Originally Posted by R00ST3R
I hate to be the voice of pessimism here, but I wonder sometimes if these results are born from a technology that's designed to "find" the assumed results. I'm not arguing against the theories of Einstein, or against these results even. Just can't help wondering how they go about developing tech to find objective results sometimes.
They go about developing tech to find objective results because they need a method of finding the results accurately. The accuracy is important with this, so they had to develop tech to build the most perfect sphere built by humans yet, find a way of reading the gyroscope without touching it, isolating the gyroscope.
The tech is, in a way, designed to "find" the results, but really it is assisting the brilliant minds at NASA to confirm their hypothesis.
As far as developing the tech itself: brilliant engineers + time + experimentation + funding. Never underestimate our species' ability to create.
In response to the article, I think it's a brilliantly designed experiment that confirms Einstein's General Theory of Relativity in respect to the warping of space-time by a rotating body. It's been an interesting week for physics news, with this, CERN's success in holding antimatter for 16 minutes in a magnetic field, and the developments with quantum information stored in an atom.Edited by ArchLinuxFTW - 5/6/11 at 7:06pm