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Cosmic Inflation

Cosmic Inflation: How Progress in Science Is Achieved

Mario Livio | Posted 11.24.2014 | Science
Mario Livio

About six months ago, scientists got excited about the potential detection of direct evidence for the event known as "cosmic inflation." Then team of scientists claimed to have detected an imprint in the cosmic microwave background that could have been created by gravity waves resulting from cosmic inflation.

Higgs Physics Suggests The Universe Shouldn't Exist

LiveScience | Tia Ghose | Posted 06.24.2014 | Science

The universe shouldn't exist — at least according to a new theory. Modeling of conditions soon after the Big Bang suggests the universe should ha...

Controversial Big Bang Finding May Have Been Mistaken, Scientists Acknowledge

AP | MALCOLM RITTER | Posted 06.20.2014 | Science

NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists who made headlines in March with their research on the early universe are now acknowledging that they may have been mista...

Killing Einstein's God

Amir Aczel | Posted 06.14.2014 | Religion
Amir Aczel

Einstein believed in something like Spinoza's "God": a powerful entity that transcends the world. To Einstein, "God" was the maker of the laws of physics that he, Einstein, saw as his life's role to uncover. This is far from the "God" of organized Western religions, to be sure, but it is equally far from Lawrence Krauss "universe from nothing."

Supersensitive 'Wave' Detector Set To Go Online

Space.com | Elizabeth Howell | Posted 04.14.2014 | Science

The ripples from violent cosmic collisions can be felt far across the universe, and thanks to a new, sensitive detector expected to start collecting ...

'Inflation' Discovery Puts Multiverse Debate Front And Center

| Clara Moskowitz | Posted 03.31.2014 | Science

The multiverse is one of the most divisive topics in physics, and it just became more so. The major announcement last week of evidence for primordial ...

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.

Does New Cosmic Discovery Prove We Live In A Multiverse?

Space.com | 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 suppor...

WATCH: Dramatic Moment Physicist Learns He Was Right About Universe

The Huffington Post | Isaac Saul | Posted 03.19.2014 | Science

Dr. Andrei Linde was one of the principal architects of the theory of cosmic inflation way back in the early 1980s. Decades passed, and still there wa...

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 ...

WATCH: Astronomers Find Cosmic 'Smoking Gun'

AP | MALCOLM RITTER | Posted 03.17.2014 | Science

NEW YORK (AP) — The universe was born almost 14 billion years ago, exploding into existence in an event called the Big Bang. Now researchers say the...

Redemption

Victor Stenger | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Victor Stenger

Since there are about 150 billion other galaxies in the visible cosmos, this multiplies out to 5,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 planets within the visible universe capable of supporting biological life of some form.