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Science  06 Apr 2012:
Vol. 336, Issue 6077, pp. 26-31
DOI: 10.1126/science.336.6077.26

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Within hours of the announcement of the 2011 Nobel Prize winners, Brian Schmidt and Adam Riess decided to invite the remaining 17 members of their High-z Supernova Search Team to Stockholm for the Nobel ceremony. Each laureate would be allowed 14 tickets to the various events organized by the Swedish Academy, giving them enough tickets to accommodate everybody and their spouses. The spare tickets they gave to Saul Perlmutter, who had a bigger challenge with the 30 collaborators on the Supernova Cosmology Project that he wanted to invite. After years of a deep and sometimes hostile rivalry, the two groups whose discovery of dark energy had transformed scientists' picture of the universe would have a chance to revel in their shared glory and possibly reconcile their warring narratives of the discovery in a scientific colloquium at the end of the celebrations.