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How number crunchers could help crack the cosmological mystery of dark energy
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Big data just might give astronomers a better grip on the answer to one of the biggest questions in physics: Exactly what’s behind the mysterious acceleration in the expansion rate of the universe, also known as dark energy? And that means the number crunchers at the University of Washington’s DIRAC Institute have their work cut out for them. The role of data analysis in resolving the mystery came to the fore on Monday evening during a talk given at the DIRAC Institute’s first-ever open house on the UW campus. The speaker was none other than Berkeley astrophysicist Saul Perlmutter, who… Read More read more
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