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Physicists Are Freaking Out About Gravitational Waves And You Should Too

After five months of keeping their stupendous discovery under wraps, physicists at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) are finally allowed to freak out publicly about gravitational waves. And they’re enjoying the hell out of it.

Science Nerd Twitter Reacts To The Discovery Of Gravitational Waves

The physics world erupted with joy and wonder this morning, when scientists from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) confirmed the existence of gravitational waves. This will easily be the science story of the year, so people are naturally freaking out.

We've Found Gravitational Waves, Now What?

David Reitze, executive director of the LIGO Laboratory, took the podium at the National Press Building in Washington, DC, this morning, and said the words we’ve all been waiting on tenterhooks to hear: “We have discovered gravitational waves.” And a packed auditorium in Caltech’s Cahill building in Pasadena — where people had gathered to watch the live feed — erupted into wild applause.

This Is What Gravitational Waves Sound Like

Scientists just announced the detection of gravitational waves, a discovery first reported by Gizmodo that stands to change the way we understand our universe in extraordinary ways. That said, gravitational waves are way to small to see. But you can hear them with the right instruments.

Gravitational Waves Have Been Discovered

Video: After a month of rampant speculation that physicists have finally discovered gravitational waves, today we learned the truth. Lead scientists from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) assembled at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, to make a big announcement.

Scientists Can Make Aerogel From Waste Paper

Aerogel is usually the preserve of expensive laboratory experiments — but what if you could make it from garbage? Now, a team of researchers has developed a technique to turn scrap paper into an incredibly light, highly insulating super material.

Watch Stephen Hawking's BBC Lectures On Black Holes With Chalkboard Illustrations

Now you can watch as well as listen as world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking expounds upon his latest ideas about the knotty black hole information paradox, playfully illustrated by chalkboard artist Andrew Park.

Chinese Fusion Test Hits 50 Million Celsius For 102 Seconds

Tests at a fusion reactor in China have hit a major milestone. The experiments have created plasma with a temperature of 50 million degrees Celsius — hotter than the core of our Sun — and sustained the state for over a minute and a half.

Rumour Mill Heats Up Again For Discovery Of Gravitational Waves

Hey, remember when we told you about those rumours that physicists may have finally found gravitational waves? It’s been pretty quiet since then, but yesterday fresh rumours surfaced that yes, the discovery is real. And we could have an official announcement by 11 February.

Scientists In Germany Take A Major Step Towards Nuclear Fusion

Physicists in Germany have used an experimental nuclear fusion device to produce hydrogen plasma in a process similar to what happens on the Sun. The test marks an important milestone on the road towards this super-futuristic source of cheap and clean nuclear energy.

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