From cosmic inflation to galactic dust: The scientific method at work

September 25, 2014 1:57 AM

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New data from the ESA’s Planck spacecraft calls into question once-touted evidence for cosmic inflation.

About six months ago, researchers working with a special telescope, called BICEP2, at the South Pole made the stunning announcement they had found faint pinwheel-shaped swirls in the afterglow of the Big Bang that represented traces of gravitational waves rippling through the newly born universe. If...

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