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What Could Be the ‘Major Discovery’ Astrophysicists Are Planning to Announce Today?

17
Mar
2014

The hot science rumor of the day involves a telescope called BICEP, primordial gravitational waves, and a discovery that might be as significant as the Higgs particle.  The scientists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics are keeping mum about the discovery, but the science community is speculating that they might be ready to announce that theyve observed gravitational waves with a telescope called the BICEP2 (Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization). That definition isnt exactly helpful to people who are unfamiliar with the primordial B-mode or primordial gravitational waves. Gravitational waves have not yet been observed, but are a prediction from general relativity. Therefore, such a discovery would be on the same level of significance as the discovery of the Higgs particle, Shaun Hotchkiss, scientist who studies Cosmology and High Energy Physics, wrote on the Trenches of Discovery physics blog.  [T]he potential significance of such a result goes further because these primordial gravitational waves would need a source.

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