LIGO discovery named Science's 2016 Breakthrough of the Year

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  1. paddoboy Valued Senior Member

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    The scientific journal, Science, has chosen as its 2016 Breakthrough of the Year the discovery of tiny ripples in spacetime called gravitational waves – a finding that confirmed a century-old prediction by Albert Einstein. LSU faculty and graduate students are part of the 1,000-member LIGO Scientific Collaboration responsible for the discovery. LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy Professor Gabriela González serves as the spokesperson for the LIGO, or Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, international collaboration.

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  3. danshawen Valued Senior Member

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    Agree. Once in a lifetime event, as good or better than the discovery of the Higgs boson, or even landing on the Moon.
     
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  5. quantum_wave Contemplating the "as yet" unknown Valued Senior Member

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    It was an exciting confirmation of gravitational waves. In regard to cosmology, perhaps as great as the discovery of the CMB, and redshift. All of them are connected in ways still to be further understood, with certainly some major discoveries yet to follow. Exciting times seem to be happening for us, as they were for generations past, and will be out into the future.
     
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