Holy Metaphors! Cosmic 'Holy Grail' discovered
Cave-Painting by numbers
An echo of the universe's
cataclysmic birth has been detected by scientists in a landmark discovery
described as the "Holy Grail" of cosmology.
Ripples in the fabric of space itself known as gravitational waves were
identified by a specially designed telescope at the south pole.
Like a cosmic
tsunami, they were generated when the universe suddenly exploded into
existence almost 14 billion years ago.
Scientists believe the cosmos expanded at an enormous rate - faster than the
speed of light - in the first tiny fraction of a second after the Big Bang.
The theory, called "inflation", was dreamed up to explain why the universe
today is so remarkably uniform. (he must be joking!)
Today's announcement from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in
the US provides the first direct "smoking gun" evidence of "inflation."
It also challenges scientists to grapple with a new mystery, because no-one
can yet explain how "inflation" happened.
The signal detected by the BICEP2 (Background Imaging of Cosmic
Extragalactic Polarazation) telescope is much stronger than expected.
"This has been like looking for a needle in a haystack, but instead we found
Science as Show Business
Cave painting by numbers,
or Cliff Richard Physics
Another day, another
breakthrough. You'll all come to love your psycho-social social-scientific
And so I asked Brian Cox did He who
made the Mountains of Mourne make thee?
Which sweetheart has the
Toni? "Professor" Brian Cox as one of the Wonders of the Universe
"As it happens"
"Galaxy 30 billion light years away confirmed as our most distant neighbour
- and it's churning out 330 stars a YEAR. This compares to two or three
stars that the Milky Way produces annually
WHAT? Galaxy's light began journey to Earth 700 million years after the
Big Bang. By 2020, we are expected to find more such galaxies at
"larger" distances (what?). This will allow us to watch "it
"as it happens if "it" is still "there (where?).
By ELLIE ZOLFAGHARIFARD
Love the lips and the lipstick pout,
Brian. By the way I didn't know your father (left and below) was still
alive. And so I asked Brian Cox
did He who made the Mountains of Mourne make thee?
Parallel Universes: Before the