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January 8th, 2003

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01:41 pm - Pretend I know something about science...
Shocking new disclosure that isn't shocking and doesn't change anything... yet. "'You can rule out a speed of gravity greater than twice the speed of light with a high degree of confidence,' Fomalont told the American Astronomical Society's meeting in Seattle this week." Ah, scientists giving quotes for the media. Found result: gravity = 1.06c +/- 20%.

And from a materials point of view (maryneedssleep), this is fairly promising.

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Date:January 8th, 2003 10:47 am (UTC)
What's with you and the bad username tags?
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Date:January 8th, 2003 11:33 am (UTC)
You've discovered my secret: I suck.

That, or I just keep missing a final quote character, and don't check.
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Date:January 8th, 2003 11:07 am (UTC)
The only significance of this experiement is that it's the first one measuring the speed of gravity. Einstein already believed it to be equal to the speed of light, and this experiment agrees with that.
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Date:January 8th, 2003 11:39 am (UTC)
Yeah. I was just amused at how similar it was to the most recent prior science link I had
posted. The attitude of both is "New Information! No one is Suprised!". I agree it was significant, and the technique used was pretty sophisticated (it has been a pretty big question of even how to test this supposition). And in general, science is not about suprises, just evidence. Some of the other articles on it try to draw more import from the work (The new number announced yesterday will curb some of the more exotic notions of theorists working to formulate a "theory of everything" that unifies concepts of particle physics with scientists' understanding of gravity, and presents a coherent portrait of nature from the tiniest subatomic particle to the most titanic structures in the cosmos. from the Washington Post)
Date:January 8th, 2003 03:40 pm (UTC)
I hadn't seen that... cool!

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