‘Woohoo!’ email stokes rumor that gravitational waves have been spotted

It's just a rumor, but if specificity is any measure of credibility, it might just be right. For weeks,gossip has spread around the Internet that researchers with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) have spotted gravitational waves—ripples in space itself set off by violent astrophysical events. In particular, rumor has it that LIGO physicists have seen two black holes spiraling into each other and merging. But now, an email message that ended up on Twitter adds some specific numbers to those rumors. The author says he got the details from people who have seen the manuscript of the LIGO paper that will describe the discovery.

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Friday, 5 February, 2016

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