Thursday, June 19, 2014

Just Dusting The Big Bang Theory

Dear Readers

I apologize for being off the interweb for some time. Contrary to popular belief I do have a life, but that is a controversy for another time.

On this auspicious day I have decided to tackle the fascinating, the intriguing and extremely controversial topic regarding the recent detection of gravitational waves, and as I do so I am completely aware that I am miles behind the whole band wagon.
FYI, I was waiting for some time to ensure its validity.

But first, lemme t.......ell you that I do not under any circumstance employ or even think to paraphrase cheesy "trending" catchphrases; that would be beneath me. Apologies my ADHD is acting up again. Back to the matter at hand...........

What in the seven hells are these gravitational waves?

To get a brief gist of what these physicists are on about, go to the link below.

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Basically put these are the residual gravitational waves theorized by physicists to be proof of the inflation of the universe just moments after the big bang.
The hypothesis suggests that due to the expansion of the universe in such a short amount of time, that these waves also expanded, ergo we should be able to observe them.

Easier said than done. The theory dated back to 1965;Experimentation only began in 2006 and after a grueling nine year search finally.
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 On  March 17th 2014 it was announced that the astrophysicists working with BICEP2 telescope found what looked like solid proof of these gravitational waves in the cosmic microwave background.

However things which are too good to be true, often are. Several claims have been made stirring a whirlwind of doubts as to the validity of the results gathered by the BICEP2 project, mainly revolving around space dust. Dust of all things!

How does dust affect these results you say? In the very basic sense like all things we see, space dust absorbs light and re-emits them as infrared radiation. Critics claim that the analysis published by the BICEP2 project fails to account for these emitions.This is where the true controversy begins.

In response the BICEP2 team revised their paper. In it John Kovac, key member of the BICEP 2 project, states that they did in fact take this into account. However this was yet again refuted by new information obtained by the Planck space telescope which says that ,although factored ,the Space dust was not properly accounted for in their revised paper and that the lack of proper information about this technically renders the evidence null.

However despite all opposition The BICEP 2 team stand firm and confident that their evidence is true and solid and hoping that this "space dust storm" will blow over. 

Alas this controversy shall remain unsolved at least till the end of the year. I shall meet you then or perhaps a few months after.

It truly is a matter of faith.

Do you BELIEVE in the BICEP 2 team and the gravitas of their literally astronomical find?
Do you TRUST in the DUST that proves that this was just a premature blunder.

Whatever your answer is one thing is for certain.

This would be great material for an Epic Rap Battle of History.

Carpe Diem. Peace out!

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