Today is a historical day in science. One day you may be asked: Where were you when you learned of the Big Bang's smoking gun?
To understand the science of this historical discovery, watch this video from our friends at This is Genius.
In honor of today's exciting announcement, here's a round-up of some of Big Think's Big Bang coverage:
1) Big Think's Michio Kaku answers "What put the 'bang' in the Big Bang?"
2) Katie Freese, professor of physics at the University of Michigan, explains what came before the Big Bang.
3) Maybe we should change the name of the theory? Kaku on why "Big Bang" is a misnomer.
4) What did the Big Bang sound like? University of Washington physicist John Cramer provides a recording that may provide clues.
5) What's love got to do with the Big Bang Theory? Big Think's Pamela Haag applies it to mate selection.
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A NASA astronomer explains how astronauts dispose of their, uh, dark matter.
- When nature calls in micro-gravity, astronauts must answer. Space agencies have developed suction-based toilets – with a camera built in to ensure all the waste is contained before "flushing".
- Yes, there have been floaters in space. The early days of space exploration were a learning curve!
- Amazingly, you don't need gravity to digest food. Peristalsis, the process by which your throat and intestines squeeze themselves, actually moves food and water through your digestive system without gravity at all.
Carl Sagan liked to smoke weed. His essay on why is fascinating.
- Carl Sagan was a life long marijuana user and closeted advocate of legalization.
- He once wrote an anonymous essay on the effects it had on his life and why he felt it should be legalized.
- His insights will be vital as many societies begin to legalize marijuana.
A growing body of research shows promising signs that the keto diet might be able to improve mental health.
- The keto diet is known to be an effective tool for weight loss, however its effects on mental health remain largely unclear.
- Recent studies suggests that the keto diet might be an effective tool for treating depression, and clearing up so-called "brain fog," though scientists caution more research is necessary before it can be recommended as a treatment.
- Any experiments with the keto diet are best done in conjunction with a doctor, considering some people face problems when transitioning to the low-carb diet.
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