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Super Data: Hail the cosmic revolution

With nicknames such as Gilgamesh, Aphrodite, and Athena–as well as Elvis–10 recently discovered supernovas are something special. Indeed, these supernovas provide what appears to be proof of one of the weirdest properties of the universe: Something is pushing objects in the cosmos apart at an ever-faster rate.

Adam G. Riess of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore is presenting the new findings this week at a cosmology symposium at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

The data "will help us understand the nature of cosmic acceleration," says cosmologist Michael S. Turner of the University of Chicago.

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