Joined: 20 Nov 00
Here is the original thread. http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/forum_thread.php?id=74330
The BICEP2 telescope studied a small patch of sky in detail above the South Pole
Scientists who claimed last year to have found a pattern in the sky left by the super-rapid expansion of space just fractions of a second after the Big Bang were mistaken.
The signal had been confounded by light emission from dust in our own galaxy.
This is the conclusion of a new study involving the US-led BICEP2 team itself.
A paper describing the findings has been submitted to the peer-reviewed journal Physical Review Letters.
A summary was briefly posted on an official French website on Friday before being pulled. A press release was then issued later in the day, although the paper itself is still not in the public domain at the time of writing.
A determination that BICEP2 was mistaken in its observations is not a major surprise.
Joined: 9 Apr 04
AFAIK the Bicep2 scientists had taken their data on dust from a slide shown in a presentation of the Planck results by the Planck team. This was very wrong, you cannot use unpublished data.
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