News for Nerds - Our Universe May Be One of Many
- 3/28/2014 |
- 10:00 am
Welcome back to News for Nerds! This week I'll show you how to open a wine bottle with a shoe, I'll explain why Thor's hammer may be the death of us all, and I'll give you an opportunity to design a real-life spacesuit. But first, here are your headlines.
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Here's some interesting perspective to start your day. In the first seconds after the Big Bang, not only was our universe created, but it looks like a bunch of other universes joined the party, too.
This according to a new report from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, which is about as credible-sounding as any sentence I can imagine. The theory goes like this: as the universe was expanding exponentially in the first tiny fraction of a second after the Big Bang, some parts of space-time expanded more quickly than others. This would have created 'bubbles' of space-time which then developed into entirely different universes.
What's more, these other universes might operate with totally separate laws of physics from those that govern our own universe. Pretty cool, huh?
Check out the full story for all the gritty details, which involve some really cool 'hard science' concepts -- stuff like gravitational waves, polarization patterns, and the flux capacitor.
- story from LiveScience, photo from Bohringer Friedrich via Wikimedia Commons
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And speaking of hard science . . . I think I lost an electron. I'd better keep an ion that.
Okay, okay, I didn't come up with that cheesy joke myself. It's one of many that popped up on Twitter this week after the folks at Popular Science asked their followers for their favorite science jokes. The results ranged from silly to hilarious. Here are a few of my favorites:
- A neutron walks into a bar and asks how much for a drink. The bartender says, "For you, no charge!"
- There are 10 kinds of people in the world: Those who understand binary, and those who don't.
- It's a good idea to use chromosomes in advertisements. Because, you know, sex cells.
- Don't trust atoms . . . they make up everything.
Got a science joke to share with me? Add it in the comments section below. Ready, set, go!
- story from Popular Science, photo from Emanuele Spies via Wikimedia Commons
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And here are a few other cool science stories (and videos!) that you might enjoy:
- Is it possible to open a bottle of wine with a shoe? Turns out that yes, it is. But don't be fooled by the experts who make it look easy. It's actually pretty hard.
- NASA has really done a terrific job in the last few years getting the general public involved in their various projects. Now they turn to you for your advice on space fashion. From now until April 15, the space agency is taking a vote on what the next generation of deep space astronaut suits will look like. Make yourself heard.
- And finally, this: Thor's hammer, if dropped accidentally, would destroy the world. Check the video:
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