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Cosmology

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...

David Freeman

LISTEN: The Accidental Discovery That Proved The Big Bang Theory

HuffingtonPost.com | David Freeman | Posted 06.16.2014 | Science

Today the Big Bang theory is accepted as scientific fact. That wasn't the case a half-century ago, when a young radio astronomer named Robert W. Wilso...

Much-Ballyhooed Big Bang Finding Called Into Question

natureheader | Ron Cowen | Posted 06.19.2014 | Science

The astronomers who earlier this year announced that they had evidence of primordial gravitational waves jumped the gun, two independent analyses sugg...

Pseudophysics: The New High Priesthood

Amir Aczel | Posted 06.03.2014 | Science
Amir Aczel

Let's look at the very vocal minority of theoreticians who, without a shred of experimental evidence to support their claims, are now telling us what, in their view, nature is truly made of. They do it mostly through recent books aimed at the average reader. I will survey the most widely read of these books.

Fresh Doubts Raised Over Sensational 'Wave' Discovery

natureheader | Ron Cowen | Posted 05.19.2014 | Science

The evidence for the primordial gravitational waves that caused a sensation when it was announced in March could be less strong than previously though...

WATCH: Astronomers Create First-Of-Its-Kind Virtual Universe

natureheader | Elizabeth Gibney | Posted 05.07.2014 | Science

Can current theories of cosmology explain how the Universe evolved? One way to find out is to plug everything we think we know about the early Univers...

What Astronomy Says About Religion

Seth Shostak | Posted 07.01.2014 | Science
Seth Shostak

While it may be disappointing, I have to confess to people who ask for my insights on the meaning of it all that astronomy doesn't provide any clearly useful data on matters of sin and souls. But it does offer some humbling insight into the scale of the problem.

The Multiverse Explained... Or Not!

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 06.24.2014 | Science
Dr. Sten Odenwald

Although we may not be able to directly observe any other universes, their existence seems to be logically required if our model building is on the right track.

Christianity and Modern Science

Victor Stenger | Posted 06.21.2014 | Science
Victor Stenger

There are many conflicts between science and basic Christian beliefs that are irreconcilable. Science is not likely to change to accommodate Christianity. If Christianity changes to accommodate science, it will be difficult to still call it Christianity.

Introducing the Higgs Boson and Its Siblings!

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 06.08.2014 | Science
Dr. Sten Odenwald

What does your weight on a bathroom scale, the expansion of our universe today, and the Big Bang have in common? If modern ideas in physics are correct, they are all caused by a new family of particles called "spin-zero bosons." Let's have a look!

Multiverse Concept May Be MUCH Older Than You Think

Space.com | Katia Moskvitch | Posted 04.02.2014 | Science

The idea that our universe may be just one among many out there has intrigued modern cosmologists for some time. But it looks like this "multiverse" ...

The Story of Creation: When Science Is More Fantastical Than Science Fiction

Mark Alpert | Posted 05.28.2014 | Science
Mark Alpert

Imagine a novel that starts like this: A speck of space imbued with a mysterious antigravity substance explodes to humongous size in a tiny fraction of a second and transforms into an entire universe. Sounds ridiculous, right? And yet most cosmologists believe this is how the Big Bang began.

Good Morning, Inflation! Hello, Multiverse!

Max Tegmark | Posted 05.17.2014 | Science
Max Tegmark

It's a sensational breakthrough involving not only our cosmic origins, but also the nature of space: by producing the first-ever detection of Hawking radiation (the process by which inflation's rapid doubling generates these gravitational waves), the BICEP2 team has found the first experimental evidence for quantum gravity.

How To Debate Religion

Victor Stenger | Posted 04.30.2014 | Science
Victor Stenger

2014-02-28-ScreenShot20140228at6.18.50PM.pngReligious debaters are usually very smooth and well prepared. The reason is not that their arguments are so persuasive but that they generally have spent years polishing the same old arguments.

Is That the Best You've Got? Alvin Plantinga's Feeble Attack on Atheism

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 04.14.2014 | Media
Clay Farris Naff

When you consider that he has been at the top of his profession, has had a lifetime to prepare, and has recently published a book on these themes, it is quite surprising to see how weak his case is. Don't take my word for it. Let's plunge in.

Secrets Of Universe's Birth May Lurk In New Data

Space.com | Katia Moskvitch | Posted 02.01.2014 | Science

At first, there was nothing — complete and utter emptiness. Zero energy and zero matter. And then, out of this nothingness, the universe was born...

'If My Idea Is Wrong, Physics Is Ultimately Doomed'

LiveScience | Tanya Lewis | Posted 02.02.2014 | Science

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Scientists have long used mathematics to describe the physical properties of the universe. But what if the universe itself is mat...

What Is Cosmic Consciousness? The Quest for Hidden Reality

Deepak Chopra | Posted 03.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

Is there such a thing as higher consciousness? For a tiny fraction of the population who believe they have experienced God directly, this is a spiritu...

In a Moment of Time, in a Moment of Space

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 03.23.2014 | Impact
Jack Schimmelman

That overwhelming feeling separated my senses from the richness of existence just beyond a luminous curtain. As infant and old man, both of whom are wrinkly and limited, we share the ability to navigate wonder.

Vedic Cosmology: Integrating God and Physics

Mauricio Garrido, Ph.D. | Posted 03.19.2014 | Religion
Mauricio Garrido, Ph.D.

The Vedic cosmology of ancient India is incredibly rich and has many points of tangency with modern cosmology, which may help in the construction of that common ground between science and religion that CERN is looking for.

Why a Larger Multiverse Shouldn't Make You Feel Small

Max Tegmark | Posted 03.09.2014 | Science
Max Tegmark

At first glance, our universe doesn't seem very mathematical at all. The groundhog who trims our lawn has properties such as cuteness and fluffiness -- not mathematical properties. Yet we know that this groundhog -- and everything else in our universe -- is ultimately made of elementary particles such as quarks and electrons.

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 ...

Current Theory Can't Explain THIS

Space.com | Elizabeth Howell | Posted 11.13.2013 | Science

The most luminous objects in the universe keep getting more mysterious. Astronomers have discovered a new type of quasar — an incredibly bright ga...

What Shape Is The Universe?

natureheader | Ron Cowen | Posted 09.23.2013 | Science

We live in a lopsided universe: That has been a lesson that cosmologists have learned from examining the detailed structure of the radiation left over...

Cosmic 'Swirls' May Shed New Light On Birth Of Universe

| Adrian Cho | Posted 07.29.2013 | Science

Scientists have spotted swirling patterns in the radiation lingering from the big bang, the so-called cosmic microwave background (CMB). The observati...