The BBC are reporting today that "A team of physicists has claimed that our view of the early Universe may contain the signature of a time before the Big Bang." This report traces back to a Arxiv article by Erickcek, Kamionkowski, and Carroll of Stanford in which it is stated that: "There is an anomaly in the CMB: measurements from the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) ... indicate that the temperature-fluctuation amplitude is larger, by roughly 10% in one hemisphere than in the other. This power asymmetry occurs at the 99% C. L., and it cannot be attributed to any known astrophysical foreground or experimental artifact. This asymmetry has gone largely unnoticed". They go on to explaining this anomaly (that had been previously swept under some carpet?) by postulating a "superhorizon sinusoidal perturbation to (a) curvaton field" postulated by [URL="arXiv:hep-ph/0110096]Moroi and Takahashi [/URL] among others, that contributes to inflation. It's the superhorizon part that seems to have generated the signature mentioned by the BBC. Being in a curmudgeonly mood, I'm curious as to whether the cosmologial community have any comments on this development. Do they?