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Einstein was right again. There is a space-time vortex around Earth, and its shape precisely matches the predictions of Einstein's theory of gravity.
Researchers confirmed these points at a press conference today at NASA headquarters where they announced the long-awaited results of Gravity Probe B (GP-B).
"The space-time around Earth appears to be distorted just as general relativity predicts," says Stanford University physicist Francis Everitt, principal investigator of the Gravity Probe B mission.
Source: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news...11/04may_epic/

Simply astonishing that they can actually prove this kind of stuff. More astonishing that the brilliance of Einstein still shines through.

Apologies for repost etc.
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Whooooooooooooooooaaa duuuuuuuuuuuuuude!!!
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Somehow, I feel as if I've always known that...
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Originally Posted by SwishaMane View Post
Somehow, I feel as if I've always known that...
you have "known" that, but it was just assumed based on the math. now they have qualitative data to backup the quantitative predictions.
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Pretty cool, I wonder what prediction will be verified next...
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So what does this mean? Black holes actually suck stuff into another time and existence?
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Einstein was an amazing man, but I still feel FTL is possible no matter what he thought. To think that we know for certain that it's not is blasphemy.
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For some reason, what I find more amazing, is the instruments they used to prove the theory.

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news...26apr_gpbtech/
 
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Curved space time was experimentally verified back in 1801 by measuring the deflection of starlight by the sun, this most recent experiment just did it much more accurately.
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Aw snap, I'm a fan

This has been an amazing week for discoveries and tech, most definitely
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