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When the Black Hole Was Born

December 28th, 2010 · No Comments

When the Black Hole Was Born: Astronomers Identify the Epoch of the First Fast Growth of Black Holes ScienceDaily (Dec. 28, 2010) — Most galaxies in the universe, including our own Milky Way, harbor super-massive black holes varying in mass from about one million to about 10 billion times the size of our sun. To […]

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Booknotes: The Goldilocks Effect

November 13th, 2010 · No Comments

Comment on Goldilocks Enigma Some interesting material from P. Kinnon, and a reference to his book: Peter Kinnon said, November 13, 2010 at 1:01 am · Your observation is right on the mark. The absence of the slightest hint of teleology is a deeply entrenched dogma for almost all those in the current scientific establishment. […]

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Weighing planets

October 25th, 2010 · No Comments

A New Way to Weigh Planets ScienceDaily (Oct. 23, 2010) — An international CSIRO-led team of astronomers has developed a new way to weigh the planets in our Solar System — using radio signals from the small spinning stars called pulsars.

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NGC 300

September 11th, 2010 · No Comments

A Nearby Galactic Exemplar ScienceDaily (Sep. 11, 2010) — The European Southern Observatory has released a spectacular new image of NGC 300, a spiral galaxy similar to the Milky Way, and located in the nearby Sculptor Group of galaxies. Taken with the Wide Field Imager (WFI) at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile, this 50-hour […]

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Big Bang Was Followed by Chaos

September 8th, 2010 · No Comments

Big Bang Was Followed by Chaos, Mathematical Analysis Shows ScienceDaily (Sep. 8, 2010) — Seven years ago Northwestern University physicist Adilson E. Motter conjectured that the expansion of the universe at the time of the big bang was highly chaotic. Now he and a colleague have proven it using rigorous mathematical arguments.

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Multiverses and the Axial Age

September 7th, 2010 · 1 Comment

The reason I look askance at multiverse theories, or one of them, is that history gives us an example of ‘spectrum’ multicultures in parallel during the Axial Age, and the issue there is not the physical replication of physical universe variants, but the exploration of religious and cultural potentials in different modes, in related but […]

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Hawking rejects ID

September 2nd, 2010 · No Comments

Leading theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has argued that the idea of God creating the universe is false. In a new book hitting shelves next week, Hawking argues that there is a new series of theories has convinced him that the idea of a sentient deliberate creator of the universe was redundant. He says in the […]

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‘You are here’

August 29th, 2010 · No Comments

You are here: Incredible photo of the ‘twin star’ that is the Earth and Moon taken from 114 million miles away

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Why matter prevails

August 17th, 2010 · No Comments

Tantalizing Clues as to Why Matter Prevails in the Universe: Surprisingly Large Matter/antimatter Asymmetry Discovered

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Dune Whodunit on Saturn’s Moon Titan

August 1st, 2010 · No Comments

Blowing in the Wind: Cassini Helps With Dune Whodunit on Saturn’s Moon Titan ScienceDaily (July 31, 2010) — The answer to the mystery of dune patterns on Saturn’s moon Titan did turn out to be blowing in the wind. It just wasn’t from the direction many scientists expected.

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Dark matter inside sun

July 10th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Dark Matter May Be Building Up Inside the Sun

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Not made for us

July 8th, 2010 · No Comments

Carl Sagan: A Universe Not Made For Us By CARL SAGAN – YOUTUBE – CALLUMCGLP http://richarddawkins.net/videos/487121-carl-sagan-a-universe-not-made-for-us

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Infant solar system

June 14th, 2010 · No Comments

Zooming in on an Infant Solar System: For the First Time, Astronomers Have Observed Solar Systems in the Making in Great Detail

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Why do we exist? matter and antimatter

May 20th, 2010 · No Comments

A New Clue to Explain Existence By DENNIS OVERBYE Physicists at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory are reporting that they have discovered a new clue that could help unravel one of the biggest mysteries of cosmology: why the universe is composed of matter and not its evil-twin opposite, antimatter. If confirmed, the finding portends fundamental […]

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Death of a star

May 17th, 2010 · No Comments

Death of a Star in 3D: New Computer Models Show in Detail How Supernovae Obtain Their Shape ScienceDaily (May 17, 2010) — Massive stars end their lives in gigantic explosions, so called supernovae, and can become — for a short time — brighter than a whole galaxy, which is made up of billions of stars.

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Earliest galactic cluster

May 11th, 2010 · No Comments

Ancient City of ‘Modern’ Galaxies: May Be Most Distant Galaxy Cluster Ever Detected ScienceDaily (May 10, 2010) — Using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, a Texas A&M University-led team of astronomers has uncovered what may be the earliest, most distant cluster of galaxies ever detected.

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ET in our own backyard

April 17th, 2010 · No Comments

Signs of ET in our own backyard

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Penrose on fine-tuning

April 12th, 2010 · No Comments

Roger Penrose on Cosmic Fine-Tuning: “Incredible Precision in the Organization of the Initial Universe”

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Our universe within another?

April 9th, 2010 · No Comments

Our Universe at Home Within a Larger Universe? So Suggests Physicist’s Wormhole Research by ScienceDaily http://richarddawkins.net/articles/5404 Could our universe be located within the interior of a wormhole which itself is part of a black hole that lies within a much larger universe?

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Mini Big Bangs

March 29th, 2010 · No Comments

Scientists seek dark matter in “Big Bang” project GENEVA, Mar. 29, 2010 (Reuters) — Scientists at the CERN research center will begin trying on Tuesday to make particles collide at ultra-high power and close to the speed of light to create mini-versions of the “Big Bang” that gave birth to the universe.

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Billions more stars…

March 27th, 2010 · No Comments

Universe Has Billions More Stars Than Thought by Discovery News http://richarddawkins.net/articles/5333

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General relativity

March 11th, 2010 · No Comments

Galaxy Study Validates General Relativity on Cosmic Scale, Existence of Dark Matter ScienceDaily (Mar. 10, 2010) — An analysis of more than 70,000 galaxies by University of California, Berkeley, University of Zurich and Princeton University physicists demonstrates that the universe — at least up to a distance of 3.5 billion light years from Earth — […]

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Dragons of the gamma-ray sky

March 8th, 2010 · No Comments

NASA’s Fermi Probes ‘Dragons’ of the Gamma-Ray Sky

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Galactic lenses

March 2nd, 2010 · No Comments

Astronomically Large Lenses Measure the Age and Size of the Universe ScienceDaily (Mar. 1, 2010) — Using entire galaxies as lenses to look at other galaxies, researchers have a newly precise way to measure the size and age of the universe and how rapidly it is expanding,

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