From: LARRY KLAES (ljk4_at_msn.com)
Date: Thu Jul 06 2006 - 09:59:15 PDT
>From: Clark Whelton <cwhelton_at_MINDSPRING.COM>
>Reply-To: History of Astronomy Discussion Group <HASTRO-L_at_LISTSERV.WVU.EDU>
>Subject: [HASTRO-L] Physics Awaits New Options as Standard Model Idles
>Date: Wed, 5 Jul 2006 10:28:46 -0400
>from The New York Times
>Tuesday, July 4, 2006
>...Meanwhile, something bizarre really has shown up. It just hasn't been in
>form that physicists can test and play with. Eight years ago two teams of
> astronomers discovered that the expansion of the universe was speeding
> in defiance of cosmic gravity and of what might be left of common sense.
> universe apparently is its own antigravity machine.
>That might be weird enough, and deserving of tabloid headlines, except it
> apparently happened before. New studies reported last spring of relic
> waves left over from the waning days of the Big Bang have reinforced, but
> not yet conclusively proved, the idea that a violent antigravitational
> known colloquially as inflation held sway in the first moments of time,
> stretching and bubbling the cosmos into roughly the shape we see today.
> Whatever bubbled and stretched the cosmos is beyond the ken of the
> Model. Inflation is new physics, Sean Carroll of the University of
> explained in a recent e-mail message, adding, "Anything other than
> would be even newer physics!"
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