Is A Menace To Scientific Research, Discovery, and Progress

    11/06/2009 9:39:16 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 70 replies · 2,422+ views
    Why Evolutionary-Based Science Is A Menace To Scientific Research, Discovery, and Progress Evolutionary-based research always begins with the inaccurate and unscientific presupposition that the Theory of Evolution, i.e. the Big Bang, the spontaneous generation of life, and common descent, is true. Due to this systemic problem, scientific discovery and progress is severely hampered, not to mention the hundreds of millions of research dollars that are squandered every year. In a time in which almost ANY alternative thought is given a platform, the evolution industry is silencing dissenting scientific evidence, even when it’s from fellow evolutionists! See the growing list of...
  • Huge Galaxy Cluster Hints at Universe's Skeleton

    11/03/2009 9:19:57 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 824+ views
    Space.com ^ | 11/3/09
    A gigantic, previously unknown set of galaxies has been found in the distant universe, shedding light on the underlying skeleton of the cosmos. "Matter is not distributed uniformly in the universe," said Masayuki Tanaka, an astronomer with the European Southern Observatory (ESO) who helped discover the galactic assemblage. "In our cosmic vicinity, stars form in galaxies and galaxies usually form groups and clusters of galaxies." But those collections of matter are just small potatoes compared to larger structures long-theorized to exist. "The most widely accepted cosmological theories predict that matter also clumps on a larger scale in the so-called 'cosmic...
  • Stargate Unniverse musings.

    10/30/2009 10:02:22 PM PDT · by DGHoodini · 16 replies · 910+ views
    SG Universe show | 10/31/09 | DGHoodini
    Is it just me, or is anyioone else getting the feeling like the next new characters we'll be seeing on the show, will be Yorgi and his sheep? (extra points if you get the reference.)
  • Non-Gravitational Fifth Force? Research Could Change Most Widely Held Scientific Theories...

    10/28/2009 1:26:53 AM PDT · by bogusname · 25 replies · 1,122+ views
    BCN ^ | Oct 28, 2009 | Teresa Neumann
    He [Jesus] is before all things, and in Him all things hold together." -Col. 1:17 REPORTER'S NOTE: Though I'm taking a stab in the dark (excuse the pun) with interpreting this article, one thing is certain: these scientists seem to ascribe cognizant, rational attributes to an invisible "force" that is "ruling over" dark matter in the universe. I'll let you read the article and come to your own conclusions! -Teresa Neumann, BCN. Science Daily reports that an international team of astronomers have found an unexpected link between mysterious 'dark matter' and the visible stars and gas in galaxies that could...
  • Giant Backward Ring Found Around Saturn

    10/08/2009 9:54:25 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 27 replies · 2,394+ views
    CEH ^ | October 7, 2009
    Oct 7, 2009 — Saturn has a newly-discovered ring to add to its decor – the largest of all. It’s so big, it makes Saturn look like a speck in the middle of it. The ring, located at the orbit of the small outer moon Phoebe, is inclined 27 degrees and revolves backwards around Saturn. This was announced today by...
  • Reminder: Stargate Universe

    09/30/2009 10:27:55 PM PDT · by DGHoodini · 8 replies · 545+ views
    Online Guide | DGHodini
    Just a reminder for Stargate fans: SyFy Channel will premier 'Stargate Universe' on this Friday, Oct 2nd, at 9pm EDT, followed by an immediate rebroadcast at 12am Oct 3rd.
  • The Non-Expanding Universe

    09/07/2009 9:40:54 AM PDT · by BGHater · 22 replies · 1,226+ views
    FQXi ^ | 25 Aug 2009 | Kate Becker
    Time doesn’t exist. The universe isn’t really expanding. And if you want a theory of quantum gravity, look to the man who inspired Einstein, says Julian Barbour. For someone who believes time doesn’t exist, Julian Barbour sure has a head for dates. He remembers exactly when he started to have doubts about time: It was October 18, 1963, and he was reading the newspaper. He spotted an article about the physicist Paul Dirac and his quest for a theory of quantum gravity—a theory linking Einstein’s ideas about gravity to the clashing doctrine of quantum mechanics. Today, Barbour is on that...
  • Is Earth AGAIN The Center of The Universe?

    09/03/2009 8:13:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies · 1,387+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 9/3/2009 | Allen J. Epling
    I came across a news item in the USA Today website, dated August 18, that got my attention. It concerns "Dark Energy", the mysterious force that seems to be speeding up the expansion of the universe, that no one can find or explain. Two scientists say is doesn't exist now because of a "mathematical solution they have produced, that suggests it is a natural result of the Big Bang. Part of the article is reproduced here. "What's the answer? It doesn't exist, suggest mathematicians Blake Temple and Joel Smoller, in a study released Monday by the Proceedings of the National...
  • Miss Universe national costume event in the Bahamas (Photos)

    08/11/2009 6:37:35 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies · 2,670+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | August 11, 2009 | By Staff
    Miss Canada Mariana Valente Contestants from 84 countries have come together in the Bahamas to compete for the title of Miss Universe
  • How to map the multiverse (We don’t need to prove fine tuning. It’s just there)

    07/14/2009 6:09:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies · 912+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 5/4/2009 | Anil Ananthaswamy
    BRIAN GREENE spent a good part of the last decade extolling the virtues of string theory. He dreamed that one day it would provide physicists with a theory of everything that would describe our universe - ours and ours alone. His bestselling book The Elegant Universe eloquently captured the quest for this ultimate theory. "But the fly in the ointment was that string theory allowed for, in principle, many universes," says Greene, who is a theoretical physicist at Columbia University in New York. In other words, string theory seems equally capable of describing universes very different from ours. Greene hoped...