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Take back Nobel prizes for accelerating expansion of universe?

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Dark energy might be an illusion say some researchers. From Adrian Cho at Science:

For the past 20 years, physicists have known that the expansion of the universe is accelerating, as if some bizarre “dark energy” is blowing up space like a balloon. In fact, cosmologists’ well-tested standard model assumes that 69% of the content of the universe is dark energy. However, there may be no need for the mysterious stuff, a team of theorists claims. Instead, the researchers argue, the universe’s acceleration could be driven by variations, or inhomogeneities, in its density. If so, then one of the biggest mysteries in physics could be explained away with nothing other than Albert Einstein’s familiar general theory of relativity. Other researchers are skeptical, however.

“If it’s right, somebody is going to have to take back Nobel prizes” awarded in 2011 for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe, says Nick Kaiser, a cosmologist at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. TMore.

But we thought only a denialist was allowed to doubt the accelerating expansion of the universe. Rules change?

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One Reply to “Take back Nobel prizes for accelerating expansion of universe?

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    Dionisio says:

    This is another reason why I prefer biology to astrophysics. Physicists engage in so much speculation so often.

    In biology, WYSIWYG, though there are “research” folks who like to speculate too and later get surprised with unexpected discoveries. 🙂
    However, one problem with biology is that it’s making the Big Data problems in physics and astronomy look insignificant. The clouds are so overloaded with biology information that soon they might start raining heavily.

    The functional complexity of the biological systems is turning more fascinating with every new discovery, but still WYSIWYG. Except the controlling procedures that seem elusive, keeping GP busy looking for them. I stopped looking. Will wait for GP to find them for us. 🙂

    At least GP has some clever ideas about how to approach this whole search. Many researchers seem lost still doing sloppy reductionist bottom-up reverse-engineering. Poor things. At one point they might panic and desperately contact Scotland Yard or reach out to Hollywood to hire Indiana Jones. 🙂
    But most probably by then GP will have it all figured out and will share it with the rest of us commoners here. 🙂

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