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Astrophysicists Build Realistic Virtual Universe 129

sciencehabit writes "In the most detailed effort yet, astrophysicists and cosmologists have modeled the evolution of the universe right down to the formation of individual galaxies. The results of the mammoth computer simulation neatly match multiple astronomical observations, ranging from the distribution of galaxies in massive galaxy clusters to the amounts of neutral hydrogen gas in galaxies large and small (abstract). The findings once again neatly confirm cosmologists' standard theory of the basic ingredients of the universe and how it evolved—a result that may disappoint researchers hoping for new puzzles to solve."
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Astrophysicists Build Realistic Virtual Universe

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  • Re:Simalted? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 07, 2014 @08:02PM (#46944781)
    Umm, it is how science works? You want to check that current theories are consistent with what you observe. If they had found a large disagreement, then they would know to try something else. If they find agreement, then they know they need to look closer from both theory and observation ends for any other sources of disagreement.
  • Funny (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 07, 2014 @08:44PM (#46945089)

    I love the part about "new questions to answer". As if "Where did the super dense mass the universe came from, come from, wouldn't be a good question to answer...

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