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Universe seen at 'full throttle'

A major effort is under way to observe the Universe in its most vibrant epoch.

UK, Canadian and Dutch astronomers are looking back 10 billion years in time to see galaxies when they produced stars a thousand times faster than anything in the local cosmos today. The work employs a new camera, Scuba-2, recently fitted to the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope in Hawaii.

Prof James Dunlop from the University of Edinburgh says Scuba-2 detects light at "sub-mm" wavelengths.