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Spotlight Live: The Universe's First Light

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Published on Apr 18, 2014

The first definitive proof that the universe underwent an almost unimaginably fast expansion when it was only a trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second old has taken the world by storm. This sudden growth spurt was first theorized more than three decades ago. Yet only last month did astrophysicists reveal what may be "smoking gun" evidence that the universe swelled from microscopic to cosmic size in an instant — an announcement that's being compared to the discovery of the Higgs boson.

John Carlstrom, Walter Ogburn, Michael Turner and Abigail Vieregg talk about the first hard evidence that the universe swelled from microscopic to cosmic size in less than the blink of an eye.

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