News Picks : BICEP2 and Planck teams negotiating to share data
BBC: The teams behind the ground-based BICEP2 experiment and the Planck satellite have announced that they are negotiating to share data. The groups have only just begun talking, but hope that the data sharing could result in the publication of a joint paper. In March, BICEP2 announced that the project appeared to have detected evidence of gravitational waves in the cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation. One of the immediate responses was that the project didn't accurately account for interstellar dust in the area that was observed. An updated map of cosmic dust from the Planck satellite, which has been mapping the CMB, is expected this fall.