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“The objectives of the research in my laboratory are to improve disease resistance and persistence of alfalfa stands.”

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Shaul Hanany of the University of Minnesota has a telescope that can see the beginning of time...sort of.

Shortly after the Big Bang, everything in space emitted a huge blast of radiation (like light, x-rays, or microwaves) in every direction. That radiation is still around today, billions of years later. It’s called the “Cosmic Microwave Background,” or CMB. The radiation is very faint now, but if you have the right equipment, it’s still there to see. And if you know what to look for it can tell you about the beginning of everything...