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Gravitational Waves Found: Kip Thorne Explains

Scientific American's Josh Fischman talks with renowned astrophysicist and general relativity expert Kip Thorne about the discovery of gravitational waves by the LIGO Project, co-founded by Thorne.   
 

10 hours ago — Josh Fischman and Steve Mirsky

Watch How Gravitational Waves Dance across the Universe

LIGO scientist David Reitze takes us on a 1.3 billion year journey that begins with the violent merger of two black holes in the distant universe. The event produced gravitational waves, tiny ripples in the fabric of space and time, which LIGO detected as they passed Earth on September 14, 2015.

20 hours ago

Space Junk Litters the Solar System

The remains of human space exploration are strewn across the solar system, from dozens of dead spacecraft abandoned on the moon to the comet lander Philae, declared out of contact last week.

February 8, 2016 — Lydia Chain and Jennifer Hackett

GPS and the World's First "Space War"

Satellite-based navigation proved its mettle during the 1991 Persian Gulf War, leading to what some say is an overdependence on “jammable” GPS technology

February 8, 2016 — Larry Greenemeier

The Comet That Battered Jupiter, and Shook Congress

After Shoemaker–Levy 9 wrecked havoc on the solar system’s largest planet in 1994, for a rare moment on Earth politics were not parochial, but astronomical. Its political and scientific legacy still shines today

February 1, 2016 — Christine Gorman

Scientists Try to Grow Peruvian Potatoes on "Mars"

A South American experiment seeks to find if potatoes could be grown on Mars as a food source for future astronauts. They also hope the data will help them better understand how this staple may be affected by climate change on Earth 

February 2, 2016 — Andrea Small Carmona

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