“Inflation is the ‘bang’ of the Big Bang. It’s the mechanism that caused the universe to enter this period of gigantic expansion.” Just in time to be featured on an episode of the all new Cosmos, scientists have discovered indirect evidence of the gravitational waves generated in the first few moments of the big bang, 13.8 billion years B.N.D. (before NextDraft).

+ I’m a Humanities major, so I’ll let Phil Plait explain more about what this means.

+ How do we decide what science to study? The answer to that question has changed dramatically in the past few years. “For better or worse, the practice of science in the 21st century is becoming shaped less by national priorities or by peer-review groups and more by the particular preferences of individuals with huge amounts of money.” NYT: Billionaires With Big Ideas Are Privatizing American Science.