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New Results from Planck: It Doesn’t Look Good For BICEP2

by Brian Koberlein September 24, 2014

One of the recent sagas in cosmology began with the BICEP2 press conference announcing evidence of early cosmic inflation. There was some controversy since the press release was held before the paper was peer reviewed. The results were eventually published in Physical Review Letters, though with a more cautious conclusion than the original press release. […]

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Are the BICEP2 Results Invalid? Probably Not.

by Brian Koberlein May 19, 2014

Recently rumors have been flying that the BICEP2 results regarding the cosmic inflationary period may be invalid. It all started with a post by Dan Falkowski on his blog Resonaances, where he claimed that the BICEP2 had misinterpreted some data, which rendered their results invalid, or at least questionable. The story was then picked up by […]

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Goodbye Big Bang, Hello Black Hole? A New Theory Of The Universe’s Creation

by Elizabeth Howell September 18, 2013

Could the famed “Big Bang” theory need a revision? A group of theoretical physicists suppose the birth of the universe could have happened after a four-dimensional star collapsed into a black hole and ejected debris. Before getting into their findings, let’s just preface this by saying nobody knows anything for sure. Humans obviously weren’t around at […]

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Planck Spacecraft Loses Its Cool(ant) But Keeps Going

by Nancy Atkinson January 17, 2012

After two and a half years of observing the Cosmic Microwave Background, the ESA Planck spacecraft’s High Frequency Instrument ran out of its on-board coolant gases over this past weekend, reaching the end of its very successful mission. But that doesn’t mean the end for Planck observations. The Low Frequency Instrument, which does not need […]

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Planck Reveals Giant Dust Structures in our Local Neighborhood

by Nancy Atkinson March 17, 2010

Dust has never looked so beautiful! This new image from the Planck spacecraft shows giant filaments of cold dust stretching through our galaxy. The image spans about 50 degrees of the sky, showing our local neighborhood within approximately 500 light-years of the Sun. “What makes these structures have these particular shapes is not well understood,” […]

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