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  • Is there definitive evidence for an expanding universe?

    08/19/2014 11:11:23 AM PDT · by fishtank · 43 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | 8-19-14 | John G. Hartnett
    Is there definitive evidence for an expanding universe? by John Hartnett The spectral lines for this element still show the same distinctive pattern, but all have been shifted towards the red end of the spectrum. Expansion of the universe is fundamental to the big bang cosmology. No expansion means no big bang. By projecting cosmological expansion backwards in time, they assert, one will, hypothetically, come to a time where all points are the same. Since these points are all there is, then it logically follows that there is no space or time ‘before’ this moment. It is the singularity, and...
  • The Universe Shouldn't Be Here, According to Higgs Physics

    07/03/2014 11:34:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Live Science ^ | 06/23/2014 | Tia Ghose
    The universe shouldn't exist — at least according to a new theory. Modeling of conditions soon after the Big Bang suggests the universe should have collapsed just microseconds after its explosive birth, the new study suggests. "During the early universe, we expected cosmic inflation — this is a rapid expansion of the universe right after the Big Bang," said study co-author Robert Hogan, a doctoral candidate in physics at King's College in London. "This expansion causes lots of stuff to shake around, and if we shake it too much, we could go into this new energy space, which could cause...
  • Big Bang Mistake? Scientists Backtrack on Breakthrough Claims

    06/20/2014 11:53:10 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 21 replies
    News Max ^ | June 20 2014 | News Max
    Scientists who claimed in March they had a major discovery about the Big Bang are now saying they might have made a mistake. The Associated Press said that in a paper published Thursday, the researchers stood by their initial conclusion — that they had found long-sought evidence for a rapid ballooning of the universe a split-second after its birth. Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll But they said they could not rule out the possibility that a crucial signal they believe came from deep in the cosmos was actually caused...
  • Big Bang blunder bursts the multiverse bubble [Exercpt, click link]

    06/12/2014 8:22:20 AM PDT · by fishtank · 24 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | 6-12-14 | Alexander Williams
    Big Bang blunder bursts the multiverse bubble "Hugh Ross praised latest Big Bang inflationary theory claims but—weeks later—evolutionists admitted they got it wrong." Premature hype over gravitational waves highlights gaping holes in models for the origins and evolution of the Universe by Alexander Williams Published: 12 June 2014 (GMT+10) The above was the heading and subheading of an opinion piece by Dr Paul Steinhardt, a distinguished Professor of Physics at Princeton University, in the 5 June 2014, edition of the prestigious scientific journal Nature. The article has consequences that go far beyond the scientific establishment. On 23 April this year...
  • 'Smoking Gun' Proof of Big Bang Already In Doubt

    06/06/2014 8:29:18 AM PDT · by fishtank · 24 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 6-6-14 | Jake Hebert, Ph.D.
    'Smoking Gun' Proof of Big Bang Already In Doubt by Jake Hebert, Ph.D. * In March 2014, a team of radio astronomers using the BICEP2 telescope announced purported direct evidence for inflation, an important part of the Big Bang model.1 But only two months after this “discovery” a number of secular scientists have become increasingly skeptical.2 The original Big Bang model had a number of serious problems, including its own version of the starlight and time problem.3 In order to rescue the Big Bang from these difficulties, secular scientists proposed inflation as an ad hoc tack on to the original...
  • ‘No evidence for or against gravitational waves’: Big Bang 'ripples' too weak to be significant.

    06/02/2014 10:34:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    NATURE ^ | 06/02/2014 | RON COWEN
    The astronomers who this spring announced that they had evidence of primordial gravitational waves jumped the gun because they did not take into proper account a confounding effect of galactic dust, two new analyses suggest. Although further observations may yet find the signal to emerge from the noise, independent experts now say they no longer believe that the original data constituted significant evidence. Researchers said in March that they had found a faint twisting pattern in the polarization of the cosmic microwave background (CMB), the Big Bang’s afterglow, using a South Pole-based radio telescope called BICEP2. This pattern, they said,...
  • Astronomers find Sun's 'long-lost brother,' pave way for family reunion

    05/09/2014 1:21:14 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 05-09-2014 | Provided by University of Texas at Austin
    (Phys.org) —A team of researchers led by astronomer Ivan Ramirez of The University of Texas at Austin has identified the first "sibling" of the sun—a star almost certainly born from the same cloud of gas and dust as our star. Ramirez's methods will help astronomers find other solar siblings, which could lead to an understanding of how and where our sun formed, and how our solar system became hospitable for life. The work appears in the June 1 issue of The Astrophysical Journal. "We want to know where we were born," Ramirez said. "If we can figure out in what...
  • Problems with the Big Bang Expanding Universe Theory

    05/02/2014 2:52:50 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 22 replies
    Nextbigfuture.com ^ | 05/01/2014 | Next Big Future
    In a startling challenge to the widely-popular Big Bang theory, new evidence, to be published this week in the International Journal of Modern Physics, D, indicates that the universe is not expanding after all. . . .Key contradicted predictions:1)Lithium Prediction: Any superhot explosion throughout the universe, like the Big Bang, would have generated a certain small amount of the light element lithium. Evidence: Yet as astronomers have observed older and older stars, the amount of lithium observed has gotten less and less, and, in the oldest stars is less than one tenth of the predicted level. . . 2) Dark...
  • Americans Question the Big Bang

    04/25/2014 8:30:14 AM PDT · by fishtank · 165 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 4-25-14 | Brian Thomas
    Americans Question the Big Bang by Brian Thomas, M.S. * A new poll revealed that 51 percent of Americans question the Big Bang theory, and 54 percent of Americans believe that the universe is so complex that there must have been a designer.1 Mainstream scientists are not happy about it. The Associated Press-GfK poll queried Americans' confidence in a number of other issues—the genetic code's link to inherited traits, smoking's link to lung cancer—and the respondents expressed more confidence in these issues than they did in the Big Bang. According to AP, "Those results depress and upset some of America's...
  • Majority of Americans doubt the Big Bang Theory

    04/21/2014 1:08:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    UPI ^ | 04/21/2014 | Brooks Hays
    In a new national poll on America's scientific acumen, more than half of respondents said they were "not too confident" or "not at all confident" that "the universe began 13.8 billion years ago with a big bang." The poll was conducted by GfK Public Affairs & Corporate Communications. Scientists were apparently dismayed by this news, which arrives only a few weeks after astrophysicists located the first hard evidence of cosmic inflation. But when compared to results from other science knowledge surveys, 51 percent isn't too shameful -- or surprising. Other polls on America's scientific beliefs have arrived at similar findings....
  • Poll: Big Bang a big question for most Americans

    04/21/2014 2:52:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 74 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 21, 2014 3:42 AM EDT | Seth Borenstein and Jennifer Agiesta
    Few Americans question that smoking causes cancer. But they express bigger doubts as concepts that scientists consider to be truths get further from our own experiences and the present time, an Associated Press-GfK poll found. Americans have more skepticism than confidence in global warming, the age of the Earth and evolution and have the most trouble believing a Big Bang created the universe 13.8 billion years ago. Rather than quizzing scientific knowledge, the survey asked people to rate their confidence in several statements about science and medicine. […] About 4 in 10 say they are not too confident or outright...
  • Physicist: Big Bang Breakthrough 'Confirms Creation'

    03/20/2014 1:46:53 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 136 replies
    WND ^ | 3-19-2014
    MATTERS OF FAITH PHYSICIST: BIG BANG BREAKTHROUGH 'CONFIRMS CREATION' 'To deny this now is to deny scientific fact' March 19, 2014 An Israeli physicist says the breakthrough scientific discovery of further evidence of the Big Bang theory, which some are calling “cosmology’s missing link,” confirms the universe was created.“One thing the announcement does do is make it clear that the universe had a definite starting point – a creation – as described in the book of Genesis,” Bar Ilan University physics Professor Nathan Aviezer told the Times of Israel.“To deny this now is to deny scientific fact.”A team of scientists...
  • 'Smoking Gun' Evidence of Inflation?

    03/26/2014 5:59:56 PM PDT · by lasereye · 2 replies
    ICR ^ | March, 2014 | Jake Hebert, Ph.D.*
    On March 17, a team of radio astronomers announced they discovered purportedly direct evidence for cosmic inflation—a critical component of the modern Big Bang model. To make this discovery, the researchers used a specialized telescope called BICEP2 located on the Antarctic plateau.1 Radiation that has its strongest intensity in the microwave portion of the electromagnetic spectrum comes to us from all directions in space. Secular researchers interpret this cosmic microwave background radiation (CMB) as "relic radiation" from a time about 400,000 years after the alleged cosmic explosion. Now, a team of astronomers led by John M. Kovac of the Harvard-Smithsonian...
  • 'Smoking Gun' Evidence of Inflation?

    03/21/2014 9:33:02 AM PDT · by fishtank · 15 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 3-21-2014 | Jake Hebert
    'Smoking Gun' Evidence of Inflation? by Jake Hebert, Ph.D. * On March 17, a team of radio astronomers announced they discovered purportedly direct evidence for cosmic inflation—a critical component of the modern Big Bang model. To make this discovery, the researchers used a specialized telescope called BICEPS2 located on the Antarctic plateau.1 Radiation that has its strongest intensity in the microwave portion of the electromagnetic spectrum comes to us from all directions in space. Secular researchers interpret this cosmic microwave background radiation (CMB) as "relic radiation" from a time about 400,000 years after the alleged cosmic explosion. Now, a team...
  • Whether You Believe in ‘big bang’ theory or creationism, you’ll want to read this…

    03/18/2014 7:57:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 101 replies
    KFOR TV ^ | 03/18/2014 | A. Edwards
    There’s no way for us to know exactly what happened some 13.8 billion years ago, when our universe burst onto the scene. But scientists announced Monday a breakthrough in understanding how our world as we know it came to be. If the discovery holds up to scrutiny, it’s evidence of how the universe rapidly expanded less than a trillionth of a second after the Big Bang. “It teaches us something crucial about how our universe began,” said Sean Carroll, a physicist at California Institute of Technology, who was not involved in the study. “It’s an amazing achievement that we humans,...
  • Evidence of young universe's growth spurt is discovered

    03/18/2014 1:56:49 AM PDT · by blueplum · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 17, 2014 11:56pm | Amina Khan
    Researchers focusing on gravitational waves find the first direct evidence for the theory of cosmic inflation, a faster-than-light expansion just after the big bang. Scientists staring at the faint afterglow from the universe's birth 13.8 billion years ago have discovered the first direct evidence for the theory of cosmic inflation — the mysterious and violent expansion after the big bang. The findings, made using radio telescopes at the South Pole, support the idea that our known cosmos make up just a tiny fragment in a much larger, unknown frontier that extends far beyond the reaches of light. During this period...
  • Detection of Waves in Space Buttresses Landmark Theory of Big Bang

    03/17/2014 8:46:48 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 80 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 17, 2014 | DENNIS OVERBYE
    On Monday, Dr. Guth’s starship came in. Radio astronomers reported that they had seen the beginning of the Big Bang, and that his hypothesis, known undramatically as inflation, looked right. Reaching back across 13.8 billion years to the first sliver of cosmic time with telescopes at the South Pole, a team of astronomers led by John M. Kovac of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics detected ripples in the fabric of space-time — so-called gravitational waves — the signature of a universe being wrenched violently apart when it was roughly a trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second...
  • Big bang birthday: Six lingering mysteries of a cosmic bombshell

    03/04/2014 6:45:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 03/04/2014 | Lisa Grossman
    In 1964, a pair of engineers at Bell Labs in New Jersey tried to build a better antenna and ended up uncovering the origins of the universe. After ruling out city noise, nuclear bombs and pigeon poop, Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson argued that a strange radio hiss in their readings was the first confirmed signal of the cosmic microwave background (CMB). This relic glow emerged as a result of the big bang and now permeates the universe. The discovery solidified big bang theory as our best explanation for cosmic origins, and Penzias and Wilson went on to net a...
  • Astrophysicists duo propose Planck star as core of black holes

    02/17/2014 10:49:25 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | February 14, 2014 | Bob Yirka
    The current thinking regarding black holes is that they have two very simple parts, an event horizon and a singularity. Because a probe cannot be sent inside a black hole to see what is truly going on, researchers have to rely on theories. The singularity theory suffers from what has come to be known as the "information paradox"—black holes appear to destroy information, which would seem to violate the rules of general relativity, because they follow rules of quantum mechanics instead. This paradox has left deep thinking physicists such as Stephen Hawking uneasy—so much so that he and others have...
  • Astronomers discover oldest star: Formed shortly after the Big Bang 13. 7 billion years ago

    02/10/2014 7:49:57 AM PST · by EveningStar · 25 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | February 9, 2014
    A team led by astronomers at The Australian National University has discovered the oldest known star in the Universe, which formed shortly after the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago. The discovery has allowed astronomers for the first time to study the chemistry of the first stars, giving scientists a clearer idea of what the Universe was like in its infancy.
  • Big-bang-defying giant of astronomy passes away (article)

    01/02/2014 9:11:49 AM PST · by fishtank · 30 replies
    Creation.com ^ | 12-31-13 | John G. Hartnett
    Big-bang-defying giant of astronomy passes away by John G. Hartnett Published: 31 December 2013 (GMT+10) Halton Arp passed away on Saturday morning 28th December 2013 in Munich, Germany. He will be sorely missed by many but not so much by others because of his challenges to the ruling big bang paradigm. With Geoffrey Burbidge and others, Professor Halton Arp was a thorn in the side of those who held to the standard story line of the big bang. In many papers and several books1 he promoted the idea that quasars are born from the nucleus of active galaxies—parent galaxies. In...
  • Forget Big Bang-'Rainbow Gravity' theory-universe has NO beginning & stretches out infinitely

    12/15/2013 1:55:43 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | December 11, 2013 | Ellie Zolfagharifard
    To think that our universe is 13.8 billion years old is incredible enough. But now researchers are proposing that the universe stretches back into time infinitely with no singular point where it started. The idea is one possible result of something known as ‘rainbow gravity’- a theory that is not widely accepted among physicists, though many say the idea is interesting. The theory’s name comes from a suggestion that gravity's effect on the cosmos is felt differently by varying wavelengths of light, which can be found in the colours of the rainbow. The theory was proposed 10 years ago in...
  • Goodbye Big Bang, hello black hole? A new theory of the universe's creation

    09/19/2013 6:56:01 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 34 replies
    Phys.org ^ | 9/19/13 | Elizabeth Howell
    Goodbye Big Bang, hello black hole? A new theory of the universe's creation Enlarge Artist’s conception of the event horizon of a black hole. Credit: Victor de Schwanberg/Science Photo Library Could the famed "Big Bang" theory need a revision? A group of theoretical physicists suppose the birth of the universe could have happened after a four-dimensional star collapsed into a black hole and ejected debris. Before getting into their findings, let's just preface this by saying nobody knows anything for sure. Humans obviously weren't around at the time the universe began. The standard theory is that the universe grew from...
  • Swirls in the Afterglow of the Big Bang Could Set Stage for Major Discovery

    07/28/2013 9:51:58 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 19 replies
    ScienceMag.org ^ | 7/25/13 | Adrian Cho
    Scientists have spotted swirling patterns in the radiation lingering from the big bang, the so-called cosmic microwave background (CMB). The observation itself isn't Earth-shaking, as researchers know that these particular swirls or "B-modes" originated in conventional astrophysics, but the result suggests that scientists are closing in on a much bigger prize: B-modes spawned by gravity waves that rippled through the infant universe. That observation would give them a direct peek into the cosmos' first fraction of a second and possibly shed light on how it all began."I see it as a big step forward," says Charles Bennett, a cosmologist...
  • Stephen Hawking lays out case for Big Bang without God

    04/19/2013 6:47:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 160 replies
    NBC News ^ | 04/19/2013 | Rod Pyle
    PASADENA, Calif. — Our universe didn't need any divine help to burst into being, famed cosmologist Stephen Hawking told a packed house here at the California Institute of Technology Tuesday night. Many people had begun queuing up for free tickets to Hawking's 8:00 p.m lecture, titled "The Origin of the Universe," 12 hours earlier. By 6:00 p.m. local time, the line was about a quarter-mile long. A second auditorium and a Jumbotron-equipped lawn, which itself was jammed with an estimated 1,000 viewers, were needed to handle the crowd. At least one person was observed offering $1,000 for a ticket, with...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Planck Maps the Microwave Background

    03/25/2013 5:00:35 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    NASA ^ | March 25, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: What is our universe made of? To help find out, ESA launched the Planck satellite to map, in unprecedented detail, slight temperature differences on the oldest surface known -- the background sky left billions of years ago when our universe first became transparent to light. Visible in all directions, this cosmic microwave background is a complex tapestry that could only show the hot and cold patterns observed were the universe to be composed of specific types of energy that evolved in specific ways. The results, reported last week, confirm again that most of our universe is mostly composed of...
  • Best Image of Big Bang Afterglow Ever Confirms Standard Cosmology

    03/23/2013 10:44:05 PM PDT · by neverdem · 57 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 21 March 2013 | Adrian Cho
    Enlarge Image No big surprise. Planck has mapped the cosmic microwave background to great precision, but found nothing clearly incompatible with the standard cosmology. Credit: ESA If the universe were ice cream, it would be vanilla. That's the take-home message from researchers working with the European Space Agency's orbiting Planck observatory, who today released the most precise measurements yet of the afterglow of the big bang—the so-called cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation. The new data from Planck confirm cosmologists' standard model of how the universe sprang into existence and what it's made of. That may disappoint scientists who were...
  • Strange 'Methuselah' Star Looks Older Than the Universe

    03/08/2013 5:17:11 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 30 replies
    Space ^ | 3-7-2013 | Mike Wall
    The oldest known star appears to be older than the universe itself, but a new study is helping to clear up this seeming paradox. Previous research had estimated that the Milky Way galaxy's so-called "Methuselah star" is up to 16 billion years old. That's a problem, since most researchers agree that the Big Bang that created the universe occurred about 13.8 billion years ago. The uncertainty Bond refers to is plus or minus 800 million years, which means the star could actually be 13.7 billion years old — younger than the universe as it's currently understood, though just barely. Now...
  • Man's Millions-of-years Mathematical Myth debunked

    02/22/2013 4:36:45 AM PST · by koinonia · 138 replies
    This is from a blog from a priest which I found original and convincing regarding the age of the human race:Man's Millions-of-years Mathematical Myth debunked: p*b y = x Let me propose an argument, rather simple, but which should convincingly indicate that the human race - whether through evolution or as an intact race - cannot date tens or hundreds of thousands of years back (let alone millions and zillions!). The argument is based on population growth and the 7 billion people on earth as of 2012. Seven BILLION people is a LOT of people and so one can readily...
  • Big Bang bashing boffins ‘Big Bounce’ back to BIRTH OF TIME

    11/30/2012 11:27:15 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 51 replies
    The Register ^ | 29th November 2012 23:54 GMT | By Richard Chirgwin
    A group of Penn State physicists says the universe we now see could have arisen from a "Big Bounce" rather than a Big Bang. The new work by Penn State, led by professor Abhay Ashtekar, director of the Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos, proposes ways to apply quantum physics "further back in time than ever before – right back to the beginning," the university says in a release. We have a pretty good idea of the large-scale structures of the universe when it was only a few hundred thousand years old. That comes from studying the fingerprint of the...
  • Creationism or Evolution?

    11/18/2012 6:18:07 AM PST · by GonzoII · 121 replies
    Stay Catholic .Com ^ | 2001 | Sebastian R. Fama
    Creationism or Evolution?by Sebastian R. Fama Is it possible to know that God exists even though we cannot see or touch Him? Well, we believe that radio waves exist and we can’t see or touch them. And we believe it because the evidence allows for no other conclusion. We turn on a television and we see and hear someone who is many miles away. Adjusting the antenna changes the quality of the picture. Disconnect the antenna, and there is no picture. Obviously the television is receiving the pictures and sound from the air. Thus we can know that radio...
  • First map produced of universe 11 billion years ago

    11/14/2012 6:42:06 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 11/14/12 | Chris Wickham | Reuters
    LONDON (Reuters) - An international team of astronomers has produced the first map of the universe as it was 11 billion years ago, filling a gap between the Big Bang and the rapid expansion that followed. The study, published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics, shows the universe went through a phase roughly three billion years after the Big Bang when expansion actually started to slow, before the force of so-called 'dark energy' kicked in and sent galaxies accelerating away from each other. Much is known about the immediate aftermath of the Big Bang from studies of its afterglow in...
  • Inflating the Evidence

    06/27/2012 8:49:56 PM PDT · by lasereye · 18 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 2007 | David F. Coppedge
    In their quest to disprove design in the universe, scientists have produced evermore speculative models of cosmology. Big Bang cosmology, for example, relies heavily on a process called inflation, an ad hoc speculation that remains highly controversial 26 years after it was first proposed. By the 1980s, cosmologists were struck by the homogeneity and flatness of our universe. In other words, matter appears to be uniformly distributed on a large scale, and the average density of matter in the universe is balanced against its expansion rate to a high degree of precision. These and other properties appear too finely tuned...
  • Does this picture show the 'ghost' of a universe that existed before the Big Bang?

    06/12/2012 5:04:55 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 38 replies
    Daily Galaxy ^ | 6/10/12
    June 10, 2012 Image of the Day: Evidence of a Past Universe? Circular Patterns in the Cosmic Microwave Background              Stephen Hawking has said: "We should look for evidence of a collision with another universe in our distant Past." Some experts believe that what we call the universe may only be one of many. Is there any conceivable way that we could ever detect and study other universes if they exist? Is it even falsifiable? This was a key question Hawking was was asked in an interview with the BBC. "Our best bet for a theory of everything...
  • VISTA stares deep into the cosmos: Treasure trove of new infrared data made available to astronomers

    03/21/2012 11:13:00 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 13 replies
    www.physorg.com ^ | 03-21-2012 | Staff
    ESO's VISTA telescope has created the widest deep view of the sky ever made using infrared light. This new picture of an unremarkable patch of sky comes from the UltraVISTA survey and reveals more than 200 000 galaxies. It forms just one part of a huge collection of fully processed images from all the VISTA surveys that is now being made available by ESO to astronomers worldwide. UltraVISTA is a treasure trove that is being used to study distant galaxies in the early Universe as well as for many other science projects. The telescope has been trained on the same...
  • Hubble snaps photo of 13 billion year old galaxy — oldest on record

    01/14/2012 8:25:47 AM PST · by Red Badger · 53 replies
    http://www.thestatecolumn.com ^ | 01-14-2012 | Staff
    NASA Hubble Space Telescope has captured an image of the oldest galaxy on record, the space administration announced Tuesday. The space administration said it has captured an image of a group of galaxies located 13.1 billion light years away. The team said the galaxies represent a cluster in the initial stages of development. “These galaxies formed during the earliest stages of galaxy assembly, when galaxies had just started to cluster together,” said Michele Trenti of the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge in the U.K. “The result confirms our theoretical understanding...
  • The Multiverse Gods, part 1 (Explaining the Origins of our Universe without Referring to God)

    07/10/2011 2:45:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    The Procrustean ^ | 06/23/2011
    Victor Stenger, a retired physics prof from the University of Hawaii, has given us two books that explain both atheism and "multiverses", and behold, they are one. Few other proponents of multiverses are quite as forthcoming with their logic, but clearly something besides data must motivate the science of multiverses, because by definition multiverses are not observable. Stenger makes the connection explicit, whereas Hawking or Susskind is a little more coy with their metaphysics. Multiverse-theory is designed for one purpose, and one purpose only, and that is to defend atheism. It makes no predictions, it gives no insight, it provides...
  • Some Black Holes May Pre-Date The Big Bang, Say Cosmologists

    05/03/2011 12:23:32 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 62 replies
    www.technologyreview.com ^ | 05/03/2011 | Staff
    If the Universe expands and contracts in cycles of Big Bangs and Crunches, some black holes may survive from one era to the next, according to a new analysis Black holes are regions of space in which gravity is so strong that nothing can escape, not even light. Conventionally, black holes form during a gravitational collapse, after a large supernova for example. But there is another class of objects called primordial black holes that cosmologists think must have formed in a different way. These are essentially leftovers from the hugely dense ball of stuff from which the universe expanded, some...
  • Evidence of Big Bang May Disappear in 1 Trillion Years

    04/13/2011 8:47:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 49 replies
    SPACE.com ^ | 4/13/11 | Clara Moskowitz
    While astronomers are largely baffled by the question of how the universe began, they should probably hurry up and figure it out. In the far future, most of the evidence will be long gone, a new study suggests. Though future astronomers will likely have the benefit of advanced technology and a more sophisticated understanding of physics, they won't be able to take advantage of the last vestiges of evidence left over from the Big Bang. The trace signals from the explosion that set the universe in motion 13.7 billion years ago will likely be all gone 1 trillion years from...
  • The Big Bang Never Happened

    03/07/2011 1:44:47 PM PST · by wendy1946 · 133 replies
    YouTube ^ | 6/9/09 | Randall Meyers
    In nine parts on YouTubePart 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6Part 7Part 8Part 9 A spectacular exposition featuring heavyweights in astronomy, mathematics, plasma physics, cosmology etc. including Halton Arp, Tony Peratt, Eric Lerner, Fred Hoyle and a number of others, and yet comprehensible to the educated layman. The "big bang" which we've heard about all our lives turns out to be junk physics.
  • God was behind Big Bang, universe no accident: Pope Benedict

    01/06/2011 12:57:47 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 108 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 01/06/2011 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – God's mind was behind complex scientific theories such as the Big Bang, and Christians should reject the idea that the universe came into being by accident, Pope Benedict said on Thursday. "The universe is not the result of chance, as some would want to make us believe," Benedict said on the day Christians mark the Epiphany, the day the Bible says the three kings reached the site where Jesus was born by following a star. "Contemplating it (the universe) we are invited to read something profound into it: the wisdom of the creator, the inexhaustible creativity...
  • God was behind Big Bang, universe no accident: Pope

    01/06/2011 6:32:35 AM PST · by starlifter · 29 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 6, 2011 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – God's mind was behind complex scientific theories such as the Big Bang, and Christians should reject the idea that the universe came into being by accident, Pope Benedict said on Thursday. "The universe is not the result of chance, as some would want to make us believe," Benedict said on the day Christians mark the Epiphany, the day the Bible says the three kings reached the site where Jesus was born by following a star.
  • No evidence of time before Big Bang

    12/12/2010 8:51:25 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 46 replies · 1+ views
    Nature ^ | 12/10/10 | Edwin Cartlidge
    Latest research deflates the idea that the Universe cycles for eternity.Our view of the early Universe may be full of mysterious circles — and even triangles — but that doesn't mean we're seeing evidence of events that took place before the Big Bang. So says a trio of papers taking aim at a recent claim that concentric rings of uniform temperature within the cosmic microwave background — the radiation left over from the Big Bang — might, in fact, be the signatures of black holes colliding in a previous cosmic 'aeon' that existed before our Universe.
  • In The Beginning: Shedding Light on Creation

    11/24/2010 12:38:02 PM PST · by ImProudToBeAnAmerican · 4 replies
    www.InspireTomorrow.com ^ | Nov 23, 2010 | Rosemarie Thompson
    “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness [was] upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” (Genesis 1:1-3 KJV) In the first three verses of Genesis, we have the order of initial creation. God first establishes that He created everything, and then He proceeds to reveal the secret of how He did it, a secret scientists are just now unraveling. According to creation scientists, the void...
  • Proof of extra dimensions possible next year: CERN

    11/16/2010 5:24:57 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 15, 2010 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - Scientists at the CERN research center say their "Big Bang" project is going beyond all expectations and the first proof of the existence of dimensions beyond the known four could emerge next year. In surveys of results of nearly 8 months of experiments in their Large Hadron Collider (LHC), they also say they may be able to determine by the end of 2011 whether the mystery Higgs particle, or boson, exists. Guido Tonelli, spokesman for one of the CERN specialist teams monitoring operations in the vast, subterranean LHC, said probing for extra dimensions -- besides length, breadth, height...
  • Large Hadron Collider Creates 'Mini Big Bang' with Lead Ions

    11/08/2010 9:22:04 AM PST · by lbryce · 57 replies
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | November 8, 2010 | Staff
    The latest experiment at CERN went ahead despite warnings by a group called Heavy Ion Alert that it could trigger a catastrophic chain reaction that might destroy the Earth. The reaction created temperatures a million times hotter than the centre of the Sun, which have not been reached since the first billionths of a second following the Big Bang. This was expected to cause atomic particles such as protons and neutrons to melt, producing a "soup" of matter in a state previously unseen on Earth. Scientists, including British particle physicists, will now study the particles in the hope of...
  • After Big Bang Came Moment of Pure Chaos, Study Finds (order eventually came out of chaos?)

    10/05/2010 10:58:20 AM PDT · by WebFocus · 82 replies · 1+ views
    Space.com ^ | 10/05/2010 | Clara Moskowitz
    <p>The universe was in chaos after the Big Bang kick-started the cosmos, a new study suggests.</p> <p>While one might expect the explosion that began the universe to wreak some havoc, scientists mean something very specific when they refer to chaos. In a chaotic system, small changes can cause large-scale effects. A commonly cited example is the "butterfly effect" — the idea that a butterfly beating its wing in Brazil can bring about a tornado in Texas.</p>
  • Mysterious Q Balls -Created in the Heat of the Newborn Universe: Are They SciFi or SciFact?

    09/11/2010 5:00:25 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 34 replies
    Daily Galaxy ^ | 9/10/10 | Casey Kazan
    Q-balls zoom through the Universe, according to CERN physicist Brian Cox, vaporizing stars and flouting the laws of physics. Each one is like a new universe in a nutshell. Inside a Q-ball, the familiar forces that hold our world together don't exist, which means that a single Q-ball can eat the heart out of a super-dense star,causing it to self-destruct in an almighty cosmic explosion. This was the scientific premise of the scifi thriller, Sunshine, directed by Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, The Beach). That's the fiction. The fact is that a Q-ball would travel through a light star like the sun...
  • Stephen Hawking Picks Physics Over God for Big Bang

    Physics was the reason for the Big Bang, not God, according to scientist Stephen Hawking. "Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing," the professor said in his new book, in a challenge to traditional religious beliefs. "It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going," he wrote in his book "The Grand Design," extracts of which are printed in London newspaper The Times. The book, co-written by American physicist Leonard Mlodinow and published next week, sets out to contest Sir Isaac...
  • Stephen Hawking: God was not needed to create the Universe

    09/02/2010 6:21:27 AM PDT · by tlb · 223 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 02 Sep 2010 | Laura Roberts
    The Big Bang was the result of the inevitable laws of physics and did not need God to spark the creation of the Universe, Stephen Hawking has concluded. In his latest book, The Grand Design, an extract of which is published in Eureka magazine in The Times, Hawking said: “Because there is a law such as gravity, the Universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the Universe exists, why we exist.” “It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the...