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(Wired)   Scientists at subby's workplace have found a signal from the beginning of time. Possibly a Nobel Prize winning discovery   (wired.com) divider line 259
    More: Spiffy, Nobel Prize, Planck epoch, Lawrence Krauss, discovery, theory of relativities, gravitational wave, accelerating universe, signals  
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2014-03-17 11:14:27 AM  
Oooh.
 
2014-03-17 11:18:26 AM  
It's probably just some crummy commercial ...
 
2014-03-17 11:20:49 AM  
a 6,000-year-old signal? very cool!
 
2014-03-17 11:22:14 AM  
So Subby works at the South Pole?
 
2014-03-17 11:23:01 AM  

FlashHarry: a 6,000-year-old signal? very cool!


Understated, with a vague aroma of naïveté. I give full marks.
 
2014-03-17 11:24:40 AM  
Drink....More...Ovaltine...

Damn it!
 
2014-03-17 11:24:47 AM  
Pffft.

Let me know when they track down a recording of a booming voice calling out, "Let there be light".
 
2014-03-17 11:25:15 AM  
And the signal says something about the Cubs winning the World Series.
 
2014-03-17 11:29:28 AM  
"Hello Sweetie"?  The fark?
 
2014-03-17 11:30:19 AM  
"Pull my finger"
 
2014-03-17 11:30:24 AM  

rwhamann: FlashHarry: a 6,000-year-old signal? very cool!

Understated, with a vague aroma of naïveté. I give full marks.


*takes bow*
 
2014-03-17 11:30:45 AM  
Heh, A tweet from one of our scientists (i yam subby):

"Randall Smith @smith_randallk 2h
@planet4589 Scientists researching in Antarctica return with major news. Why am I afraid we'll hear they've awakened an ancient terror?
 
2014-03-17 11:33:00 AM  
"Hey! THESE aren't MY crayons!"
 
2014-03-17 11:33:32 AM  
Couldn't help but think of this when I saw the graphic in the article...

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-03-17 11:33:35 AM  

AirForceVet: So Subby works at the South Pole?


Subby pretends to work at the South Pole. Subby Farks at the South Pole.
 
2014-03-17 11:33:49 AM  
HOLY shiat they may have finally detected gravity waves?!

AND direct evidence for the inflationary epoch?!

I agree, that IS Nobel-worthy. Jebus, that's friggen awesome.
 
2014-03-17 11:34:49 AM  
I used to date a cosmetologist.
 
2014-03-17 11:34:50 AM  
Bullshiat. All I see is a melted Turbo Rocket with ants crawling all over it.
 
2014-03-17 11:34:58 AM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-03-17 11:35:16 AM  
"At the tone the time will be 00:01"
 
2014-03-17 11:35:17 AM  
TL;DR
 
2014-03-17 11:35:25 AM  

HawgWild: It's probably just some crummy commercial ...


More like a test pattern.
 
2014-03-17 11:35:34 AM  

ralanprod: Pffft.

Let me know when they track down a recording of a booming voice calling out, "Let there be light".


Then 6 earth days later, "I need a nap."
 
2014-03-17 11:35:56 AM  
Cool subby! One of my coworkers DIDN'T burn her popcorn this morning, so that was pretty nice, too.
 
2014-03-17 11:36:00 AM  
Congrats! Very exciting news and I'm thrilled for all involved. Definitely Nobel worthy in my book.
 
2014-03-17 11:36:17 AM  
It was "One! Two! One, two, three, four!"
 
2014-03-17 11:36:18 AM  
What's the long distance charge on that call?
 
2014-03-17 11:36:45 AM  

Felgraf: AND direct evidence for the inflationary epoch?!


And if I'm not mistaken, the inflationary universe model also implies (requires, actually) a multiverse.
 
2014-03-17 11:37:22 AM  
Was it a " green light", subby?
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-03-17 11:37:29 AM  
Such a finding has been compared in significance to the detection of the Higgs boson at the LHC in 2012.

The finding is on par with the resurrection of Jesus.

Now you can add, "Such a finding has been compared in significance to the Resurrection." to the press release.

The passive voice is fun.  And easier to poke fun at than understanding wtf B mode polarization is on only 1.5 pots of tea.
 
d23 [TotalFark]
2014-03-17 11:37:43 AM  
God's trying to trick us again!
 
2014-03-17 11:37:51 AM  
It's just a theory.
 
2014-03-17 11:38:07 AM  
What was there before time started, would that be a negative number?  I'm a bit confused here with the concept of the infinite and all that.  Dinosaur riders need not try to help.
 
2014-03-17 11:38:24 AM  

jylcat: Heh, A tweet from one of our scientists (i yam subby):

"Randall Smith @smith_randallk 2h
@planet4589 Scientists researching in Antarctica return with major news. Why am I afraid we'll hear they've awakened an ancient terror?


Yeah, if it's 6' tall albino penguins, I am going to freak out.
 
2014-03-17 11:39:13 AM  
"HOLD MY BEER AND WATCH THIS."
 
2014-03-17 11:39:30 AM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-03-17 11:40:12 AM  
This is going to get trolled on Twitter.
 
2014-03-17 11:41:05 AM  
My Celestial translation skills are a bit weak.  After listening multiple times I can't quite determine if it was "Oops" or "Damn".
 
2014-03-17 11:41:10 AM  

grokca: It's just a theory.


img.fark.net
 
2014-03-17 11:42:16 AM  
I don't see a Nobel in it, but interesting nonetheless.
 
2014-03-17 11:42:17 AM  
"They're us,"
 
2014-03-17 11:42:59 AM  
Ex-Texan: What's the long distance charge on that call?

42.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-03-17 11:43:20 AM  
OK, so I broke down and did a little reading. B and E have the meanings like ordinary electromagnetism, where there is no monopole generator of the B field. B is a smaller signal because there is no first order effect. But this might have to be one of those "I'll take your word for it" Nobel Prizes.
 
2014-03-17 11:43:54 AM  
cool place to be a janitor, subs...
 
2014-03-17 11:43:55 AM  
4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42?

/hopefully our universe's end doesn't suck as much as the show
 
2014-03-17 11:44:00 AM  

MartinD-35: What was there before time started, would that be a negative number?  I'm a bit confused here with the concept of the infinite and all that.  Dinosaur riders need not try to help.


Thaaattt depends on what cosmological model you look at, but the concept of 'before' the universe/before time is tricky.

Especially since first you have to define what 'time' is, and we're kinda still arguing about *THAT*.
 
2014-03-17 11:44:16 AM  
"We apologize for the inconvenience."
 
2014-03-17 11:44:26 AM  
Turns out the Big Bang sounded more like one of those squeaky, long farts.
 
2014-03-17 11:44:50 AM  
When things like this happen I find myself saying "Wow...this is fantastic, and by that I mean, I'm just going to take your word for it that its fantastic because I so thoroughly can't even begin to wrap my mind around the magnitude of this finding.
 
2014-03-17 11:45:08 AM  
"Approximately 0.000000000000000000000000000000000001 seconds after the Big Bang, it suddenly went through an accelerated expansion that drove it to become one thousand quadrillion quadrillion quadrillion quadrillion quadrillion times bigger [...]"

You know, if you think your readers are too stupid to understand exponential notation, it's cool to say "billions and billions" or "tiny fraction of a microsecond".
 
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