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Posted: 6/6/2014 8:05:35 PM EDT
CNN piece:
http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/05/opinion/urry-big-bang/index.html

This week, a controversy about the Big Bang and the origin of the universe came to light at the American Astronomical Society conference in Boston. In an invited lecture sponsored by the Kavli Foundation, Princeton astrophysicist David Spergel offered a different idea about a discovery made last March, where the BICEP2 Antarctic cosmology experiment reported evidence of a period of rapid "inflation" in the very early universe. Specifically, researchers detected the special pattern of polarization that would be caused by gravitational waves stretching and squeezing space itself during inflation.


Essentially, it says that this article http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/17/tech/innovation/big-bang-gravitational-waves/index.html may be wrong.

Link Posted: 6/6/2014 8:07:03 PM EDT
Hulk smash
Link Posted: 6/6/2014 8:13:20 PM EDT
It says those conclusions may be wrong, if the data they have yet to see confirms their observation. You've gotta love the way they report science stories.
Link Posted: 6/6/2014 8:15:03 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By 2ndamendmentknights:
Hulk smash
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or

Link Posted: 6/6/2014 8:15:29 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/6/2014 8:17:07 PM EDT
If the Big Bang theory turns out to be incorrect, big whoop.

The great thing about science is that it's OK for a theory to be wrong. No one needs to be embarrassed, and we don't toss the entire scientific method into the garbage can. We just take the new data, revise or replace the existing theory, and continue on.
Link Posted: 6/6/2014 8:26:33 PM EDT
Someone associated with that show must have an account here!

Yes, OP this thread has derailed.

Link Posted: 6/6/2014 8:32:54 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Dominus:
If the Big Bang theory turns out to be incorrect, big whoop.

The great thing about science is that it's OK for a theory to be wrong. No one needs to be embarrassed, and we don't toss the entire scientific method into the garbage can. We just take the new data, revise or replace the existing theory, and continue on.
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It's not saying that big bang is wrong. Images were recently claimed to show gravity waves that prove big bang. The new article says they may have interpreted the images incorrectly.
Link Posted: 6/6/2014 8:39:14 PM EDT
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Wait, wrong big bang???
Link Posted: 6/6/2014 8:40:41 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Mullah_Atari:
It says those conclusions may be wrong, if the data they have yet to see confirms their observation. You've gotta love the way they report science stories.
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She reported what he said at the conference. I find it refreshingly honest. There's not a lot of truly groundbreaking stuff happening in astronomy now. We seem to have hit a plateau. "Maybe" is a good word to use until they finish the analysis.
Link Posted: 6/6/2014 8:43:49 PM EDT
Had no idea there was a controversy
Link Posted: 6/6/2014 8:57:19 PM EDT
The answer is 2.
Link Posted: 6/20/2014 7:24:17 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Mullah_Atari:
It says those conclusions may be wrong, if the data they have yet to see confirms their observation. You've gotta love the way they report science stories.
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The authors of the study now say that they may be wrong.

http://news.yahoo.com/big-bang-breakthrough-team-allows-may-wrong-114835743.html
Link Posted: 6/20/2014 7:26:24 PM EDT
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