Big History

By Kyle Hopkinson | Potential Work Articles... Random Big History Musings...most will be read AFTER tagging...I will try to tag the unit I was thinking of

Scientists Have Discovered What Existed Before The Universe

There are many scientific and non-scientific varieties of the answer about what came before Big Bang. Some say there was literally nothing and some …

Cosmology

Researchers transmit 10 bit of information with a single photon

Researchers at the University of Twente’s MESA+ research institute have managed to transmit more than 10 bit of information with a single photon. …

Earth's Evolution Was Delayed By Two Billion Years Because There Wasn't Enough Oxygen

You thought Southern Rail was late.<p>If you feel like you spend your whole life waiting around because of delays, you might want to count your blessings that you weren’t around on Earth back in its middle ages.<p>That’s because scientists have now revealed that the evolution of our planet was halted for …

If the Universe Is Expanding, What Does It Expand Into?

<i>If the universe is expanding, then what does it expand into?</i><p><b>Richard Muller:</b><p>The universe doesn't have to be expanding into anything in order to …

What We Know About Space Is Wrong? The Universe Is Actually Flat, Scientists Say

The entire universe could be a "vast and complex hologram," scientists announced Monday after studying the cosmic microwave background, or the …

Physics

First human-pig embryos made, then destroyed

<b>(CNN) —</b> To grow human organs within animal bodies has long been the dream of scientists wanting to provide transplantable hearts, lungs, kidneys and other organs for patients in need. A glimpse of possible success in this elusive goal was seen Thursday.<p>Using stem cell technologies, researchers …

Genetics

Six cosmic catastrophes that could wipe out life on Earth

If you ask yourself what the biggest threat to human existence is you’d probably think of nuclear war, global warming or a large-scale pandemic …

Conditions right for complex life may have come and gone in Earth’s distant past

News and Information<p>This is a 1.9-billion-year-old stromatolite — or mound made by microbes that lived in shallow water — called the Gunflint …

Biology

The Black Hole Poses a Moral Quandary

What would you do if you discovered a black hole? I’m not talking about the celestial variety, those massive swirling vortices of baryonic matter …

Physics

Ask Ethan: Could the Universe have begun from a Big Bounce?

And just what did come before — way before — the Big Bang?<p><i>“We are part of the universe that has developed a remarkable ability: We can hold an image</i> …

Cosmology

Even Physicists Find the Multiverse Faintly Disturbing - Issue 44: Luck

How do you feel about the multiverse?” The question was not out of place in our impromptu dinner-table lecture, yet it caught me completely …

Multiverse

Was Einstein Right, Is Time Travel Possible? Scientists Tested it

The University of Queensland Australia has done subsequent studies on time travel, its possibility aspects, and components. According to in-depth …

Does globalization lead to inequality?

Has hyper-globalization contributed to rising inequality? How can we explain international trade patterns? Why are there so many tech companies …

Equality

LIGO Black Hole Echoes Hint at General Relativity Breakdown

It was hailed as an elegant confirmation of Einstein’s general theory of relativity — but ironically the discovery of gravitational waves earlier …

Physics

What happens to Earth in 5 billion years?

What will happen to Earth when our sun becomes a red giant? A possible planet for the old star L2 Puppis may offer a sneak peek.<p>It’s common knowledge …

Astronomy

A Brief Explanation of Black Hole Physics

Black holes, the Event Horizon, and what happens when you find yourself inside one.<p>What happens when you enter a black hole is the biggest bong-rip question of astrophysics. As you'd expect, the answer is complicated. Here, PBS's Space Time attempts to tackle this confusing topic in as accessible a …

Physics

The Women You've Never Heard of Who Transformed Astrophysics

In a new book The Glass Universe, author Dava Sobel explores the invaluable contribution of Harvard College Observatory's women "computers" who helped fashion the modern field of astrophysics.<p>In the 1880s, opportunities for women in science were almost non-existent, and astronomy was dominated by …

Astronomy

When Did the Universe Begin?

According to some scientists and a model based on quantum correction, the universe may have been in existence forever. This theory complements …

Physics

Could Dark Matter Be Powering The EMdrive?

, Contributor<p>The experimental setup of the EMdrive. Image credit: H. White et al., “Measurement of Impulsive Thrust from a Closed Radio-Frequency Cavity in Vacuum”, AIAA 2016.<p>For every action, there’s an equal and opposite reaction. This formulation of Newton’s third law has two very important …

Physics

Looking for the Structure of the Universe

When soup is heated, it starts to boil. When time and space are heated, an expanding universe can emerge, without requiring anything like a "Big …

How Edwin Hubble discovered galaxies outside our own

With one observation, Hubble doubled the size of the known universe.<p>In 1923, the universe was still thought to be a small place. Astronomers believed the Milky Way galaxy was at least tens of thousands light-years across, but they thought it was all there was to the universe — one grand galaxy …

Astronomy

Dark Energy Might Not Exist

The notion that the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate is taken as fact by the physics community. The three scientists who made that …

Cosmology

What is the black hole information paradox?

In my day, things were simple. Robot dogs had wheels and laser noses. School was uphill both ways. Unwanted children removed themselves from lawns, …

3D print a baby universe at home!

Dave from Imperial College sez, "We've taken observations of the Cosmic Microwave Background from the Planck mission and turned them into a 3D …

3D Printing

My Favorite Seven Stunning Images From Hubble

1: The release of this image by Hubble of stars bursting into life, was to celebrate the 25th anniversary of this wondrous space …

What the universe looks like when viewed with radio eyes

To the naked eye, the universe we can see on a clear night is dotted with thousands of stars, but what would it look like if human eyes could see …

Tangled Up in Spacetime

“All the world’s a stage…,” Shakespeare wrote, and physicists tend to think that way, too. Space seems like a backdrop to the action of forces and …

Quantum Mechanics

The dark universe

All the matter that has ever been detected accounts for a mere 4.9% of the Universe. Most of the cosmos is the dark universe: a mix of dark matter …

Dark Matter