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Physicists Spot Four Black Hole Collisions, Including the Largest One Ever Recorded

Physicists have spotted four new instances of black holes colliding and sending their gravitational waves toward the Earth, including the most massive collision recorded to date. Read More >>

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Observatories Across the World Announce Groundbreaking New Gravitational Wave Discovery

Vicky Kalogera, a Northwestern University physicist, took her week of much-needed vacation in Utah this past August. She promised her family she’d stay off of email for a week. It wasn’t a real promise, of course, but she was going to try. She’d arranged the perfect day for August 17. Her husband was going to take the kids hiking in Arches National Park while she’d spend the whole day at the spa. Right as she left her room, she just had to give her email a peep. The deluge brought the news: Telescopes and detectors across the world were making a monumental observation. Read More >>

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Astronomers Think They Discovered the Missing Link in Black Hole Evolution

Science fiction doesn’t exist to make movies about the stuff we know about—it explores the unknown physics, astronomy, biology and chemistry where real uncertainty about topics can lead to compelling, believable stories. That’s what makes black holes such a popular subject; light can’t escape them, maybe they’re portals across space and time, and they seem to break the rules. But who needs fiction when there are already incredibly strange mysteries in the real world? Read More >>

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The Hunt for Gravitational Waves Is Officially Headed to Space

It took around a hundred years between Albert Einstein crafting his theory of general relativity and the confirmation of one of its wildest predictions, gravitational waves. So naturally, folks have been especially skeptical about funding expensive projects to look harder for them. But now that experiments are actually finding gravitational waves, scientists are ready to take the next step: Space. Read More >>

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Have Gravitational Waves Scarred the Fabric of Spacetime?

Car crashes, nuclear explosions, and even asteroid impacts are relatively puny compared with some of our universe’s other explosive events. Heck, a violent, seemingly infinitely hot explosion is probably what set the whole universe in motion in the first place. So big collisions, like those between black holes many times the mass of our sun, could have some pretty wild consequences. Like scarring spacetime itself. Read More >>

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The World’s Best Spacetime Ripple Detector Just Got Better

The world’s leading gravitational wave detector is back online and better than ever. After a series of upgrades, the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (Advanced LIGO) switched on yesterday. Physicists are already stoked about the cosmic collisions they’re going to measure during its next six-month run. Read More >>

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Scientists Have Detected Gravitational Waves Again

For the second time this year, physicists at the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational Waves Observatory (LIGO) are giddy with excitement. They’ve just confirmed the second detection of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of spacetime proposed by Albert Einstein a century ago. It seems we’ve officially entered the age of gravitational wave astronomy. Read More >>

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Here’s How You Can Help Hunt For Gravitational Waves

Last month, the world celebrated as physicists confirmed the existence of gravitational waves, proving Einstein right for the umpteenth time. But if you were looking to get in on the glory that comes with catching a spacetime ripple, now’s your chance. This week, scientists began enlisting ordinary plebs like us to help make the next gravitational wave discovery. Read More >>

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Truthers Think Gravity Waves Are a Hoax to Convince Us the World Is Round

Not one week after physicists confirmed the existence of gravitational waves, the conspiracy theorists are out in force, shouting to the heavens that the “breakthrough” was a lie invented by fame-hungry scientists, supported by money-hungry institutions, and regurgitated by the traffic-hungry news media. Read More >>

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The Next Big Gravitational Waves Experiment Is Just Getting Started in Space  

On December 3rd, the LISA Pathfinder, humanity’s first bold attempt to hunt for gravitational waves from outer space, blasted into orbit. Two months and a million miles later, the first phase of LISA Pathfinder’s scientific operations has begun. Read More >>

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Your Questions About Gravitational Waves, Answered

Last week's big announcement on the discovery of gravitational waves will raise many questions for the casual science observer. And Dr. Amber Stuver of the LIGO Livingston Observatory in Louisiana is here today with some answers. Read More >>

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Physicists are Over the Moon About Gravitational Waves and You Should Too

After five months of keeping their stupendous discovery under wraps, physicists at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) are finally allowed to freak out publicly about gravitational waves. And they’re enjoying the hell out of it. Read More >>

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We’ve Found Gravitational Waves. Now What?

David Reitze, executive director of the LIGO Laboratory, took the podium at the National Press Building in Washington, DC, this morning, and said the words we’ve all been waiting on tenterhooks to hear: “We have discovered gravitational waves.” And a packed auditorium in Caltech’s Cahill building in Pasadena — where people had gathered to watch the live feed – erupted into wild applause. Read More >>

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This Is What Gravitational Waves Sound Like

Scientists just announced the detection of gravitational waves, a discovery first reported by Gizmodo that stands to change the way we understand our universe in extraordinary ways. That said, gravitational waves are way to small to see. But you can hear them with the right instruments. Read More >>