You may have seen the viral video that shows physicist Chao-Lin Kuo telling his colleague Andrei Linde, "Five sigma, as clear as day, r of 0.2." What Kuo meant was that they have discovered direct evidence that the event known as "cosmic inflation" really happened.
The uniformity of the cosmic background radiation turns out to be a big problem for the Big Bang theory. It should not be smooth across the sky at all! Big Bang theory v. 1.0 could never explain this smoothness problem.
There were no celeb watchers, red carpets or black velvet ropes for this crowd of art-science enthusiasts. This was an event to celebrate the story about the search for Higgs boson, the so-called "God particle."
Deconstruct these debates and the motivation behind the opposition to both evolution and LGBT people in the Church is clear: fear. It is a fear of falling down the "slippery slope" which changes long-held positions "supported" by scripture.
Storing 14 exabytes of data isn't economically feasible in terms of both material and energy costs. But by using cognitive computing, we can design systems that are smart about how to manage that information.
An intriguing question that arises is whether infinities are only a mathematical concept, or whether they can occur in physical reality. Interestingly, cosmology -- the study of the universe as a whole -- provides quite a few examples where in principle one could encounter infinity.
Once after eating a meal on our porch in the festive tent in which we celebrate the holiday of Sukkot, my then ten-year-old son announced that he was not so interested in saying the blessings after the meal.
The night sky, sprinkled with twinkling stars and the pale light of a silvery Moon, has fascinated humans since the dawn of history. But, why is it dark? If you think that the answer is: "Because you don't see the Sun," think again.