Tag: cosmic microwave background

  • Where is the coolest lab in the universe?

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    The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) performs an impressive feat every time it accelerates billions of protons to nearly the speed of light – and not in terms of the energy alone. For example, you release more energy when you clap your palms together once than the energy imparted to a proton accelerated by the LHC.…

  • Our universe, the poor man’s accelerator

    That cosmic inflation may have happened at a higher-than-anticipated energy means physicists have access to the young universe through astronomical data.

  • The Big Bang did bang

    The Hindu March 19, 2014 On March 17, the most important day for cosmology in over a decade, the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics made an announcement that swept even physicists off their feet. Scientists published the first pieces of evidence that a popular but untested theory called cosmic inflation is right. This has significant implications…