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US Scientists Develop Algorithm to Map Universe

US Scientists Develop Algorithm to Map Universe

Tuesday, 2 July, 2019 - 05:30
A section of the Tarantula Nebula, located within the Large Magellanic Cloud. REUTERS/NASA
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In order to solve some of physics greatest problems, US researchers have developed an algorithm to visualize models of the universe.

The algorithm was developed by applying scientific principles used to create models for understanding cell biology and physics.

The Science Daily website cited James Sethna, professor of physics at the Cornell University, saying: "Science works because things behave much more simply than they have any right to. Very complicated things end up doing rather simple collective behavior.”

The algorithm, designed by author Katherine Quinn, allows researchers to image a large set of probabilities to look for patterns or other information that might be useful for understanding complex models and data.

To test the algorithm, the researchers used data from the European Space Agency's Planck satellite. They applied the model data on the cosmic microwave background radiation left over from the universe's early days. The model produced a map depicting possible characteristics of different universes, of which our own universe makes part.

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