Physicists Are Backing Away From the Biggest Discovery of the Century

Back in March, a group of physicists announced the first direct evidence of the Big Bang in a splashy press conference followed by Nobel prize forecasts and champagne. But scientists have since questioned the discovery, and a new paper suggests the signal detected was not evidence of the Big Bang but instead largely,… » 9/22/14 3:55pm Today 3:55pm

How big is the Universe, explained in a way you will easily understand

The Royal Observatory of Greenwich, England, has crafted three simple animations to explain three very complex things: What's inside a black hole, how do we know the age of the sun—did you know the Sun weighs 4,000 trillion trillion hippopotamuses?—and how big is the Universe. » 3/24/14 8:12pm 3/24/14 8:12pm

Here's the simplest explanation about the Big Bang discovery in the news

If you're still a little confused about why everyone is talking about The Big Bang and gravitational waves and cosmic inflation and space and twists of light and so forth, it's okay. Much smarter people are taking care of answering those questions for humanity. But it's a big effing deal so us less wrinkled brain… » 3/20/14 1:16am 3/20/14 1:16am

The Sensor Array That Made the Big Bang Discovery Possible

Astronomers have long sought tangible proof that the Big Bang caused the universe to violently and exponentially expand in the first few milliseconds of its existence. Now they have it, thanks in part to a radio telescope in Antarctica that recently detected primordial gravitational waves, the "smoking gun" evidence… » 3/18/14 11:40am 3/18/14 11:40am

Astronomers Discover First Direct Proof of the Big Bang Expansion

Somebody's going to win a Nobel Prize. At least that's what the physics community is saying after the announcement on Monday that a Harvard team has found the first direct evidence of cosmic inflation right after the Big Bang. It's more proof that the Big Bang really was the beginning of it all. » 3/17/14 12:20pm 3/17/14 12:20pm

This animation explains the Big Bang better than school did

I used to joke around about how I have learned so much more from YouTube than I ever did in school. I'm not joking anymore. Here's a nice animation from Kurzgesagt that simplifies all you need to know about the Big Bang. It's this type of education that plants a seed in my brain for future Wikipedia rabbit holes and… » 3/04/14 1:40am 3/04/14 1:40am

Here are the three ways that the universe will be destroyed

Nothing lives forever, not even our universe. Eventually it'll go kaput and be destroyed... but how? Smart people have wrapped their heads around the universe's destruction and have come upwith three different theories. The Big Rip, Heat Death (or the Big Freeze) and the Big Crunch and Big Bounce. They all sound like… » 2/04/14 6:46pm 2/04/14 6:46pm

Our Universe Might Just Be Fourth-Dimensional Black Hole Vomit

Scientists are proposing a radical new way of think about how the universe began. In a new imagining of the Big Bang theory, they think it could have been the result of a four-dimensional star collapsing in on itself to form a black hole, which then proceeded to spew its guts out and, kindly, form our universe. » 9/27/13 9:59am 9/27/13 9:59am

The Universe Is 80 Million Years Older Than We Thought

We've known for ages that the universe is 13 and a quarter billionish years old for a while, but now a recent study is tweaking that number just slightly. Findings by the European Space Agency's Planck space probe show that the universe is about 80 million years older than previously thought, bringing the total to… » 3/21/13 10:50am 3/21/13 10:50am