Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Heavy news, man

Much excitement in cosmology and physics departments around the world at the moment as a strong rumour circulates that gravitational waves have been discovered at LIGO. If confirmed it could be one of the greatest scientific discoveries this century so far and another pillar of Einstein's General Relativity theory ticked. Gravitational waves are the stuff of science fiction, caused by huge masses and the acceleration of huge masses, they are (in theory) capable of bending the fabric of space-time much like a lead-weight would bend a sheet of cling-film if placed on it.

Who knows, if true there may well turn out to be a way of doing warp-drive after all; engage..!

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