These weird lumps of ‘inflatons’ could be the very first structures in the universe

An ultra-high-resolution simulation of a tiny slice of the universe — a million times smaller than a proton — has revealed the very first structures to ever exist. And these dense structures are weird.

The first trillionths of a second after the Big Bang, the universe was a hot, soupy place, place, heated to over a trillion degrees. Though scientists can’t directly observe this moment in time, they can reconstruct it using high-powered computer simulations. 


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