Since Monday, the scientific community has been celebrating the discovery of what seems to be “smoking gun” evidence of the Big Bang. In a discovery that is touted as being on par with that of the Higgs boson in 2012, scientists now have found the first direct evidence of the Big Bang.
Data from the BICEP project, which deployed a special telescope in the south pole between 2005-2008 previously said that reading “strongly hinted” at inflation, but were “not sufficient to rule out other models of the early universe.” Something was missing.
If you guessed that it is the detection of the gravity wave background–something that could only result from inflation–you are correct!
As noted by Joelle Renstrom of Giant Freakin’ Robot,
[box type=”shadow”]”The gravitational waves resulting from the expansion are still rippling across the universe, but were thought too weak to detect. However, the BICEP telescope was able to capture images of those gravitational waves from nearly 400,000 years after they began to spread through the universe, back when there were no stars or planets. The existence of the gravitational waves proves gravity’s quantum nature, and they also prove Einstein(specifically his theory of relativity) right — again. It will be interesting to see how physicists react to this, given that they’ve never quite been able to reconcile Einstein’s theory with quantum physics. Apparently the strength of the detected signals may lead toward new physics theories altogether. “[/box]
This is exciting news! In fact, it was so exciting that FOX News actually reported it!
The rage experienced by FOX News viewers can best be expressed through interpretive dance.
Now that you have some idea what we’re working with, let’s see what the mindless masses had to say about it:
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