The detection of gravitational waves has opened the door to a new realm of cosmological discovery. I have a very clear memory of the moment I knew I wanted to become a scientist – it was when Neil Armstrong stood on the Moon, in 1969. I was in my first year at a not-very-well-to-do high … Continue reading Next Big Thing: Beyond black holes
In 1927, Catholic priest Georges Lemaître published a paper in the Annales de la Societe scientifique de Bruxelles in which he reviewed the General Theory of Relativity, published by Albert Einstein in 1916, and found that not only was the Universe expanding, but that it had originated at a finite point in time. Few people … Continue reading Georges Lemaître comes in with a bang
A huge collaboration of scientists reports important new findings about the shape of the universe and the mysterious force that shapes it. Andrew Masterson reports.
Pristine by name and by nature, a star with almost no complex elements gives clues to the early universe Alan Duffy reports.
Imaging galaxies from 13 billion years ago reveals surprising results. Richard A Lovett reports.
Huge, highly excited atoms may give off flashes of light when hit by a gravitational wave.
Two galaxy clusters are merging together in “one of the biggest bangs in the universe since the Big Bang”, say astronomers. Andrew Masterson reports.
The Square Kilometre Array will peer to the edge of the universe and generate more daily data than the world’s internet traffic. Learning to filter the deluge is already triggering new tools for Big Data. Elizabeth Finkel reports.
The failure so far to find gravitational waves has some cosmologists wondering if the ‘inflationary’ theory of the Big Bang is right. Michael D. Lemonick explains.
The Large Hadron Collider is a giant time machine for physicists. By Katie Mack.
Scientists who claimed to have detected gravitational waves may have been fooled by swirling galactic dust. It’s a good example of how certainty is hard to come by in science, writes Katie Mack.
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