Mark Egdall

About Mark Egdall

Ira Mark Egdall is a former aerospace program manager with an undergraduate degree in physics from Northeastern University. He teaches physics at Lifelong Learning Institutes at several universities in South Florida, and is the author of the popular science book, Einstein Relatively Simple: Our Universe Revealed in Everyday Language. For more information, see http://iramarkegdall.com/

Antarctica Telescope Finds Direct Evidence for Cosmic Inflation

First images of gravitational wave effects in the Cosmic Microwave Background. Observed by the BICEP-2 telescope at the South Pole. Image courtesy of Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Researchers have found direct evidence of Cosmic Inflation, a theory that suggests ripples in the fabric of spacetime produced an enormous hyper-expansion of space after the Big Bang.

Faster than the Speed of Light? NASA Looks at Warp Drive

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Stories of wormholes flood science-fiction films and TV shows; new research may be turning this fiction to fact – proving abbreviated space travel possible.

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First Rocket-Powered Flight of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo

White Knight Two and SpaceShipTwo directly overhead during a flyby at Spaceport America. Photo credit:Flickr.com.

Are you ready for space tourism? Virgin’s SpaceShipTwo has taken its first rocket-powered flight; the owners are planning to open space up to the public – for a price.

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The Latest from CERN: It’s a Higgs!

Real CMS proton-proton collision events show expected characteristic of Higgs boson decay. (Four high energy electrons shown in green lines and red towers.) Image by CERN.

CERN has concluded that the Higgs-like particle they found earlier is indeed a Higgs Boson particle: A conclusion with many implications.

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The Most Significant Physics Breakthrough of 2012

The ATLAS experiment at CERN - visualizing two protons colliding: Image courtesy of CERN

CERN’s discovery of evidence of the Higgs boson particle (or particles) tops the list of the most significant physics breakthroughs in 2012.

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