mrt 182014
First Direct Evidence of Cosmic Inflation and the Big Bang

  Almost 14 billion years ago, the Universe we inhabit burst into existence in an extraordinary event that initiated the Big Bang. In the first fleeting fraction of a second, the Universe expanded exponentially, stretching far beyond the view of our best telescopes. All this, of course, was just theory.  Image Credit: NASA Researchers from [continue reading]

feb 282012
In the Early Universe, Rapid Expansion or Something Very Weird

Without cosmic inflation, models explaining the early universe require “exotic physics,” like a speed of sound faster than the speed of light, UB researchers say The research, according to UB’s Kinney, “puts the idea of inflation on a much stronger footing” but, he says, other models may still be possible. (Credit: Patty Wallace)   The [continue reading]