In DepthCosmology

Blockbuster claim could collapse in a cloud of dust

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Science  23 May 2014:
Vol. 344, Issue 6186, pp. 790
DOI: 10.1126/science.344.6186.790

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Summary

Two months ago, a team of cosmologists reported that it had spotted the first direct evidence that the newborn universe underwent a mind-boggling exponential growth spurt known as inflation. But a new analysis suggests the signal, a subtle pattern in the afterglow of the big bang, or cosmic microwave background, could be an artifact produced by dust within our own galaxy.