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Pristine Big Bang Gas Found 220

New submitter cekerr sends this quote from Discovery News: "U.S. scientists have found two interstellar clouds of original gas, which contain only original elements created moments after the universe's birth (abstract). Unlike everything else in the universe, the gas clouds have never mingled with elements forged later in stars. The existence of pristine gas that formed minutes after the Big Bang explosion, some 13.7 billion years ago, had been predicted, but never before observed."
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Pristine Big Bang Gas Found

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  • by Sique ( 173459 ) on Friday November 11, 2011 @01:50PM (#38026368) Homepage

    A wise man undrstands and admits that statements whose truth proveably can not be determined are there only for our amusement and are generally useless for our understanding of the world, while the question why those statements can not be decided might be of some interest though ;)

  • by The Mighty Buzzard ( 878441 ) on Friday November 11, 2011 @02:17PM (#38026758)

    Atheism is the lack of belief in gods. Nothing more. And you know it. Your willfully dishonest assignment of additional traits makes you guilty of precisely what you accuse your parent poster of.

    You, sir, are a dumbass and in dire need of a dictionary.

    atheism [ey-thee-iz-uhm] noun
    1. the doctrine or belief that there is no God.
    2. disbelief in the existence of a supreme being or beings

    Atheism is an affirmative statement of belief in a position that has precisely as much empirical evidence supporting it as do the beliefs in the christian god, the islamic god, kali, or the flying spaghetti monster.

  • Are we alone? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by oakgrove ( 845019 ) on Friday November 11, 2011 @02:22PM (#38026848)
    It's things like this that lead me to believe we are more alone in the universe than we think we are. Given human propensity to destroy anything in a "pristine" state, I would have thought that sometime in the past 14 billion years an advanced alien civilization would have built an interstellar parking garage over these gas clouds. They haven't. Why not?

What is algebra, exactly? Is it one of those three-cornered things? -- J.M. Barrie