A Facebook friend tipped me off to this one. Apparently the Large Hadron Collider operated by CERN in Switzerland, which a few goofballs were afraid would spawn a black hole that would devour the planet before it was turned on two years ago, has successfully recreated quark-gluon plasma, a 10-trillion-degree-Celsius soup that researchers believe formed in the immediate aftermath of the big bang, over 12 billion years ago.
From The Telegraph:
This [quark-gluon plasma] provided the perfect environment for the first particles and atoms to form, which later led to the stars and galaxies that surround us today.
The findings have surprised physicists as they contradict the accepted view of what happened in the immediate aftermath of the creation of the universe – that the Big Bang threw out a superheated gas that clumped together to form matter.
I know I sound like a broken record, but I cannot help but reiterate that second paragraph: the findings contradict the accepted view. This discovery by the team at CERN must now be added to the already seemingly endless list of findings that have forced scientists to radically reconsider their view of the universe. The accusation by creationists and other religious apologists that scientists are no different than priests, clinging to their pet dogmas and rejecting all evidence to the contrary, has been revealed yet again as the fallacy it has always been. Science does not operate through dogma. It searches, it experiments, and it revises when necessary.
"In the very first instances of the universe, it was actually behaving like a very dense liquid," explained Dr David Evans, a particle physicist at the University of Birmingham who is the UK's lead investigator in the experiment.
And, as this discovery reminds us, it shows us a more fascinating and mysterious universe than any religious mythology ever has, or ever could.