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Gravitational wave hunters win Nobel for physics

This year’s Nobel Prize for physics is going, unsurprisingly, to three people who represent the hundreds of researchers behind the first direct detection of gravitational waves at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, or LIGO. Some of those researchers work at the LIGO … Continue reading

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The gravitational-wave hunt just got bigger

Astronomers have detected their fourth gravitational wave from the merger of two black holes, but this one marks a new milestone. It’s the first wave picked up by the Virgo gravitational-wave detector in Italy — and the first opportunity to triangulate on its … Continue reading

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Einstein’s love life vs. his love of physics

National Geographic Channel’s “Genius” TV series on Albert Einstein spends almost as much time on the famous physicist’s love life as it does on his theory of relativity – and his most recent biographer, Walter Isaacson, says that’s just as it should … Continue reading

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UW’s first Nobel laureate dies at 94

The University of Washington says the first Nobel laureate in its history, Hans Georg Dehmelt, has passed away in Seattle at the age of 94 after a long illness. Dehmelt won a share of the Nobel physics prize in 1989 … Continue reading

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EmDrive thruster attracts notice from skeptics

For years, space geeks have been intrigued by the idea of propulsion systems that don’t need propellant – and now one of the best-known concepts, known as the EmDrive, is getting a serious once-over. The EmDrive, short for electromagnetic drive, could be … Continue reading

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2016: The Year in Aerospace and Science

The biggest science story of 2016 was a century in the making, and will surely earn someone a Nobel Prize. The first detection of gravitational waves from the crash of two black holes is important not only for the physics … Continue reading

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LIGO goes back to the gravity-wave grind

The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory is back on the hunt for ripples in spacetime, months after reporting the first signature of a black hole collision in gravitational waves. After a series of upgrades, the LIGO detectors at Hanford in Washington state and … Continue reading

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