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We're Now One Step Closer to Detecting Gravitational Waves in Space

A planned space-based gravitational wave observatory is one step closer to becoming a reality because a critical technological component just passed a series of tests with flying colors. The LISA Pathfinder collaboration announced the results of these experiments at a press briefing in Madrid this morning, along with…

Black Hole Blues Gives a Ringside Seat to Discovery of Gravitational Waves

When the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) announced the first direct detection of gravitational waves, it was the culmination of 50 long years of hard work and perseverance in the face of skepticism. In her new book, Black Hole Blues, and Other Songs from Outer Space, astrophysicist Janna…

Gravitational Waves Explained to the Beat of 'Can't Feel My Face' Sounds Awesome

Are you tired of hearing about how awesome it is that we’ve discovered gravitational waves? LIGO is so last month, right? Here’s something to make the topic seem fresh and wondrous again: a delightful a cappella parody music video, set to the tune of The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face,” by A Capella Science.

A Brilliant Physicist Explains Gravitational Waves to Colbert

We all understand that the discovery of gravitational waves was a really big deal, but do you really understand what they are, why they’re important, or how LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory, found them? After watching this brilliant bit from last night’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,…

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.

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Watch Live as Physicists Make a Big Announcement About Gravitational Waves

Could the rumors be true? After a month of rampant speculation that physicists have finally discovered gravitational waves, today we learn the truth. Lead scientists from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) have assembled at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., and they’re about to…

Rumors Are Flying That We Finally Found Gravitational Waves 

Excited rumors began circulating on Twitter this morning that a major experiment designed to hunt for gravitational waves—ripples in the fabric of spacetime first predicted by Albert Einstein—has observed them directly for the very first time. If confirmed, this would be one of the most significant physics discoveries…