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The Trenches of Discovery is a blog collectively authored by artists and scientists working actively in diverse fields of fundamental research: cosmology, biochemistry, aesthetics.

Our aim is to create a platform for this research to be shared and discussed: both between disciplines, and across them, to a wider community.

We hope this blog will spark an interest and a greater sense of involvement in what is often very specialized work. We want to create a mode of access to the truly astonishing discoveries occurring daily and in plain sight, yet strangely hidden, at universities, laboratories, museums, technical institutes, and so many other publicly-funded institutions of creativity and research.

Not least, we hope to broaden our own knowledge by conducting this discussion—across deep differences in specialization and training—online and in public. We're after the kinds of insights that can only be ignited by real, frictional collaboration: through conversation, disagreement, and an active sense of wonder.

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The shape of physical laws
[The following is a guest post from   Bjoern Malte Schaefer  ( see his last guest post here ). Bjoern is still one of the curators of the  Cosmology Question of the Week  blog, which is also still worth checking out. Enjoy!] Introduction The aim of theoreti...
[The following is a guest post from   Bjoern Malte Schaefer  ( see his last guest post here ). Bjoern is still one of the curators of the  C...
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LIGO's search for gravitational waves.
Here is an infographic showing how LIGO searches for gravitational waves. We're happy for it to be shared, so long as it is attributed to  @ashadesigns  and The Trenches of Discovery. For more details on why you should be interested in LIGO and gravitationa...
Here is an infographic showing how LIGO searches for gravitational waves. We're happy for it to ...
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Dark energy: onus of proof reversed
[Note from Shaun: The following is a guest post by Boud Roukema . Boud is a professor at the Toruń Centre for Astronomy at Nicolaus Copernicus University . Boud is one of the coauthors of the papers on the pro-backreaction side of the debate I referred to i...
[Note from Shaun: The following is a guest post by Boud Roukema . Boud is a professor at the Toruń ...
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Hypothesis: The future of peer review?
If I could recreate the way research results are quality checked and revealed to the world , I would probably change almost all of what is currently done. I think the isolated scientific paper is a product of the 20th century, being imposed on the 21st puel...
If I could recreate the way research results are quality checked and revealed to the world , I would probably change almost all of what is c...
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Early last week a news story broke about a supervoid. The supervoid was claimed to be a number of things, from an explanation for " th...
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In case anyone reading this doesn't recall, back in March an experiment known as BICEP2 made a ...
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Is there a new cosmological coincidence problem (or two)?
One of the consequences of the BICEP2 data from last week , should it hold up to scrutiny, and be seen by other experiments (I hope it holds...
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Trying to understand all this talk about gravitational waves? An experiment called LIGO is due to make an announcement. The announcement is likely to be that they have detected gravitational waves. How do they do this...?

This infographic might help.
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What's genome editing, and why is it important?
It’s an exciting time to be a biologist! Every few years it seems like there is another signi...
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In the last few weeks a disagreement has surfaced at the arXiv . The disagreement concerns whether backreaction is important in cosmology...
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Will Planck have some interesting things to say about inflation later this week?
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(and it probably isn't explained by a supervoid; although it is still anomalous) In the cosmic...
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