June 9, 2008
Government scientists have built the world’s fastest computer. The $100 million machine is capable of performing 1,000 trillion calculations.
I know it looks a little weird reading “1,000 trillion.” Here’s what it looks like numerically:
That’s a lot of zeroes.
Here’s the kicker– The computer is basically a souped-up Playstation 3.
And to make this a bit nerdy, Lt. Commander Data, the android of Star Trek: The Next Generation fame, was capable of sixty trillion calculations per second.
June 6, 2008
A team of physicists claim that our view of the early universe contains a signature of time before the Big Bang
. This idea comes from studying cosmic microwave background
light emitted when the universe was 40,000 years old.
This may explain why we perceive time moving in a straight line, from the past to the future.
The Cobe satellite
observed fluctuations in the normally smooth radiation in 1992 that were believed to be seeds of young galaxy clusters that grew into our universe.
Scientists at Caltech
now believe these fluctuations contain hints that our universe “bubbled off” a previous one.
According to their model, new universes could be spontaneously created from apparently empty space.
This sort of thing is fascinating.
Think about. I mean, really think about it.
Discoveries like this change our entire outlook on, well, everything. The nature of our universe, of reality itself. There’s something about the way humanity looks to learn and study and discover that is fundamental to our nature and being.
Or as Warren Ellis commented:
“We learn stuff like this every single day. Every single goddamned day a new idea just falls out of the sky.
Who’d want to live anywhere else?”
May 9, 2006
A joint UK-US team has put forward an alternative theory of cosmic evolution.
It proposes that the Universe undergoes cycles of “Big Bangs” and “Big Crunches”, meaning our Universe is merely a “child of the previous one”.
It challenges the conventional view of the cosmos, which observations show to be 12-14 billion years old.
The new ideas, reported in the journal Science, may explain why the expansion of the Universe is accelerating, the researchers say.