Physicists say they’ve heard that the LIGO observatory may have spotted the signature of merging black holes. Davide Castelvecchi
12 January 2016
Researchers work on the LIGO observatory’s detector in Livingston, Louisiana, in 2014.
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…