Physics: Wave of the future
After two decades and more than half a billion dollars, LIGO, the world’s largest gravitational-wave observatory, is on the verge of a detection. Maybe.
In the Louisiana swamps just east of Baton Rouge, the daily hunt for gravitational waves cannot really get started until well after noon.
Mornings are a lost cause, thanks to the sonic chaos from traffic rumbling along the nearby interstate highway, trains roaring past and loggers occasionally unleashing their chainsaws on plantations of pine trees.
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Physics: Wave of the future

After two decades and more than half a billion dollars, LIGO, the world’s largest gravitational-wave observatory, is on the verge of a detection. Maybe.

In the Louisiana swamps just east of Baton Rouge, the daily hunt for gravitational waves cannot really get started until well after noon.

Mornings are a lost cause, thanks to the sonic chaos from traffic rumbling along the nearby interstate highway, trains roaring past and loggers occasionally unleashing their chainsaws on plantations of pine trees.

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