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Submission + - Gravitational Waves Discovered at Long Last (quantamagazine.org)

An anonymous reader writes: Ripples in space-time caused by the violent mergers of black holes have been detected, 100 years after these “gravitational waves” were predicted by Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity and half a century after physicists set out to look for them.

The landmark discovery was reported today by the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (Advanced LIGO) team, confirming months of rumors that have surrounded the group’s analysis of its first round of data. Astrophysicists say the detection of gravitational waves opens up a new window on the universe, revealing faraway events that can’t be seen by optical telescopes, but whose faint tremors can be felt, even heard, across the cosmos.

“We have detected gravitational waves. We did it!” announced David Reitze, executive director of the 1,000-member team, at a National Science Foundation press conference today in Washington, D.C.

Comment Re:I liked it more before.... (Score 2) 233

of course supporting your tribal group is acting in your own best interest

That is a nice statement but individuals, even atheistic ones, sometimes do things for the benefit of their tribal group when it involves a certain death, instant or not. Soldiers, policemen, heroes, etc. The person itself cannot benefit anymore of these 'nice' things but still they will do whatever they think is the right thing. Your statement subsequently cannot cover everyone and every action, and therefor your subsequent statement that people refuse to think seems a bit ironic.

Comment Re:And that's why I'm backing Sanders (Score 2) 370

For some reason it is totally fine for right wingers to fingerpoint day in day out even if it is complete garbage. Then when a 'leftie' says hey these guys are fingerpointing youre telling this guy should not fingerpoint?

What is this 'European-style "classes"' you're talking about anyway? First of all in general the European income equality is much better then the US, secondly Europe isn't a single country, each has its own perks and rationale

Comment Re:The long and short of it. (Score 1) 174

No the increase of the expansion velocity is mainly because of the creation of space in between galaxies, not because of a decreased effect of gravity.

This is one of the weird properties of what is being observed, because it implies that our universe will be increasingly dominated by dark energy. Current dark energy accounts for 70% of the energy balance of the universe. With the space being created also containing 'new' dark energy this number will increase in the future, quite possibly exponentially based on the existing observations.

Comment StartsWithABang clickbaiting again? (Score 3, Insightful) 97

It's the holy grail of modern pseudo-scientists: getting an angreement with a former major geek site, allowed to directly post articles. Sure, there are unanswered questions in it, ranging from dark matter to the hierarchy problem to the strong-CP problem, but still they swallow the clickbait until they find another method to squeeze the last remaining bit of income from this community. Or is there? Take a look at the evidence from user StartsWithABang, and see what might be the future of Slashdot.

Submission + - CmdrTaco: Anti-Beta Movement a "Vocal Minority" (washingtonpost.com) 30

Antipater writes: The furor over Slashdot Beta is loud enough that even outside media has begun to notice. The Washington Post's tech blog The Switch has written a piece on the issue, and the anti-Beta protesters aren't going to be happy about it. The Post questioned Slashdot founder Rob Malda, who believes the protests are the work of only a vocal minority or readers: "It's easy to forget that the vocal population of a community driven site like Slashdot might be the most important group, but they are typically also the smallest class of users." The current caretakers of Slashdot need to balance the needs of all users with their limited engineering resources, Malda argues — noting wryly, "It ain't easy."

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