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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...