Inflationary universe data bites dust, herbs are absent, plus a measles vaccine tale

  Nearly fourteen billion years ago expansion started. Wait! Last March’s claim that the BICEP2 telescope in Antarctica had uncovered proof that the universe had indeed expanded explosively 10-35 seconds after the Big Bang has bitten the dust–the dust that … Continue reading »

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SciAm Blog Network revamp plus List of 2014 “best of” lists, Part I

Big changes at the Scientific American Blog Network Revamping the Scientific American Blog Network is quite a big deal. As Knight Science Journalism Tracker Paul Raeburn reports, SciAm is eliminating about half the bloggers in the network and instituting a … Continue reading »

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Science for the People: Cosmology is Hard

sftpThis week, Science for the People is talking about the mindbending science trying to understand the inner workings of the Universe. Astrophysicist Ethan Siegel returns to discuss the BICEP2 experiment, and its search for the fingerprints of cosmic inflation. And they’ll talk to theoretical cosmologist Roberto Trotta about his book The Edge of the Sky: All You Need to Know about the All-There-Is, which explains the history and concepts of cosmology using the 1,000 most common words in the English language.

*Josh provides research help to Science for the People and is, therefore, completely biased.


Filed under: Curiosities of Nature Tagged: BICEP2, cosmology, Ethan Siegel, Physics, Podcast, Roberto Trotta, science for the people

Science for the People: Cosmology is Hard

sftpThis week, Science for the People is talking about the mindbending science trying to understand the inner workings of the Universe. Astrophysicist Ethan Siegel returns to discuss the BICEP2 experiment, and its search for the fingerprints of cosmic inflation. And they’ll talk to theoretical cosmologist Roberto Trotta about his book The Edge of the Sky: All You Need to Know about the All-There-Is, which explains the history and concepts of cosmology using the 1,000 most common words in the English language.

*Josh provides research help to Science for the People and is, therefore, completely biased.


Filed under: Curiosities of Nature Tagged: BICEP2, cosmology, Ethan Siegel, Physics, Podcast, Roberto Trotta, science for the people

Inflationary Universe data in question, but cheer up, there are cures for aging

Has BICEP2 lost its muscle?

Data claiming support for the inflationary theory of the Universe’s beginnings were released at a much ballyhooed press conference in March. (Cosmic inflation is the idea that the Universe expanded spectacularly right after the infinitesimal …

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