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The fundamental nature of the universe: Allan Adams at TED2014

The fundamental nature of the universe: Allan Adams at TED2014

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Allan Adams “became a physicist to understand how the world works at its most fundamental level.” Adams, a professor of theoretical physics at MIT, points out that the things we’ve learned so far are pretty incredible: We know the universe began just 13.8 billion years ago, and have a pretty good idea how it’s going []

A ray of hope: Fellows Friday on Renée Hlozek’s new mentorship program for South African women scientists

A ray of hope: Fellows Friday on Renée Hlozek’s new mentorship program for South African women scientists

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TED Fellow Renée Hlozek — currently a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Astrophysics at Princeton University — recently established a fund and mentoring program to bring young South African female science undergraduates to the US for summer research. The mentorship’s first recipient, Julia Healy, just completed four weeks working alongside Hlozek at Princeton. []

TED-Ed and CERN unveil “The beginning of the universe”

TED-Ed and CERN unveil “The beginning of the universe”

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It’s just a teeny, tiny question: How did the universe begin? Today, TED-Ed has unveiled a new lesson that answers this in less than four minutes, “The beginning of the universe, for beginners.” This is the first of five animated lessons developed by CERN scientists and brought to life by TED-Ed’s talented animators. The other []

Planck satellite data: What it can tell us about the universe

Planck satellite data: What it can tell us about the universe

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Today—March 21, 2013—the much-anticipated cosmological results from the Planck satellite have been released. In a recent blog post on her own website, TED Fellow and cosmologist Renée Hlozek describes why this is a big day for astrophysics and cosmology. We asked her to explain what the excitement is all about. “Planck is the ‘next generation’ satellite that measures the tiny fluctuations in []

Cosmic harmonies: Fellows Friday with Bilge Demirkoz

Cosmic harmonies: Fellows Friday with Bilge Demirkoz

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CERN particle physicist Bilge Demirköz investigates everything from dark matter to the possibility of antigalaxies, trying to understand what we — and the universe — are made of. What is it about space and the investigation of dark matter and antimatter that captures your imagination? Well to me, the question is, Why are we here? []