” ‘Smoking gun’ reveals how the inflationary Big Bang happened”

Written by: Lisa Stelzner

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I figured this blog needs to cover what is being called very big news, but I didn’t really understand it myself when I first read about it.  I will try to break it down.

This big story is about how new evidence was found that confirms how the Big Bang happened.  There are several theories about what is called the Inflationary Big Bang.  Some theorists had thought that during the big bang, the universe inflated and grew huge in a very tiny fraction of a second, seemingly faster than the speed of light.  An experiment at the South Pole called BICEP2 found evidence of gravitational waves from the Big Bang, and after three years of analysis confirmed this specific type of inflation model.  Electromagnetism and nuclear force united to become a “super-force” when the universe was created.

The implications are huge – our universe may only be one in a multiverse of many universes forming over time!

Scientists are waiting to hear if these results are confirmed with data from the
European Space Agency’s Planck mission, but are optimistic that this finding could be true and could very well lead to a Nobel Prize.


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Lisa Stelzner
I'm a plant biology PhD student studying monarch butterflies in Michigan, but I'm interested in lots of other types of science, too. I am interested in how breeding monarch butterflies choose their habitat based on floral species richness and abundance. Few studies have been conducted on optimal foraging theory when it involves an organism searching for two different kinds of resources, and butterflies are an ideal study system to investigate this, since many species are ovipositing specialists and only lay eggs on one species of hostplant, but are feeding generalists and nectar from a broad variety of flowering forbs.