“The Loophole” –The Discovery That Could Have Predicted Why the Universe Exists

 

“The Standard Model as it stands cannot possibly be right because it cannot predict why the universe exists,” said Gerald Gabrielse, the Board of Trustees Professor of Physics at Northwestern University.

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The Spooky Reality Behind the Quantum Universe –“We Haven’t a Clue What It Is”

 

“The world of quantum phenomena is full of paradoxes incomprehensible to human intuition and inexplicable to classical physics.”

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A Big Question –“Is Gravity Leaking Out of Our Universe Into Other Dimensions?”

 

One of the big questions in physics is why the expansion of the universe is accelerating. One theory is that gravity is leaking out of our universe into other dimensions. To test this idea, researchers looked at data from recently discovered gravitational waves. If our universe was leaking gravity through these other dimensions, the researchers reasoned, then the gravitational waves would be weaker than expected after traveling across the universe.

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“Nixed?” –The Reality of Dark Energy and the Higgs Field

 

“The discovery of dark energy has greatly changed how we think about the laws of nature,” said Edward Witten,  one of the world’s leading theorists at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J.

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Afterglow of Big Bang Blurs the Standard Model

 

The Standard Model of cosmology describes this history of the universe, from the first seconds after the Big Bang to the current day. The beauty of it: The model explains, with only six parameters, everything known today about the birth and evolution of the universe. Nonetheless, the model may now have reached its limits.

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“Black Holes Don’t Exist” –‘Ripples of Space-time Were Created by Wormholes (Today’s Most Popular)

 

The confirmation of echoes in the LIGO or Virgo signals would be a practically irrefutable proof that astrophysical black holes don’t exist. Time will tell if these wormhole echoes exist or not. “If the result were positive, it would be one of the greatest discoveries in the history of physics,” said Pablo Bueno with KU Leuven University (Belgium).

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