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What's this gravity buzz?
Gravity warps the fabric of space time in waves.
This has long been a theory, but extremely difficult to prove because gravity is such a weak force and the waves are extremely difficult to detect.
They detected them. Everyone's chuffed.

Einstein was a badass.
 

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Gravity warps the fabric of space time in waves.
This has long been a theory, but extremely difficult to prove because gravity is such a weak force and the waves are extremely difficult to detect.
They detected them. Everyone's chuffed.

Einstein was a badass.
Yeah, but what's the upshot?
Are we going to get to time travel anytime soon?
 

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Yeah, but what's the upshot?
Are we going to get to time travel anytime soon?
I don't think so, unfortunately.
For me the upshot is that this Einstein header, came up with this 100 years ago - around the time we figured out how to fly - and he did it with a pencil and paper and some quiet time. No big computer, no big space telescope or what have you.
He just figured it out himself. Might have used a protractor, maybe. That's it.
It's taken all of these boffins with all of their machines and all of their money all of this time to find these waves. And even then, they wouldn't have even known to look without ol' Albert telling them they were there.
What a mind.
 

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Yeah, but what's the upshot?
Are we going to get to time travel anytime soon?
Here's a person who worked on the project trying to describe the practical benefits of discovering gravitational waves:
Living LIGO: Q: How can gravitational waves help mankind?

As far as I can see, it's mostly useful for other people researching physics and astronomy (including things like being able to find out more about how the very early universe just after the big bang looked, because gravitational waves aren't blocked by matter like light is).. Also they developed some incredibly sensitive detectors for the experiment which might come in handy for things like earthquake prediction..
 

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