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Submission + - LIGO confirms gravity waves from black hole collision 1

DudeTheMath writes: NPR has a nice write-up of the newly-published results. "[R]esearchers say they have detected rumblings from that cataclysmic collision as ripples in the very fabric of space-time itself. The discovery comes a century after Albert Einstein first predicted such ripples should exist. ... The signal in the detector matches well with what's predicted by Einstein's original theory, according to [Saul] Teukolsky [of Cornell], who was briefed on the results."

Submission + - Faster-than-light neutrinos may be error caused by loose cable (sciencemag.org) 2

semi-extrinsic writes: "Everyone remembers the faster-than-light neutrinos reported by the OPERA experiment in collaboration with CERN last year. ScienceInsider now reports that the headline-causing result may turn out to be a measurement error caused by a loose cable:

"According to sources familiar with the experiment, the 60 nanoseconds discrepancy appears to come from a bad connection between a fiber optic cable that connects to the GPS receiver used to correct the timing of the neutrinos' flight and an electronic card in a computer."

The report comes from an anonymous source, and is yet unconfirmed, but if confirmed would be a disappointing result for all those hoping that we had stumbled across new physics."

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