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Universe's High-Def Baby Picture Confirms Standard Theory

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Science  29 Mar 2013:
Vol. 339, Issue 6127, pp. 1513
DOI: 10.1126/science.339.6127.1513

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Last week, researchers released the best image yet of the mottled afterglow of the big bang—the cosmic microwave background. Data from the European Space Agency's Planck spacecraft confirm cosmologists' standard model of how the universe was born and what it consists of. But some scientists had hoped that Planck would reveal some conceptual corner where the standard model doesn't quite work and provide a clue to a deeper understanding. Planck researchers reported no such thing.