At http://phys.org/print298800472.html … some scientists are proposing a revision of Big Bang. They say the birth of the universe may have happened after a four dimensional star collapsed into a black hole and ejected debris. It came about as there are problems with the current Big Bang theory – in their opinion. The universe appears to have a uniform temperature but the age of the universe, a mere 13.5 billion years, does not give enought time to reach a temperature equilibrium. Or something like that. The article is at www.arxiv.org/abs/1309.1487
Meanwhile, at http://phys.org/print298795163.html … Armagh Observatory catches an unexpected outburst of meteors, the September Perseids. The comet responsible for the meteor shower is unknown and usually they are quite weak – but not this year.