Tag: Universe

  • Old theories. New theories. All the same… (?!)

    When physicists translated a 13th-century Latin text into modern equations, they discovered that the English theologian who wrote it had unwittingly predicted the idea of the multiverse in 1225. While the work probably won’t advance current models, it does show that some of the philosophical conundrums posed by cosmology are surprisingly pervasive. In particular, Tom…

  • The soul of the universe…

    New stem cells can be created if you make the environment around normal cells, more… stressful (e.g. acidic). (1, 2) (although this discovery was later doubted – see here and here) Everything can become life. Life is in everything. What we consider dead, has the potential to become alive. What is alive, entails death. People in the…

  • Universe, Life, Divine.

    Ancient alien life might have been incubating on strange exoplanets just 15 million years after the birth of the universe. Although nothing more complex than microbes could have existed back then, the possibility may poke holes in the notion that the universe is fine-tuned for human existence. (1) But why is that notion so important?…

  • Fertilize…

    African dust once fertilized the Everglades. (1) We were once part of the stars. We are all part of everything and everything is part of us. And yet we insist so much on creating imaginary boundaries between our self and the cosmos. If only we did not think at all…

  • CMB, Plank, Earth: A fractal world.

    The most detailed map of ripples in radiation left over from the big bang – known as the cosmic microwave background, or CMB – will let cosmologists hone their theories of how the universe evolved. This new view of the CMB comes from the European Space Agency’s Planck satellite. Just how sharp is it? Find…

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