SETI bioastro: FW: [HASTRO-L] Physics Awaits New Options as Standard Model Idles

From: LARRY KLAES (ljk4_at_msn.com)
Date: Thu Jul 06 2006 - 09:59:15 PDT

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    >From: Clark Whelton <cwhelton_at_MINDSPRING.COM>
    >Reply-To: History of Astronomy Discussion Group <HASTRO-L_at_LISTSERV.WVU.EDU>
    >To: 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
    >Science Section
    >Tuesday, July 4, 2006
    >
    >
    >http://www.nytimes.com/pages/science/index.html?th&emc=th
    >
    >
    >...Meanwhile, something bizarre really has shown up. It just hasn't been in
    >a
    >form that physicists can test and play with. Eight years ago two teams of
    > astronomers discovered that the expansion of the universe was speeding
    >up,
    > in defiance of cosmic gravity and of what might be left of common sense.
    >The
    > 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
    >radio
    > waves left over from the waning days of the Big Bang have reinforced, but
    > not yet conclusively proved, the idea that a violent antigravitational
    >force
    > 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
    >Standard
    > Model. Inflation is new physics, Sean Carroll of the University of
    >Chicago
    > explained in a recent e-mail message, adding, "Anything other than
    >inflation
    > would be even newer physics!"


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