How the Biggest Scientific Discovery of the Year Was Kept a Secret

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By Adam Mann

Great surprises in science don’t just happen–they’re engineered.

When researchers announced earlier this week that they might have made what is essentially the scientific breakthrough of the yearechoes from the earliest fraction of a second after the Big Bang known as primordial B-mode polarizations–it seemed to come out of left field. Similarly large announcements, like the discovery of the Higgs boson, generally have followed months of speculation, rumors, and even leaks.

It’s standard practice for researchers to keep tight-lipped about their results. No one wants to cavalierly mention half-finished data to a colleague and give them the wrong impression or worse, tip off a rival project. Yet scientists are human, and humans love to gossip. In this world of science blogs and Twitter, the BICEP2 collaboration maintaining secrecy so well is almost unheard of.

The researchers didn’t use some sort of unhackable connection and they didn’t pass notes written in indecipherable code. They had to rely on each other to keep quiet until they could casually drop a major discovery on the world. Here’s how they did it.

The search for primordial B-mode polarizations started in 2001 over a game of tennis. Physicist Jamie Bock, then a researcher at JPL (now at Caltech) had a regular match going with an astrophysics postdoc named Brian Keating (now at the University of California, San Diego).

“Brian would bug me about a degree scale polarization experiment,” said Bock. “And after every match I’d go ‘Uh huh, OK, sure.’ But after a while he started to convince me this was worth doing.”

“That’s when we were all like, ‘Wow, crap, maybe it is real.’”

At JPL, Bock had been working on specialized detectors (still under development at the time) that, if placed in a small telescope at the South Pole, could potentially detect the primordial B-modes. He approached the late Caltech physicist Andrew Lange with a proposal to search for this signal. Well known in the field, Lange helped Bock assemble the team of scientists, post docs, and grad students to achieve their goal.

“With his help, the whole project just took off,” said Bock, who became one of BICEP’s four principal investigators.

The theory of inflation, which posits that the universe went through a massive expansion very early in its history, is about 30 years old. Scientists have long known the event, if it had happened, would have left its mark on the cosmos in the form of characteristic twists in light arriving from 380,000 years after the Big Bang known as the cosmic microwave background (CMB). But the hunt for primordial B-modes was known for at least two decades in the field as a “high risk, high reward” experiment…

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http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2014/03/secret-bicep-inflation/

 

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Putin’s Plans to Seize Eastern Europe and Alaska

Was the coming WW III moment foretold on a mural at Denver International Airport near baggage pick-up?

by Dave Hodges

I have received highly credible accounts that if Putin invades any portion of Ukraine, exclusive of Crimea, that the United States is prepared to enact a no-fly zone over Syria in order to prevent the Russians from continuing to arm Assad with the necessary weapons to make an American invasion of Syria very costly in terms of lives and money.

As I have stated all along, World War III will begin, but not end in Syria. The United States, in an attempt to prolong the life of the Petrodollar needs to first invade Syria and then Iran to take control of payment obligations when it comes to Middle Eastern oil.

These same insider reports also indicate that Putin is prepared to counter any strike upon Syria with an attack upon Alaska and the former Soviet Socialist Republics in Eastern Europe. An additional report for this claim comes from an advisor to the Russian Parliament by the name of Roman Kokorev. But according to some Russian sources, Kokorev does not hold any such position. Yet, the following demonstrates that he indeed is who he says he is.

This “Legal Advisor” to the Russian Parliament produced two maps on his former Facebook page which strongly indicates that Russia has designs on reacquiring Alaska and the previously mentioned former Soviet Socialist Republics (see maps below).

A Russian map produced by Kokorev which clearly shows Russia’s intention to take over Alaska.

A Russian map produced by Kokorev which clearly shows Russia’s intention to take over Alaska.

This map disappeared from Kokorev’s Facebook page sometime last night. Additionally, there have been Facebook accounts that suddenly cast doubt on Kokorev’s authenticity. Now, his entire Facebook page has been taken down. However, despite the cover up, it strongly appears that Alaska is not the only target of Putin’s newfound imperialism and the evidence is strong. Take a look at the companion map that was also posted on Roman Kokorev’s Facebook page which follows the accounts of Biden’s actions, yesterday, in Eastern Europe in response to a perceived coming Russian military invasion.

Yesterday, Kokorev’s claims of an Eastern European invasion by Russia received tacit support from Vice President Joe Biden. The Guardian’s Dan Roberts has extensively covered Biden’s promises of an increased US military presence in the Baltics made in Warsaw. The US is planning to send ground troops to the Baltic states.

Biden stated that “We are exploring a number of additional steps to increase the pace and scope of our military co-operation, including rotating US forces to the Baltic region to conduct ground and naval exercises – as well as training missions”. The Eastern European countries include Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Bulgaria, Rumania, Poland, Lithuanian, Latvia, and Finland and are the presumed targets of Putin.

Reuters is also reporting that the Vice-President met in Warsaw with Estonian President Toomas Hendrik. Clearly, the Kokorev account is being validated by Biden as he stated yesterday that the US “is committed to NATO’S pledge to help member states if military action is taken against them”. Biden also addressed the issue I raised in my article I wrote yesterday in which Putin can strangle gas shipments to Europe.

Acting on behalf of the White House, Biden also said the US would help Baltic states diversify their energy sources. Clearly, Biden is dusting off the pages of the Berlin Airlift shipments of food and medicine, in 1947, in which President Truman kept West Berlin from being overrun by the Soviets after the city was surrounded and cutoff. There will be not be a Berlin Airlift for the energy needs of Europe coming from the United States. We do not have the capacity and Putin is going to take advantage of this vulnerability by driving a wedge through NATO (see yesterday’s article that addressed this point). Europe will probably be blackmailed into submission by Putin. It is conceivable that all of Eastern Europe will fall without offering any military resistance…

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http://wariscrime.com/new/putins-plans-seize-eastern-europe-alaska/

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WESTERN PSYCHODRAMA OVER PUTIN ONLY PUSHES WORLD AFFAIRS FURTHER ‘OFF GRID’

Andrew McKillop
21st Century Wire

As ever, the Western World Order is working overtime to characterize Russia’s current president as their latest version of Blofeld, but for some reason it’s back-firing badly.

Unfortunately for them, no one is listening – because the voting public are no longer interested. The West’s naked political and corporate hubris over the Ukraine and Crimea is turning into another nail in the coffin of Western democracy.

Predictable American Moaning

Daniel Henninger,an op-ed writer for Rupert Murdoch’s new propaganda toy the Wall Street Journal on March 19th, called the US and European ‘non-reaction’ to Russia’s Vladimir Putin “a Wonderland”. He packed so many vitriolic one-liners into his short article that we can admire his ability to cut-and-paste them from the works of great seminal thinkers of our age like Senator John McCain. He claimed that “The solitary but thrilling world of Vladimir Putin’s mind is the one inhabited by the Assads, Saddams, bin Ladens, Kims, Gaddafis and Khomeinis of the world, and when it really runs out of control, or is allowed to (it becomes)…. a Stalin, Hitler, or Mao.”

This is the level of conversation the establishment to attempting to lay down over western minds.

‘Putin is a Bad Man, because he is a mad man’

Henninger says this can push world affairs “off the grid”. Defenders of the ever-shrinking International Community (let’s just call it the ‘I.C.’), in their present new crusade to fight Putin – do not include India, China, Brazil and other tepid on-again, off-again members of the downsized I.C.

Devoid of any real depth and analysis of actual events in the Ukraine and Crimea, herd psychology seems to be pushing hardcore I.C. defenders to vigorously work the theme that Vladimir Putin is… just plain crazy. US Vice President Joe Biden told Poland’s leaders on Monday March 17th that Mr. Putin’s seizure of Crimea was “flawed logic”, while Prime Minister David Cameron has called it a ‘war crime’.

Other members of the fatigued and weakened I.C. are attempting to paint a Dorian Gray picture of Putin which illustrates the horror of a person totally divorced from the I.C.’s world of rational affairs, unable to face reality, and oblivious to what paid-in Community members might think. Elementary, as he probably doesn’t care what they think!

Defenders of the I.C. now ask: how long will it take before Putin’s horror picture mutates into a new Stalin, Hitler or Mao (or Bush)?

“Putin is a Bad Man”, and WSJ spin doctor Daniel Henninger actually uses that loaded phrase – which is coded language Edward Snowden could crack in milliseconds. It means dangerous for the life expectancy of the victim given that name. To be sure Assad is still alive, but that is only due to Putin. Kim is still alive, only because of the Chinese. Khomenei for some reason was allowed to die in his bed a long time ago, but the International Community’s hit squads took out and killed the rest, also including Gaddafi, and let’s not forget Slobodan Milosevic who is usually added to the Bad Man hit list, by the world’s Henningers.

Henninger spins, “Vladimir Putin re-proves that sometimes a bad person gains control of the instruments of national power. Their populations do nothing or can’t, because they are disarmed by thugs with overwhelming firepower”. This version of History in a nutshell and “Why the I.C. Must Invade” is made more lurid and urgent, Henninger tells us, when “even second-rate megalomaniacs gain access to high-tech weaponry, including missiles and nuclear bombs.” …

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http://21stcenturywire.com/2014/03/20/western-psychodrama-over-putin-only-pushes-world-affairs-further-off-grid/?

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A Grateful Nation Cheers President Putin’s Triumph (MoskovskijKomsomolets, Russia)

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‘PUTIN THE GREAT’

“Such determination, capacity to act without hesitation, and self-confidence in our abilities, made an enormous impression on the world. Edward Snowden, protecting Syria, its position on Iran – these were strong steps. But Crimea is in another class altogether. Putin rebuffed American politicians who thought Russia’s opinion could be ignored. … Russians are proud of their president. Western dissidents admire him on social media. Almost everyone who opposes American dictates supports Putin – which is a great achievement. … Crimea is now ours!”

By Israel Shamir

Translated By Egija Mierkalne

The current generation of Russians never expected to see such a day –  a day of Russian reunification with Crimea, a day of genuine triumph for Russia,  and a day of personal triumph for Russia’s President  Putin.

Gathered in St. Georges Hall, the president received a standing ovation when he announced Russia’s decision. A majority of Russian homes were also jubilant.  Few Russians wouldn’t have felt enormous elation when right in front of their  eyes, the map of Europe was changed.

And how could one not be elated? Crimea had returned home after 60 years (or 23, depending on how you count them) under someone else’s authority, which had  resulted in the violent policy of Ukrainization –  even during Soviet times, and much more so in the post-Soviet era. The result of  the referendum was so convincing that even anti-Russian Western newspapers like The Guardian didn’t question its authenticity, which was demonstrated once again by the subsequent spontaneous celebration in Crimea.

Furthermore, ethnic Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars also voted for reunification. After all, Ukrainians in Crimea, as in the new Russia, are Russian speaking, and find it  easier to be under Russian authority than under the rule of Galicia[a derisive term referring to the new Ukrainian government]. Crimean Tatars  realized the impossibility of going against all of their neighbors – and Russia  has offered them a package of concessions and privileges that they had never dreamed of before.

Just as pleasing was the speed of the Kremlin’s decision making. Many experts in Russia and abroad thought that Putin would put on the brakes, sit on the fence, postpone a decision, as suggested by presidential advisors in February. Even  those who had confidence in Russia’s determination never imagined such speed: on Sunday the referendum, and on Tuesday the signing of the treaty. A great Russian writer – a Ukrainian – once said that there is no such thing as a Russian who doesn’t love to travel fast. Of course, his books weren’t even included in Ukraine’s school curriculum, because he wrote in Russian … [The  writer is Nikolai  Gogol, and the quote is from his book, Dead Souls].

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Beijing hotel workers already ‘fed up’ with Obama entourage in 3400-square-foot, $8,350-per-night suite inconveniencing ‘pretty much everyone’ – and the first lady’s mother is ‘barking at the staff’

First lady Michelle Obama, her mother Marian Robinson, and her daughters Sasha and Malia are in Beijing for the beginning of a week-long tour, and their hotel's staff are already tired of them

.Michelle Obama, her daughters and her mother Marian Robinson are staying in a sumptuous presidential suite at a Beijing Westin hotel
.Mrs. Robinson has been ‘barking at the staff since she arrived,’ a hotel staffer said, adding that ‘we can’t wait for this to be over’
.Secret Service agents are monopolizing elevators and booting high-paying guests from their rooms to occupy a block of space near the first lady
.Both front and back doors of the hotel are blocked off, with Chinese and U.S. security agents screening everyone who enters
.Ordinary Chinese describe Mrs. Obama and her family as kind and gracious, but hotel staff are ‘fed up’

By David Martosko, U.s. Political Editor

Michelle Obama and three of her family  members are staying in a $8,350-per-night Beijing presidential suite, but  despite a 24-hour butler and other perks that come with the lodging, her  entourage has inconvenienced ‘pretty much everyone’ and made the hotel staff  ‘fed up,’ a well-placed hotel staffer has told MailOnline.

The sumptuous pad at the  Westin Beijing Chaoyang hotel – its website calls the room ‘an oasis of comfort – is a 3,400-square-foot masterpiece including a private steam room, ‘corner sofas  with silk pillows,’ and in-room dining for six.

But the Obamas’ stay has already affected  staff and guests at the hotel, with the Westin front-desk veteran alleging that  Mrs. Obama’s mother Marian Robinson has been ‘barking at the staff since she  arrived.’

Government security forces from both  China  and the U.S. started Thursday to screen everyone who entered the  building,  including paying guests, setting up checkpoints that resemble those at airline  concourse entrances.

The Secret Service’s monopoly on the hotel’s  highest floors has meant the Westin had to boot guests with previous  reservations out of  their executive-level rooms.

Secret Service agents are also monopolizing  hotel elevators long before the  Obamas need them, added the staffer, who  identified himself as a member  of the concierge staff and spoke English during  a phone call on Friday.

‘Many of them are Asian, too, or Americans  who are Asian, so you know our guests don’t understand.’

‘We can’t wait for this to be over, to tell  you the truth,’ he said in a sudden hush. ‘We entertain many important people  here, but this has been, I think, very different.’

The first lady’s press secretary, Joanna  Rosholm, declined to comment.

A U.S. Secret Service spokesperson promised  answers to MailOnline’s questions but didn’t provide any in time for  publication. The agency generally does not speak publicly about security  arrangements for the officials it protects.

A spokesman for Starwood Hotels, which owns  the Westin chain, referred questions to Secret Service.

Ordinary Chinese who have met the American  first lady have described her in media reports as approachable and friendly, and  the hotel staffer agreed.

‘The first lady is gracious, and the girls  are lovely,’ he said.

The Westin employee and another  colleague said Sasha and Malia Obama have  been on their best behavior because Mrs. Robinson has kept them on a short  leash.

They emphasized that they have had a  disappointing experience with the protection detail  that accompanies Mrs. Obama  everywhere.

Wealthy hotel guests  bumped from their reserved rooms into other  less-luxurious accommodations have inundated the front desk with  complaints.

As a condition of the first lady  staying at  the Westin, the Secret Service blocked  off all the rooms near the presidential suite..

The Washington Times reported Thursday that  an entourage of about 70 people is accompanying the guests of honor to China at  taxpayer expense.

The White House has taken pains to frame Mrs.  Obama’s trip as a cultural journey rather than a political one,  but taxpayers  are paying through the nose for it nonetheless.

China News Service described  the first lady on Friday as ‘Mrs Diplomatic,’ and the Xinhua news agency dubbed  the trip ‘an unprecedented and historical moment in the chapter of China–U.S.  relations.’

The trip won’t come cheap.

Judicial Watch, a watchdog group in Washington, D.C.,  reports that it cost more than $11 million for President and Mrs. Obama to  travel to Africa for Nelson Mandela’s memorial service in December.

The first couple were in Africa for less than 13  hours.

The Obamas’ 2013 visit to Africa, a longer affair,  reportedly cost Americans more than $100 million.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2586367/Beijing-hotel-workers-fed-Obama-entourage-3400-square-foot-8-350-night-suite-inconveniencing-pretty-ladys-mother-barking-staff.html#ixzz2we9jIH84

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