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High-precision Measurements Confirm Cosmologists' Standard View of Universe
November 2, 2009
A detailed picture of the seeds of structures in the universe has been unveiled by an international team of researchers. Measurements of the cosmic microwave background radiation provide further support for the standard cosmological model, confirming that dark matter and dark energy make up 95 percent of everything in existence, while ordinary matter makes up just 5 percent.
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