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A Visit From the Big Bang

Mario Livio | Posted 05.26.2014 | Science
Mario Livio

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.

Big Discovery May Help Bring 'Theory Of Everything' | Mike Wall | Posted 03.24.2014 | Science

The discovery that the universe really did expand at many times the speed of light immediately after the Big Bang should bring physicists slightly clo...

The Week to Week News Quiz for 3/21/14

John Zipperer | Posted 05.21.2014 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

What's the bigger mystery: Flight 370's current location or Ukraine's future existence? See how well you've been following events by taking our latest Week to Week news quiz.

God Looks Kind Of Like Regis

Posted 03.20.2014 | Comedy

After the announcement of a new breakthrough in the study of the Big Bang Theory (the event not the show), Jimmy Kimmel wanted to find out what God th...

Does New Cosmic Discovery Prove We Live In A Multiverse? | Miriam Kramer` | Posted 03.19.2014 | Science

The first direct evidence of cosmic inflation — a period of rapid expansion that occurred a fraction of a second after the Big Bang — also support...

Big Bangs, Inflation and B-Modes... Oh, My!

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 05.18.2014 | Science
Dr. Sten Odenwald

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.

WATCH: Just What ARE Gravitational Waves?

natureheader | Davide Castelvecchi | Posted 03.18.2014 | Science

Astronomers have announced the detection of the imprint of primordial 'gravitational waves' that originated in the Big Bang that created our Universe ...

The Smolin Factor? -- 'Particle Fever' Premiere and Party

Suzan Mazur | Posted 05.13.2014 | Science
Suzan Mazur

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."

WATCH: How The Universe (And Everything) Began

The Huffington Post | Isaac Saul | Posted 03.03.2014 | Science

How did everything begin? Yes, many of us know about the Big Bang, but do you know what happened at the tiniest levels, with quarks and particles? ...

Mystery Of Big Bang's Echo Solved?

natureheader | Eugenie Samuel Reich | Posted 02.19.2014 | Science

Soon after the Big Bang, there were tiny ripples: quantum fluctuations in the density of the seething ball of hot plasma. Billions of years later, tho...

Haven't We Been Here Before?

Ty McCarthy | Posted 04.08.2014 | Religion
Ty McCarthy

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.

Black Hole Study Puts Ancient Universe In Surprising New Light | Nola Taylor Redd | Posted 02.06.2014 | Science

Black holes acting as companions to early stars may have taken more time to raise the temperature of the ancient universe than previously thought, a n...

Lab Aims To Use Precious Metal To Make 'Primordial Soup'

LiveScience | Tia Ghose | Posted 02.05.2014 | Science

Editor's Note: This article was updated at 4:00 p.m. E.T. A new experiment that smashes gold nuclei at near light speed could mimic the particle soup...

Alien Life May Have Arisen WAY Earlier Than We Thought | Katia Moskvitch | Posted 02.04.2014 | Science

Earthlings may be extreme latecomers to a universe full of life, with alien microbes possibly teeming on exoplanets beginning just 15 million years af...

Carrie Fisher and James Earl Jones Are Headed To 'Big Bang'

Posted 01.23.2014 | TV

"The Big Bang Theory" has had no shortage of great guest stars in its seven seasons on the air, and plenty of them have ticked off important checkboxe...

Three Things I Want to See Come Out of the Bill Nye-Ken Ham Debate

Joseph Hill | Posted 03.09.2014 | Religion
Joseph Hill

Tuesday, when I opened my laptop I began to see the same link pop up on my Facebook feed repeatedly. It was for the Bill Nye/Ken Ham debate coming up ...

What If The Universe Had No Beginning?

| Clara Moskowitz | Posted 12.11.2013 | Science

What if the universe had no beginning, and time stretched back infinitely without a big bang to start things off? That's one possible consequence of a...

WATCH: Wu-Tang Clan's GZA Teaches Big Bang Theory With Rhyme

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 02.24.2014 | Entertainment

If you're looking for an education in science (that's mixed with pure amazing), then you absolutely need to take in this course taught by the Wu-Tang ...

Big Bang Meets Big Data

Ton Engbersen, Ph.D | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Ton Engbersen, Ph.D

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.


Mario Livio | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Mario Livio

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.

WATCH: Can 'Twist' Help Unlock Secrets Of Early Universe? | Megan Gannon | Posted 10.21.2013 | Science

Researchers have discovered a subtle twist in the primeval light that formed shortly after the universe came into being. They hope it can reveal new s...

Big Bang Bentsching: Celebrating the Beginning Again

Rabbi Michael Bernstein | Posted 11.24.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Bernstein

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.

Did A Black Hole Spawn Our Universe?

natureheader | Zeeya Merali | Posted 09.14.2013 | Science

It could be time to bid the Big Bang bye-bye. Cosmologists have speculated that the Universe formed from the debris ejected when a four-dimensional st...

David Freeman

Probes Let Physicists Peer Further Back In Time Than Ever Before | David Freeman | Posted 09.11.2013 | Science

What was it like at the dawn of the universe? No one knows for sure. But with help from powerful space probes, physicists say they have now peered fur...

Who First Wondered: 'Why Is the Night Sky Dark?'

Mario Livio | Posted 09.29.2013 | Science
Mario Livio

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.