50 years with the Big Bang’s “smoking gun”

By John Timmer

The microwave horn in New Jersey where Wilson and Penzias first detected the hum left over from the birth of the Universe.

Today, Alcatel-Lucent, the corporate entity that inherited Bell Labs, is celebrating one of the lab’s most momentous discoveries: the cosmic microwave background, a remnant of the Big Bang. Since its discovery, the study of the cosmic microwave background’s details has continued to pay dividends in our understanding of the Universe and its formation, with the latest results being released just this year.

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