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Researchers say they've found evidence of what happened at the very first moment of the Big Bang. They say the universe grew ...
so quickly, it left ripples in patterns of light, visible in the very far reaches of the universe. (March 18)
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MANDATORY COURTESY: HARVARD SMITHSONIAN CENTER FOR ASTROPHYSICSCambridge, Massachusetts - 17 March 20141. Wide shot of presser2. Graphic showing History of Universe---AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYNew York - 17 March 20143. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Mordecai-Mark Mac Low, American Museum of Natural History (Transcript Below)---MANDATORY COURTESY: HARVARD SMITHSONIAN CENTER FOR ASTROPHYSICS4. Still photo of South Pole expedition area5. Closeup of Telescope at South pole doing observation6. Graphic of Experimental Strategy7. Graphic of Density perturbations and gravitations wavesMANDATORY COURTESY: HARVARD SMITHSONIAN CENTER FOR ASTROPHYSICSCambridge, Massachusetts - 17 March 20148.SOUNDBITE (English) Marc Kamionkowski, Johns Hopkins University (Transcript Below) 9. Wide shot of presser10. Graphic showing History of UniverseVOICE-OVER SCRIPT:SCIENTISTS SAY THEY'VE FOUND EVIDENCE OF WHAT HAPPENED AT THE VERY BEGINNING OF THE BIG BANG, THE MOMENT BELIEVED TO BE THE BIRTH OF THE UNIVERSE ALMOST 14-BILLION YEARS AGO.SOUNDBITE: (ENGLISH) for Dr. Mordecai-Mark Mac Low, a curator in the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History:"What has been announced today direct observational evidence in support of the theory that the universe grew from the size of an atom. That the observable universe grew from the size of an atom to the size of a basketball in an enormously small fraction of a second. TRACK-2RESEARCHERS SAY THE UNIVERSE GREW SO QUICKLY AT THAT MOMENT, IT LEFT BEHIND RIPPLES IN THE FABRIC OF THE COSMOS, VISIBLE IN SPECIFIC LIGHT PATTERS.THE THOERY IS CALLED 'COSMIC INFLATION.'SCIENTISTS GATHERED THE EVIDENCE TO BACK IT UP BY USING A POWERFUL TELESCOPE FOR THREE YEARS TO SCAN THE SKY OVER THE SOUTH POLE, WHERE THE DRY AIR ALLOWS FOR A VERY CLEAR VIEW.SOUNDBITE: (ENGLISH) Marc Kamionkowski, Johns Hopkins University"This is not something that is just a home run, but a grand slam, it's the smoking gun for inflation, it hints at unification of fundamental forces of energy."TRACK-3THE SCIENTISTS CAUTIONED, THEY STILL NEED MORE TESTS ON THEIR FINDINGS.SANDY KOZEL, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS.