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Detection of Cosmic Effect May Bring Universe's Formation Into Sharper Focus
March 21, 2012
The first observation of a cosmic effect theorized 40 years ago could provide astronomers with a more precise tool for understanding the forces behind the universe's formation and growth, according to a paper submitted to the journal Physical Review Letters by a team from the Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT) in Chile and the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS).
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