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Imperial College London: The Big Bang might have been just a Big Bounce

After making its way around the world, the incredible exhibition of Stanley Kubrick’s work has arrived in San Francisco. Adam Savage tours the exhibit to show you some of his favorite items. From rare camera equipment to pre-production artwork and film props, these objects connect us to one of cinema’s greatest minds.

PBS: How Cosmic Inflation Flattened the Universe | Space Time

Although much of the Big Bang Theory is widely accepted to be true, it only gets us part of the way there. Observable truths such as the CMB and the flatness of our universe reveal that there is no way the universe has been expanding at a constant rate since its beginning. It turns out …

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PBS: Space Time | What’s Wrong With the Big Bang Theory?

There’s a problem with the Big Bang Theory. Now that we have a primer on the aspects of the Big Bang Theory that we know definitely happened, let’s look further into what we don’t yet know, and how the theory could progress in the future. Since there is a discrepancy between general relativity and quantum …

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Gresham College: A Cosmic Perspective: Panel Discussion

The Royal Society was founded at a Gresham College lecture delivered by Robert Hooke. We imagine that it would have been something like this panel which features five of the Emeritus Gresham Professors of Astronomy and thus the leading thinkers in the field. Together, the panel tackles issues of profound importance to the future of …

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TED: This New Telescope Might Show Us the Beginning of the Universe | Wendy Freedman

When and how did the universe begin? A global group of astronomers wants to answer that question by peering as far back in time as a large new telescope will let us see. Wendy Freedman headed the creation of the Giant Magellan Telescope, under construction in South America; at TEDGlobal in Rio, she shares a …

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Gresham College: Carolin Crawford | The Early Universe

When did the first stars form? And how did they assemble to form the earliest galaxies? Professor Carolin Crawford shows what happened during the ‘dark ages’ that span the period between the Big Bang and the first galaxies, and how the very early Universe came to resemble the one we see around us now. Gresham …

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Lloyd Knox: Images of the Infant Universe

Dr. Lloyd Knox (University of California, Davis) Professor Knox leads the U.S. team determining the basic characteristics of the cosmos from the data recently acquired by the European Space Agency’s Planck satellite. He shows the detailed images of the sky obtained by Planck, pictures made from light that has been traveling our way for nearly …

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Nature: New data on the Big Bang

Published on Mar 17, 2014 Scientists from the Centre for Astrophysics have found evidence of gravitational waves created mere moments after the dawn of the Universe. These waves were created in a period of rapid expansion called cosmic inflation. This new evidence could prove the definitive confirmation of the inflation theory. It seems that finally, …

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Institute of Physics: How Big is the Universe?

This video by The Institute of Physics explains how astronomers have learnt to measure the distance to the stars. How many stars are in the observable universe and is it possible to comprehend the size of it all?

ESA Euronews: Planck maps the dawn of time

Scientists have traced a unique new map of the first light of the universe, and raised profound questions about the Big Bang.The image of the cosmic microwave background they have released was taken by ESA’s Planck satellite, and its results could have a significant impact on the field of cosmology.