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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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LIGO witnesses another black hole crash

t looks as if gravitational-wave watchers are in for a bumpy, beautiful ride. Scientists using the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, or LIGO, have confirmed the detection of another merger involving two faraway black holes. The observations, which were made last … Continue reading

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Magnetoshell gets in on NASA’s way-out funding

A system that would use magnetic fields to ease a spacecraft into orbit after an interplanetary journey has won a $500,000 grant from NASA’s advanced research program for MSNW, a company based in Redmond. Wash. The money for MSNW is … Continue reading

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1,015 LIGO scientists share $3 million prize

This year’s revelations about gravitational waves are certain to win someone a Nobel Prize someday, but an even richer prize has already been awarded to the scientists behind the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, or LIGO. Caltech’s Kip Thorne and Ronald Drever, … Continue reading

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Collider gets set to take on antimatter mystery

What happened to all the antimatter? A particle-smasher in Japan is well on its way to addressing that question and others on the frontier of physics. The SuperKEKB accelerator is designed to smash together tightly focused beams of electrons and anti-electrons … Continue reading

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