News tagged with cosmic microwave background

Setting a trap for gravity waves

In 1996 Uros Seljak was a postdoc at Harvard, contemplating ways to extract information from the cosmic microwave background (CMB). The distribution of anisotropies, slight temperature differences, in the ...

Mar 19, 2014 4.8 / 5 (18) 12

Are the BICEP2 results invalid? Probably not

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 render ...

May 20, 2014 4.5 / 5 (28) 26

Europe's Planck telescope retires

The deep-space Planck telescope was switched off Wednesday after a successful 4.5-year mission that revealed our Universe to be 80 million years older than previously thought, the European Space Agency said.

Oct 23, 2013 4.8 / 5 (4) 0

Madly Mapping the Universe

(PhysOrg.com) -- It takes special software to map the universe from noisy data. A Berkeley Lab code called MADmap does just that for the cosmic microwave background and has now been adapted by scientists probing ...

Feb 04, 2010 5 / 5 (9) 0 | with audio podcast