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'Secret of the universe' gravitational waves detected: Einstein's theory of general relativity was right.


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Historic!

Scientists have spotted gravitational waves in a historic discovery hailed as 'the biggest scientific breakthrough of the century'.

For the first time, researchers have detected the warping of space-time caused by a collision of two massive black holes - something first predicted in Einstein's Theory of General Relativity in 1915.

These gravitational waves, created 1.3 billion light-years from Earth, help confirm that our universe was created by the Big Bang, and will give an unprecedented glimpse into its beginning.

'Ladies and gentlemen, we have detected gravitational waves. We did it,' said California Institute of Technology physicist David Reitze, triggering applause at a packed news conference in Washington that followed weeks of speculation over the announcement.

Woot!  They were just planning LIGO when I graduated...

So now they have come full circle! Woot!

Really good demo for Stephen Colbert:

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