Tag Archives: Cosmology

Cosmic mappers win share of glitzy spotlight

This year’s Breakthrough Prizes, cast as the “Oscars of Science,” are going to genetic engineers, disease fighters, math whizzes — and the scientists on the cosmos-mapping team behind the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe, or WMAP. Today’s award of $22 million in prizes is … Continue reading

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This galaxy is made of 99.99% dark matter

About 85 percent of the mass of the universe consists of mysterious stuff known as dark matter, but a galaxy called Dragonfly 44 appears to be even darker: 99.99 percent dark, according to newly published findings. Dragonfly 44, which lies about … Continue reading

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Maybe black holes aren’t as bad as we think

Black holes may have gotten a bad rap. And wormholes just might be a realistic way to travel Star Trek-style after all. Years ago, the traditional wisdom about those exotic cosmic phenomena was pretty forbidding: Once something fell into a … Continue reading

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Hubble sets new mark for farthest-out galaxy

Like the rockers in “This Is Spinal Tap,” astronomers cranked the dials on the Hubble Space Telescope up to 11 to identify what they say is the farthest-out galaxy ever detected, from a time when the universe was a mere 400 million … Continue reading

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There’s no evidence we live in a hologram … yet

Is our universe a two-dimensional hologram? It sounds like science fiction straight from “The Matrix,” but scientists are checking out the hypothesis for real. So far, the answer is no. The experiments are being conducted at Fermilab in Illinois, using … Continue reading

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General relativity gets a 100th birthday party

This week’s 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity is a geeky cause for celebration, but what’s arguably the concept’s toughest test has just gotten under way. General relativity was a follow-up to special relativity, Einstein’s big idea from … Continue reading

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‘Origins’ concert sets the Big Bang to music

The Big Bang never looked, or sounded, so good: The piece de resistance for this week’s SpaceFest in Seattle is a symphonic review of 13.8 billion years of cosmic history, from its expansive beginnings to an unpredictable sonic wave of emergent … Continue reading

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