[ExI] ants in the uwave, was: RE: Gravitational Waves Detected By LIGO!
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Thu Feb 11 21:37:11 UTC 2016
From: extropy-chat [mailto:extropy-chat-bounces at lists.extropy.org] On Behalf Of John Clark
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Subject: Re: [ExI] Gravitational Waves Detected By LIGO!
On Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 2:29 PM, spike <spike66 at att.net <mailto:spike66 at att.net> > wrote:
>>… back in the early 90s, when Kip Thorne and Drever and those guys were setting up LIGO, there were good arguments at the time, some with pretty convincing-looking equations in refereed papers, that GWs would never be detected with that technology. As I recall, the argument was that the interferometry techniques couldn’t get sufficient resolution to see GWs, which those same papers agreed are there.
>…And the critics were correct, the old
LIGO wasn't sensitive enough to detect gravitational waves unless you were unrealistically lucky and 2 black holes happened to merge very near to Earth , but after LEGO big upgrade it could detect when the distance between 2 mirrors 2 and a half miles away changed by only 10^-18 meters (less than one thousandth the width of a proton) and that was good enough to get the job done. John K Clark
Cool thanks John. After struggling to grasp Thorne’s book I didn’t revisit the topic and didn’t realize they had upgraded those instruments.
Do you know of any reliable sources regarding what happens to biomes if gravity waves are formed nearby? I had kinda envisioned it as like ants in the microwave: they don’t seem to notice.
Here’s one for you, since I am drifting off the topic anyway: ants do die in the microwave, if you put them on the outside of a turntable. You need to have them in something so they don’t just wander away. I haven’t tried it with other beasts, but don’t bother contacting SPCA, they don’t care about bugs. They might as well call it SPCM because they think anything that isn’t a mammal isn’t an animal. Silly persons.
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