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The fundamental nature of the universe: Allan Adams at TED2014The fundamental nature of the universe: Allan Adams at TED2014

Posted By Ben Lillie

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 […]

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

Posted By Karen Eng

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. […]

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Five videos that make particle physics child’s play: Physicists from CERN team up with TED-EdFive videos that make particle physics child’s play: Physicists from CERN team up with TED-Ed

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Particle physics. To some, the words may produce anxiety. And while, yes, it is complicated — it is far from incomprehensible. On May 3, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, better known as CERN, held its first TEDx event, an illuminating look at how particle physics intersects with other disciplines. As part of TEDxCERN, physicists […]

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

Posted By Tedstaff

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 […]

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

Posted By Karen Eng

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 […]

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Cosmic harmonies: Fellows Friday with Bilge DemirkozCosmic harmonies: Fellows Friday with Bilge Demirkoz

Posted By Karen Eng

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? […]