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Cosmic Inflation, New Glue, and Moon Water: NOVA Next Week in Review

ByAllison EckNOVA NextNOVA Next

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This Week’s NOVA Next Feature Article

Follow the decades-long astrophysical odyssey that nearly glimpsed the beginning of time. NOVA Next contributor Amanda Gefter reports on the story behind BICEP2 and the search for proof of cosmic inflation—through the eyes of Andrei Linde and other physicists themselves.

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Inflation explains how everything from galaxies to dust may have come about.

In other news from NOVA and around the web:

Did you miss "First Air War" this week? Watch it streaming online.

If you need a reason to watch "First Air War," watch our senior science editor, Evan Hadingham, grab a pint at the local pub and tell us a hair-raising tale about the early days of aviation.

Photo Credit: NASA/ESA