These strange lumps of “inflatons” may be the very first structures in the universe.

Ultra-high-resolution simulations of a tiny slice of the universe – a million times smaller than a proton – have revealed the very first structures that ever existed. And these dense structures are strange.

The first trillionths of a second after Big explosionThe universe was a hot, liquid place, a place heated to a trillion degrees. Although scientists cannot directly observe this moment in time, they can reconstruct it using powerful computer simulations.

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