Last month's BICEP2 discovery of gravitational waves is compelling evidence for the inflationary period just after the Big Bang. But what if there's another explanation? Continue reading →
The mysterious dark energy that's driving the universe's accelerated expansion may have its roots in the background 'vacuum energy' that pervades all of the cosmos.
Neil deGrasse Tyson's 'Cosmos' reboot has proven, once again, that the famous astronomer is one of the heavyweight science communicators of our time. Continue reading →
Records for furthest, biggest and brightest are always being broken in astronomy, but one of the more intriguing records has just been smashed. Continue reading →
Early planets may have harbored microbial life just after the universe started, warmed by cosmic radiation, says a new theory.
Too often, the term paradigm-shift is used in science reporting for things that, really, aren't much of a shift in our thinking at all -- but this black hole discovery could be THE paradigm shift we've all been waiting for.
Astronomers have found a mind-bogglingly large structure -- so big it takes light 10 billion years to traverse -- in a distant part of the universe.
Something puzzling about a very rare class of distant quasars has been uncovered -- some appear to be sucking material inwards at relativistic speeds, whereas the vast majority of quasars do exactly the opposite. Continue reading →
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