'Axis of evil' a cause for cosmic concern - honest!
Quote Some believe it is just a figment of overactive imaginations. But evidence is
growing that the so-called "axis of evil" - a pattern apparently imprinted on the radiation
left behind by the big bang - may be real, posing a threat to standard cosmology.
According to the standard model, the universe is isotropic, or much the same
everywhere. However, in 2005, Kate Land and João Magueijo of Imperial
College London noticed a curious pattern in the map of the cosmic microwave
background (CMB) created by NASA's WMAP satellite. It seemed to show that
some hot and cold spots in the CMB are not distributed randomly, as expected,
but are aligned along what Magueijo dubbed the axis of evil.