Courtney Love discovers direct evidence of Big Bang cosmic inflation, and by Courtney Love, I mean scientists
Researchers from the BICEP2 collaboration today announced the first direct evidence for this cosmic inflation. Their data also represent the first images of gravitational waves, or ripples in space-time. These waves have been described as the “first tremors of the Big Bang.” Finally, the data confirm a deep connection between quantum mechanics and general relativity.
Conventional thinking has it that the universe and all the matter within it exploded out from a single point, the so-called Big Bang Singularity. But a German theoretical physicists says this never happened. Instead, the universe started empty and cold, slowly emerging from a deep freeze.
Just because the only signs of extraterrestrial life we’ve found so far has been iffy remains of ancient Martian bacteria doesn’t mean that life is something exclusive to Earth. A new study co-authored by a geneticist at the National Institutes of Health concludes that life originated elsewhere in the Universe around 9.8 billion years ago – roughly five-billion years before the Earth was even formed.
After a bunch of observations and a bunch of math and sciencey stuff and measurements and whatnot, it looks like that the universe is about 80 million years older than previously thought, which is 560 million years older in dog years.
It’s a question that’s been posed by thinkers and armchair philosophers for decades: “How do we know that our universe isn’t just a massive simulation of an incomprehensibly massive computer system?” Well, researchers from the University of Bonn in Germany have attempted to tackle the problem and it appears that they can’t entirely rule out the possibility.
Right now, scientists are slowly unraveling tiny secrets of our universe that 100 years ago would have been completely unthinkable. Multiple dimensions, the fabric of time and space itself… and perhaps at some point we might be able to find some sort of evidence that our universe might be in a multiverse. Not tomorrow, but someday maybe.