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Top Ten Science Stories of 2017

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on December 12th, 2017.

Who would’ve thought freshwater would be a major election issue this year? Alongside the tragic deaths from synthetic drugs, freshwater, biosecurity, earthquakes and volcanoes have all made a show in the year’s top science stories. Some of last year’s stories have continued to draw headlines, including the Kaikōura earthquake, Havelock North campylobacter outbreak and Predator […]

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Gravitational waves detected from two neutron stars colliding – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on October 17th, 2017.

For the first time, scientists have measured the violent death spiral of two dense neutron stars via gravitational waves. This new discovery from the LIGO-Virgo collaboration comes weeks after the detection of gravitational waves won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics. The August 17 (US time) event was detected by about 70 ground- and space-based observatories, marking the first […]

Gravitational wave discovery – In the News

John Kerr posted in on February 12th, 2016.

The discovery of tiny ripples in the fabric of space and time is causing big waves in national and global media. This morning scientists from the LIGO announced that they had detected gravitational waves, confirming predictions based on Einstein’s theory of relativity proposed 100 years ago. Read more about the discovery and expert reaction from […]

Gravitational waves found – Expert Reaction

John Kerr posted in on February 12th, 2016.

Scientists have confirmed the discovery of minuscule ripples in the fabric of space and time. This morning (NZT) researchers from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO), confirmed they had detected gravitational waves. A full release from LIGO is available here. Gravitational waves are distortions or ‘ripples’ in the fabric of space-time caused by some of […]

New Windows on the Universe – Prof David Wiltshire

John Kerr posted in on February 12th, 2016.

As researchers with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) announce they have spotted gravitational waves – ripples in space itself set off by violent astrophysical events – University of Canterbury Professor of Physics Dr David Wiltshire discusses what it means. The announcement that gravitational waves have been directly captured for the first time ever, from […]

First direct evidence of cosmic inflation – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on March 18th, 2014.

US scientists say they have detected ripples in the universe that provide evidence of a massive and rapid inflation in the immediate wake of the Big Bang. They also presented data that represent the first images of gravitational waves, or ripples in space-time, often described as the “first tremors of the Big Bang.” The discovery, […]

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