A strange, super-powerful particle that's not truly a particle could have dominated the universe when it was just a second-old, releasing a flood of ripples that permeated all of space-time. Called oscillons, they would have been so energetic their "ripples" could have unleashed so-called gravitational waves, those vibrations in the fabric of space-time that are generated when monster black holes slam into each other. Future experiments to detect these early-universe gravitational waves could give us insights into the most extreme conditions that the universe has ever encountered. If this oscillon picture is correct, this is one potential mechanism for inflation to generate gravitational waves. If we then see those waves, we will get a view directly into the universe when it was under a second old. https://www.livescience.com/oscillon-particle-early-univrse.html ........................................................................... #space #science #nature #education #news
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