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Saturday, March 26, 2021

For something that’s been around for so long, the universe sure is a tricky thing to pin down. Whereas just a month ago, we were told that “dark matter” and “dark energy” made up most of everything, now there’s a counterview that declares such mysterious forces to be so much bunk.

When Einstein first put his theories of relativity together, he included a cosmological constant, a number that accounted for this acceleration of the universe’s expansion. He later referred to this as his greatest blunder, but his ideas have since been rehabilitated.

But now, Edward Kolb of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory says that Einstein “was right when he said he was wrong”, according to a Reuters report.

Antonio Riotto at Italy’s National Nuclear Physics Institute in Padova, who also worked on the research, told Reuters: “No mysterious dark energy is required. If dark energy were the size that theories predict … it would have prevented the existence of everything we know in our cosmos.”

Instead, he says, the acceleration is an after effect of the big bang that has not been properly accounted for.

I see a rumble in the academic jungle over this one…

- Costa Tsiokos, Sat 03/26/2005 04:16:02 PM
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