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First images of gravity waves, evidence of cosmic inflation reported

Data from the BICEP2 telescope (shown) have provided the first images of gravitational waves and the first direct evidence of cosmic inflation, scientists say.

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The first images of gravitational waves were released March 17.

Gravitational waves have been described as the "first tremors of the Big Bang," and were imaged with the BICEP2 telescope in Antarctica. The data provide evidence for cosmic inflation, the theory that in the first moments of the universe's existence, it expanded exponentially. 

More details on the announcement will be posted shortly.

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