maggiekb at March 16th, 2014 20:35 — #1
brainspore at March 16th, 2014 20:40 — #2
…you’ve heard the rumor: the BICEP2 experiment has purportedly detected signs of gravitational waves in the polarization of the cosmic microwave background radiation.
And all this time I thought BICEP2 was just astronomer-speak for Neil Degrasse Tyson's right arm.
rider at March 16th, 2014 21:09 — #3
I thought we had moved past science by press conference.
rknop at March 16th, 2014 21:26 — #4
That's hardly what this will be. There will be a paper submission to go along with it. The paper, however, is likely to be something only digested by somebody who's studied and understands a lot of cosmology. The press release is the experiment's way of describing publicly what it is that is in the paper.
(If there's no paper submission to go along with it, I will be extremely disappointed... but I do fully expect to see a legitimate scientific paper on arXiv.org tomorrow.)
teapot at March 16th, 2014 21:36 — #5
boundegar at March 16th, 2014 21:44 — #6
Maybe they finally debunked that whole green cheese thing, once and for all. And about time, I say!
immutable_mike at March 16th, 2014 21:58 — #8
That's just what the military/dairy complex want you to believe!
eksrae at March 16th, 2014 22:17 — #9
I'm hoping for a giant, nebulous object that seems to be slowing down and matching our orbit.
paulxj at March 16th, 2014 22:29 — #10
If this is about what happened shortly after the Big Bang, wouldn't that make it old news, just about the oldest possible news?
knoxblox at March 17th, 2014 00:14 — #11
Anyway, what good is a press conference when the creationists are going to stick their fingers in their ears and go, "lalalalalalalalalalala"?
franco at March 17th, 2014 00:17 — #12
Does anyone have idea on that discovery?
samwinston at March 17th, 2014 00:21 — #13
Mutant Star Goat...we have to build Arks to escape.
johnbrooks69 at March 17th, 2014 00:27 — #14
Do not fear the gravitons they only come to attract you.
robulus at March 17th, 2014 00:32 — #15
OK I read the article. Sorry science, you're going to need to sex it up a bit. I suggest calling it the God wave.
stefanjones at March 17th, 2014 01:06 — #16
I've read too much science fiction.
My sense-of-wonder lobes have grown acclimated to ever-higher levels of the outlandish and profound. To impress me, scientific discoveries not only have to be large-scale, but dramatic and "meaningful."
So, when I hear "big astronomy news" I pathetically think of Dyson spheres and the discovery of source code comments encoded into the cosmic background radiation.
hereticbranding at March 17th, 2014 01:19 — #17
I get what you're saying, but that could be exactly what this is all about.
niktemadur at March 17th, 2014 02:54 — #18
More modestly, I'd settle for a Culture Orbital.
redesigned at March 17th, 2014 04:11 — #19
V'Ger is searching for creator.
jake0748 at March 17th, 2014 04:22 — #20
ashen_victor at March 17th, 2014 05:07 — #21
It is more dangerous than the Regular Star Goat?
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