Cosmology

How our universe will end: 'The black holes will eat up everything else in the universe'

Robbert Dijkgraaf is a theoretical physicist and Leon Levy Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He is also the co-author of "The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge." In this video, he explains how our universe will meet its death. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><i>The black</i> …

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Book excerpt: Neil deGrasse Tyson's "Astrophysics for People in a Hurry"

Gain a more cosmic perspective with excerpts from the acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author's latest book

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Does Light Lose Energy As It Travels The Universe?

As a wave of light travels through the universe, does it lose energy? For example, what is the wavelength of 450 nm (blue) light after traveling a trillion (1,000,000,000,000) km in the universe? Thank you very much.<p>It does! This loss of energy is usually officially termed a cosmological redshift, …

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The Origin of the Universe

After the cosmic inflation ended, the expansion began to slow and the primordial plasma of radiation and high-energy sub-atomic particles began to …

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Astronomers Study Ripples In The Cosmic Web Using A Pair Of Distant Quasars

The space between galaxies is a cold and dark place filled only with a filamentous haze of hydrogen atoms left over from the Big Bang. These …

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Kevin Feige suggests the Cosmic Universe will play a big role in the MCU after Phase Three

With <b>Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2</b> now rolling out in cinemas around the globe, Marvel chief Kevin Feige has been fielding plenty of questions about …

Comics

We May Have Uncovered the First Ever Evidence of the Multiverse

Too Cold<p>For years, scientists have been baffled by a weird anomaly far away in space: a mysterious “Cold Spot” about 1.8 billion light-years across. …

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3 Creativity-Boosting Habits, Courtesy of the Universe

How many projects have you canned in the past 12 months because you deemed them unworthy of being called masterful, or even excellent? Your …

Creativity

Gary Steigman, Who Teased Out the Universe’s Dark Secrets, Dies at 76

Gary Steigman, an astronomer whose pioneering studies of the Big Bang helped show that most of the matter in the universe was not made of atoms — a finding that led to the modern conception of a universe awash in dark matter being pushed into an infinite night by dark energy — died on April 9 in …

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Is Another Universe Sitting Too Close To Us On The Multiverse Bus?

Since the 1960s, astronomers have been aware of the electromagnetic background radiation that pervades the Universe. Known as the Cosmic Microwave …

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Neil deGrasse Tyson on alien life, Nasa's future and why he doubts humans will ever walk on Mars

Welcome to the Universe: An Astrophysical Tour by deGrasse Tyson and Michael Strauss is out now<p>Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist, director of …

Space Exploration

Competing claims over cause of cosmic cold spot

A survey of more than 7000 galaxies has concluded that a mysterious cold spot in the cosmic microwave background (CMB) is not caused by a giant void …

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How We Know the Universe Is Expanding, and Accelerating

Not only is the universe expanding, that expansion is accelerating. How is that possible?<p>The universe is expanding. Everything in the universe is slowly moving farther away from everything else. Even the molecules in your body are drifting away from one another, although too slowly to measure.<p>This …

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Lawrence Krauss on Cosmic Natural Selection: Why the Universe Isn’t Fine-Tuned for Our Benefit

Back in February, <b>Lawrence Krauss</b> delivered the British Humanist Association's annual Darwin Day Lecture. He spoke about "Cosmic natural selection" -- …

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Curious Kids: Does space go on forever?

<i>This is an article from Curious Kids, a new series aimed at children. The Conversation is asking kids to send in questions they’d like an expert to</i> …

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Welcome to the Universe microsite receives a Webby

We’re pleased to announce that the accompanying microsite to Welcome to the Universe by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss, and J. Richard Gott …

LHC Could Reveal Possible Parallel Universe

Despite critics all over the world, earth has not yet been sucked into a black hole or another dimension for that matter. In reality the Large Hadron …

Parallel Universes

Where Astronomy and Gastronomy Meet

Astronomy is mostly experienced through sight. Looking at pretty pictures from space is great, but it’s only one of five senses. What about people …

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If You're Ever Questioning Your Self-Worth, Just Watch This Short Video From Alan Watts...

How do you define yourself?<p>If you’re like most people, you probably answer that question by explaining your job, your name, your background….<p>But in …

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The Doppler Effect

You're probably familiar with the sound of a siren (or a car horn, or a rumbling semi truck) as it approaches and then passes you. The sound starts …

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Double Comments of the Week #157: From physics’ predictions to Michelson-Morley

“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.” -Walter Elliot<p>It’s been two great weeks here at Starts With A Bang, …

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Could we actually find evidence for the multiverse?

<b>Perimeter Associate Faculty member Matthew Johnson and his colleagues are working to bring the multiverse hypothesis, which to some sounds like a</b> …

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20 of the best Earth and space documentaries to watch on Netflix in 2017

Humans have been gazing up at the stars since before the dawn of civilization. We intrinsically seek to know the unknowable and discover the …

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Ask Ethan: What Was The Entropy Of The Universe At The Big Bang?

Was it really a low-entropy state? And what does that mean for the second law of thermodynamics?<p><i>“Entropy shakes its angry fist at you for being</i> …

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THIS Is The Smartest Kid In The World And He Thinks CERN Destroyed Our Universe...

We are living inside a Universe that’s so complex that if we can grasp what’s happening for a moment, we’ll fall down on our knees and cry in …

Consciousness

The Missing History of the Universe: Filling In the Gaps

Jack Burns is interested in the Dark Ages of the universe. His primary research team—consisting of 22 scientists from CU, UCLA, NASA Goddard, Arizona …

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Peace on Earth: A Cosmic Perspective

Why many leading peace advocates have been scientists<p>Throughout history, some of the most active advocates for peace have been scientists. Albert …

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Supermassive Black Holes Suggest We May Be Very Wrong About How Our Universe Formed

Riddled with Holes<p>The universe can be thought of as one big, continuously expanding space. An interesting theory about this expansion assumes that …

Astrophysics

Rare supernova discovery sheds new light on cosmology

With the help of an automated supernova-hunting pipeline and a galaxy sitting 2 bil-lion light years away from Earth that's acting as a "magnifying …

Astronomy

Parallel Universes May Be the Only Hope of Surviving the Death of the Cosmos

While the little that we know about the universe usually leads us to more questions than answers, the philosophy governing the universe is full of so …

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