The “lumpiness problem” in cosmology refuses to go away.  This old conundrum about why the universe is lumpy with stars and galaxies has been around for decades.  The big bang predicts no such lumps.  Since the late 1990s, tiny differences in temperature measured in the cosmic background radiation held hope of being the seeds of lump formation (06/12/2008), provided theories added copious fudge factors like dark matter, dark energy and inflation.  A new survey finds more clumps than expected, casting doubt on whether the fudge factors are wrong, the hot big bang is wrong, or relativity is wrong.  Words can hardly express the gravity of the situation when gravity itself – an icon of scientific verity – is called into question.

An article by Lisa Grossman in Wired Science contains disturbing indications of the extent of ignorance by cosmologists.  “Clumpiness of Distant Universe Surprises Astronomers,” she headlined her article about a measurement conducted by astronomers at University College London of galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, published in Physical Review Letters, that found twice the clumpiness with distance predicted.  The study mapped galaxies at least 4 billion light-years away at length scales of 2 billion light years, representing a “reasonable fraction of the size of the universe” that “haven’t really been measured before.”….

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