In 1965, Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson published a scientific study which proved that a radio signal with a wavelength of 7.3 cm was being emitted uniformly throughout all parts of the sky. This signal became known as cosmic microwave background radiation. 1 Penzias and Wilson won the Nobel Prize in physics in 1978 for their findings. It is believed that this cosmic static is comprised of photons of energy that are still cooling 15 billion years after the Big Bang.
- No longer, however, an effective visual trope for red rimmed late night insomnia; one can stay up 24 hours several days in a row without ever running across the once ubiquitous screen. Unlike, say, fresh faced farm girls (here in Fly Over Country) who manage to make sure you know like, YOLO, dude. That’s enough to give one pause, turn up the gain on the internal white noise a bit. Whether it keeps you up all night depends on how deep you are into ‘fresh faced.’ ↩