May 28, 2004 | David F. Coppedge

Cosmos Ages a Billion Years in One Day

Physicists have found that a portion of the carbon-nitrogen-oxygen reaction thought to participate in fusion reactions inside stars runs two times slower than previously thought.  The measurements were made in the Laboratory for Underground Nuclear Astrophysics (LUNA), a lab nearly a mile underground in Italy that offers more protection from cosmic rays.  The ripple effect of this discovery is that all stars age more slowly than the textbooks claim, and the universe itself may be a billion years older.  For information, see Physics Web or Science Now.

They measured one reaction in the present.  They did not measure 14 billion years.  Notice how one small measurement can have dramatic effects.  Physics is supposed to be a “hard” science, and now the textbooks have to be rewritten about something that was thought to be pretty well understood.  What about the soft sciences, and the mushy or gaseous ones like evolutionary theory?  What discovery tomorrow might invalidate some measurement the Darwinists are trusting?

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Categories: Cosmology, Physics

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