“Ten Seconds After the Big Bang” –An ‘Upside Down’ Universe and Life

 

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When antimatter and matter meet, they annihilate, and the result is light and nothing else. Given equal amounts of matter and antimatter, nothing would remain once the reaction was completed. As long as we don’t know why more matter exists than antimatter, we can’t know why the building blocks of anything else exist, either. This is one of the biggest unsolved problems in physics, says Jens Oluf Andersen at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. (more…)

Radical Re-Envisioning of How the Universe Began –“A Spiritual Quest”

 

“You say to yourself, ‘Here I am, the only one on the planet who knows this thing. Soon the rest of the world will know, but for the moment I am the only one.” In 1969, Stanford physicist Leonard Susskind imagined the basic building blocks of the universe as invisible vibrating loops of energy. This insight would form the basis of string theory and help lead to a radical re-envisioning of how the universe began.

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CERN — LHC Announces New Higgs Discovery and Mystery: “Does It Interact With Dark Matter Particles?”

 

 

“The Higgs boson is an integral component of our universe and theorized to give all fundamental particles their mass,” said Patty McBride, distinguished scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and recently elected as one of the deputy spokespeople of the CERN CMS experiment. “But we haven’t yet confirmed exactly how this field interacts — or even if it interacts — with all the particles we know about, or if it interacts with dark matter particles which remain to be detected.”

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