Grand Visions for the Future of U.S. Science in a New Global Era

American Association for the Advancement of Science

Relatively quiet, fundamental work for creating American wealth and well being. Road mapping the direction of American science over the next decade.

Session: Grand Visions for the Future of U.S. Science in a New Global Era (2016 AAAS Annual Meeting (February 11-15, 2016))

Where do we want to see science in the United States in 2025, and in 2050? The U.S. was a strong global leader in science and technology, innovation and entrepreneurship, for most of the previous century. However, the pace of scientific progress and innovation in the 21st century is increasing across the world and the economic playing field is leveling.


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NOBEL WORTHY HISTORIC DISCOVERY OF GRAVITY WAVES AMAZES STEPHEN HAWKING

Colliding blackholes generating a spacetime hurricane.

I’m thinking physics news that amazes Hawking is historically amazing.

“This is just the first step in a much larger and more exciting development,” says Ilya Mandel, a theoretical physicist at the University of Birmingham, UK. Gravitational waves will join γ-rays, X-rays and radio waves as “part of the toolkit that we have for understanding the universe”, he says.

I love this part of the story: they auralized it.

 

 

The physicists who discovered this described the collision of these two black holes as a “storm in spacetime.”  <– ridiculously cool phrase.

Visualization of the two black holes hooking up and having a spacetime storm baby.

 

 


The historic Physical Review Letters:

http://journals.aps.org/prl/

Great graphics from the article:

black holes colliding

black holes colliding

Nature’s presentation of how the gravity waves were detected:

Einstein’s gravitational waves found at last

LIGO ‘hears’ space-time ripples produced by black-hole collision.

 

How they found it.

Einstein’s gravitational waves found at last

One hundred years after Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves, scientists have finally spotted these elusive ripples in space-time. In a highly anticipated announcement, physicists with the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) revealed on 11 February that their twin detectors have heard the gravitational ‘ringing’ produced by the collision of two black holes about 400 megaparsecs (1.3 billion light-years) from Earth.

 

 

 

 

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