230-620x596Scientists believe they’ve had a major breakthrough in the search to better understand the universe’s origins. Researchers recently observed what they believe to bean echo from the Big Bang — the cosmic theory that is believed to account for how the universe was born and formed nearly 14 billion years ago. A coalition of researchers say they’ve spotted evidence that a split-second after the Big Bang, the expansion of the cosmos began with a powerful jump-start. Experts called the discovery a major advance if confirmed by others. Although many scientists already believed that an initial, extremely rapid growth spurt happened, finding this evidence has been a key goal in the study of the universe. Researchers reported Monday that they finally did it by peering into an echo of sorts — and observing the faint light that remains from the Big Bang. MORE