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Scientists await word on gravitational waves

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 00:51

A century after Einstein proposed it, scientists may be close to confirming the existence of gravitational waves. Katie Sargent reports

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One hundred years after Albert Einstein hypothesized that gravitational waves may exist, scientists could be ready to confirm they're out there. Gravitational waves are small ripples in space and time that cross the universe at the speed of light. Scientists from the California Institute of Technology, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the LIGO Scientific Collaboration who've been trying to track the waves, are holding a news conference Thursday. They're calling it a "status report" but it's widely expected they'll say they have achieved their goal. The existence of gravitational waves would provide a whole new way to observe the cosmos and unlock secrets about mysterious objects like neutron stars and black holes.

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Scientists await word on gravitational waves

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 00:51