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Cosmology

Introducing the Higgs Boson and Its Siblings!

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 04.08.2014 | 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 03.28.2014 | 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 03.17.2014 | 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 03.01.2014 | 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...

Cosmologist Casts Doubt On Key Theory Of Universe

natureheader | Jon Cartwright | Posted 07.17.2013 | Science

It started with a bang, and has been expanding ever since. For nearly a century, this has been the standard view of the Universe. Now one cosmologist ...

Cave Art Spotlights Prehistoric View of Cosmos

LiveScience | Miriam Kramer | Posted 06.28.2013 | Science

Some of the oldest art in the United States maps humanity's place in the cosmos, as aligned with an ancient religion. A team of scientists has uncov...

Do We Live In One Universe -- Or Many?

SPACE.com | Marshall Honorof | Posted 06.05.2013 | Science

NEW YORK — Whether you believe our universe is unique or one of many coexisting realities, there's a scientific model that backs up your views. Cosm...

What Oldest Light Says About Birth Of Universe

Posted 05.28.2013 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz Published: 05/28/2013 07:47 AM EDT on SPACE.com A map of the universe based on its oldest light is giving astronomers hope t...

The Queen Of The Sciences

William Grassie | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
William Grassie

Philosophy and theology departments are increasingly irrelevant backwaters in the modern university, engaged in seemingly solipsistic debates. If they want to reclaim exalted status in the university and society, they would do well to embrace Big History.

Hunt For Elusive 'Gravity Waves' Heats Up

Posted 05.03.2013 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz Published: 05/02/2013 02:07 PM EDT on SPACE.com In the next five years or so, scientists are poised to discover proof that spa...

Speed Of Light May Not Be Constant After All, Physicists Say

Posted 04.29.2013 | Science

By: Jesse Emspak, LiveScience Contributor Published: 04/28/2013 09:35 AM EDT on LiveScience The speed of light is constant, or so textbooks say....

Frederick's Table

Paula Gordon | Posted 06.22.2013 | Impact
Paula Gordon

I find myself anchoring my grief over the loss of this remarkable man in simple objects ... little things, like our kitchen table. That may seem odd, given that Dr. Ferré was the world's leading Constructive Post-Modern philosopher, but therein lays the eternal magic of his inspiring legacy.

Spectacular Supernova Sparks Major Debate

Posted 04.21.2013 | Science

By John Matson All supernovae are bright. When a star ends its life in a cataclysmic explosion, it emits a burst of energy and light that can outshi...