[Reblog]: Gravitational-wave rumours in overdrive

Physicists say they’ve heard that the LIGO observatory may have spotted the signature of merging black holes.
Davide Castelvecchi

12 January 2016

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Researchers work on the LIGO observatory’s detector in Livingston, Louisiana, in 2014.

Michael Fyffe/LIGO

Physicists have for months been buzzing about the possible detection of gravitational waves — a finding that would confirm one of the key predictions of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity. On 11 January, that speculation exploded in a frenzy of media headlines, after excited physicists spilled some of the gossip online.

Nature sorts through fact and fiction to explain the rumours — and when any glimpse of gravitational waves might be officially announced…

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