Blockchain: The Missing Link Between Genomics and Privacy?

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Blockchain: The Missing Link Between Genomics and Privacy?

Genomic testing is ushering in a new age of medicine, as we get closer to the $100 genome. Patients can be treated with much more precision, …
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Confused about blockchain? You should be

Blockchain, at least in the UK, is so very ‘past peak’ in the Gartner Hype Cycle. By now you are likely bored to death hearing about its miraculous …
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Why blockchain technology may be the next big thing

Instead, with his second venture Aicumen, he, wants to focus on a new way of doing business by combining blockchain and AI to build Krama, …
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Blockchain technology could increase the trust in data that we never knew we’d lost

So says 3months.com director Mark Pascall, organiser of theBlockchain.nz – a three-day conference featuring 30 international speakers that kicks off …
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Re-Imagining the Future of Finance with Blockchain

Blockchain works on a distributed ledger model that records every transaction and maintains the chronology and authenticity of that information on a …
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CoinDesk Report: Advances in Blockchain Privacy & Confidentiality

CoinDesk’s newest report aims to serve as a reference guide for those seeking to make blockchain business decisions today, covering in depth the …
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With Blockchain Tallying, Rock N Roll Hall of Fame 2017 Vote Escapes Scrutiny

And so, the Cleveland, Ohio based museum contracted Votem, a blockchain-based voting system provider, to ensure the integrity of the 2017 vote.
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Bonding Experience: Can Kenya Pave a Path for Blockchain Change?

As CoinDesk reported this week, the World Bank plans to formally support the project with research on, among other things, how blockchain …
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Blockchain Biometrics Chimera for Secure Transactions

A combination of biometric authentication and blockchain based storage solution can enhance the security of payment applications worldwide.
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Overstock Ramps Up Blockchain Spending With $8 Million Q1 Loss

Medici, the blockchain technology arm of online retailer Overstock.com, is already on pace to exceed its 2016 spending on distributed ledger R&D.
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Huge Blockchain Potential for IoT Applications if Vendors Can Tackle Barriers to Growth

Huge Blockchain Potential for IoT Applications if Vendors Can Tackle Barriers to Growth. Information contained on this page is provided by an …
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Wrap of Week #17: Blockchain-Bitcoin-Crypto, BondIT, SME banking, Insurtech, Triodos Bank

We started the week with our Blockchain Bitcoin & Crypto Weekly CXO Briefing Week 3 Fintech for bond portfolio management has very few players.
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Java Developer/Java Engineer – Leading Blockchain Fintech

We are looking for a Java Developer/Java Engineer (Leading Blockchain Fintech) for our three-year-old international fintech startup to help us fulfil our …
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How One London Startup Plans to Conquer the Bitcoin ATM Industry

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Exclusive Interview with BitFury CEO: Bitcoin Mining, Blockchain, SegWit & More

Cointelegraph spoke to Valery Vavilov, BitFury CEO, about mining, government Blockchain implementation, the first SegWit block mined and future …
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Techshares Help Enterprises Better to Finance During Blockchain

Many enterprises also aware that blockchain technology could better help with their busniesses,TechShares decentralization exchange will allow all …
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European Commission To Establish EU Blockchain Observatory

The European Commission (EC) will tender offers for a service contract to establish a European Union (EU) Blockchain Observatory in response to a …
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How To Setup An Ethereum Private Node

A private node is very handy for testing configuration options, smart contract code and in general playing around with blockchain environment.
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How One London Startup Plans to Conquer the Bitcoin ATM Industry

More needs to be done to educate others about cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. That’s why we’re here to bring online currency to the high …
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Ethereum’s Proof of Stake is 75 Percent Complete

Vitalik Buterin is one of the biggest players behind Ethereum, he is one of the founders and currently working as lead developer. Vitalik Buterin …
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Florida Bill Aims To Add Virtual Currency To AML Statutes

An act designed to add virtual currencies to Florida’s anti-money laundering statutes has unanimously passed three state committees. Bill Targets …
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Bitcoin Price Weekly Analysis – BTC/USD Monstrous Bullish Trend

Key Points Bitcoin price is currently trading higher and well above the $1300 handle against the US Dollar. There is a monster ascending channel with …
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Fintech developments could affect the Island

Referring to blockchain technology – which essentially provides an additional layer of security to databases or transactions – Mr Carney added: ‘The …
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Is a Lack of Regulation Stifling Bitcoin Growth?

Blockchain technology is poised to re-engineer the world as we know it,” said Blockchain at the time. “In fact, there is general consensus that the …
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Blockchain 360 New York 2017

Blockchain 360 New York 2017. Oct 23, 2017 – Oct 24, 2017. Intercontinental Times Square, 300 W 44th St, New York, New York, USA. Improving …
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6 Blockchain-based Digital ID Management Platforms

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6 Blockchain-based Digital ID Management Platforms to Keep an eye on

Blockchain technology can be used for many different purposes, including powering networks such as bitcoin. Digital identity management is an area …
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Why Blockchain May Be Your Next Supply Chain

Blockchain technology may be shaking up a supply chain near you. It’s smarter, it’s faster, and it gets more participants on board. In a recent piece at …
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European Commission Backs Blockchain Pilot With €500k Budget

The European Union’s executive branch is establishing an “observatory” focused on blockchain as part of a wider pilot project. Unveiled earlier this …
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Mike O’Donnell: Volkswagen, Blockchain, and the fear of disruption

Sadly, the Blockchain philosophy has had the opposite experience, with its first real market manifestation being a cryptocurrency called Bitcoin.
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Documentary Presents Accessible Intro to Impact of Blockchain Tech

Delving into how the blockchain ecosystem can shape our future is Swiss-born economist and filmmaker Manuel Stagars, who filmed the recently …
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Industries Gauge Blockchain’s Promise to Unlock New Economic Value

A few weeks ago I attended the IBM Blockchain Summit 2017 in New York. The Summit included presentations of concrete blockchain use cases in a …
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Delaware Law Amendments Would Facilitate Blockchain Maintenance of Corporate Records

In 2015, the then-Governor Jack Markell announced an initiative to embrace blockchain technology, which eventually saw the DSBA Corporation Law …
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Why Europe and China are Ahead of US in Blockchain Development

The US is falling behind China and Europe in blockchain development primarily due to the lack of regulatory frameworks. With a practical approach …
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OUTLIER VENTURES AND IMPERIAL COLLEGE’S BLOCKCHAIN LAB IC3RE SIGN 3 YEAR …

The Imperial College Centre for Cryptocurrency Research & Engineering (IC3RE) at Imperial College London has joined forces with blockchain …
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First European Blockchain for Healthcare conference #bc4hc on 31 May 2017 in Berlin

The first European Blockchain for Healthcare conference is targeted at C-level executives from the healthcare and health insurance industries as well …
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Blockchain Will Change the World. We Think.

Attendees at an MIT conference have big hopes for blockchain. But multiple technical and regulatory issues must be solved first.
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Dot Blockchain Music

An introduction to the overall technical architecture for Phase 2 of Dot Blockchain Music. Presented by Chris Tse, Tech Lead of the dotBC Open …
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From concept to production: Getting real with blockchain at Consensus

Enterprise leaders are reimagining their business processes with blockchain. Join Consensus 2017 to be part of the transformation in your industry.
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Tradable and scarce digital assets on the blockcha…

Could the blockchain be used to maintain a chain of custody on digital documents? If there were laws and regulations supporting this, I think it could …
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Why banking should stay well clear of blockchains

If the financial services industry is banking on blockchains as the basis for new service innovation, it will be sorely disappointed. Blockchains‘ design …
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SolarCoin, Blockchain and Utilities Industry Data Storage challenges

The Blockchain based cryptocurrency SolarCoin is set to revolutionize the electricity industry – and data storage.
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Blockchain and the wisdom of crowds

His excellent presentation on the difference between a blockchain and database and the niches that the former ought to fill stole the show for me, and …
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Senior QA Engineer – Blockchain!

Senior QA Engineer – Blockchain! in Belfast – Recruit NI, Northern Ireland’s Leading Recruitment Website.
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Humaniq at Blockchain conference in Moscow!

Two days ago, on Wednesday I attended the Blockchain and Bitcoin Conference in Moscow with Humaniq team.

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Financial Spring Cleaning: For Bitcoin, Save All Records Forbes


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Financial Spring Cleaning: For Bitcoin, Save All Records

“That’s a warning sign to taxpayers that they need to stop underreporting their bitcoin income, because it will become a point of enforcement by the IRS …
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Meet the millennials making big money riding China’s bitcoin wave

Huai Yang, one of a growing band of China’s bitcoin traders making a fortune from the cryptocurrency. Photograph: Naomi Goddard for the Guardian.
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Bitcoin Price Breaks $1215 Due to Rapid Mainstream Adoption in Japan

On April 1, the Bitcoin legalization billdraftedby the Japanese government’s Financial System Council was taken into full effect, officially recognizing …
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Evil ISPs could disrupt Bitcoin’s blockchain

Attacks on Bitcoin just keep coming: ETH Zurich boffins have worked with Aviv Zohar of The Hebrew University in Israel to show off how to attack the …
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Is bitcoin ‘money’ or something else? Courts wade in

When talking about the bizarre and sudden appeal of bitcoin, finance expert Brian Wolfe likes to compare it to a currency we all know: the U.S. dollar.
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Deloitte’s Cunning Bitcoin and Blockchain Plan

One of the main barriers to the widespread acceptance of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies outside of the digital world is that so far there have been …
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Bitcoin’s existential crisis

In order to scale up bitcoin, Bitcoin Unlimited aims to remove the block size limit altogether, thereby allowing the miners to reach a consensus on their …
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Invest Your Bitcoins in a Provably Fair Bitcoin Casino

When it comes to spending your bitcoin (BTC), it makes sense that you want to ensure that you hang onto as much of your funds as humanly possible.
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Banning Bitcoin Will See Government Losing out on Opportunities

If the Indian government decides to ban Bitcoin, it may rob the country of a number of development opportunities in the financial sector. Read more.
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Russia Set to Legalize Bitcoin by 2018, Track Every Transaction

Russian authorities are looking into the possibility of legalizing operations with bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies within the framework of curbing …
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Paybis Makes Buying Bitcoin a Lot Easier with Credit Cards

UK-based Paybis has announced that it will now support the purchase of bitcoin through all major credit cards, on its platform.
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Ask HN: What is your opinion on the Bitcoin debate?

There is currently a large debate going on in the bitcoin world. The main development team of bitcoin wants to keep the current block size limit and …
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Money missing after bitcoin atm withdrawal attempt

Dear Sir/Madam, I have sent Bitcoins to the following wallet: 1CR1tqpQUWefgCqXDDW9C57CASuppGVFuA The transaction was carried out on the …
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5 Blockchain Trends for 2017

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5 Blockchain Trends for 2017

Blockchain moved beyond being just the technology behind bitcoin in 2016, showing it has the potential to disrupt many different industries.
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The Brooklyn microgrid: blockchain-enabled community power

In Brooklyn, LO3 Energy has teamed up with Siemens to create a pilot microgrid using blockchain technology. Residents with solar panels can sell …
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Deloitte’s Cunning Bitcoin and Blockchain Plan

Deloitte has been involved in blockchain technologies and cryptocurrencies like bitcoin for some time, but the company is now working on creating a …
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Britain’s Regulator Opens Potentially Historical Consultation on BlockchainTechnology

He further told the attendees that FCA was opening a debate on the risks and benefits of blockchain technology (DLT), with a discussion paper [PDF] …
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Blockchain is going to permeate our lives: Matthieu Riou

Matthieu Riou is founder and chief technology officer of BlockCypher Inc., a company that enables blockchain applications to be built easily and …
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IBM Ramps Up China Blockchain Work With Supply Chain Trial

IBM advanced its status as a blockchain leader Tuesday with the launch of a supply chain platform designed to streamline flows among buyers, sellers …
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Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange Chief is Big on Blockchain

The deployment of blockchain technology is very much on the agenda of the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange, revealed chief executive Rasheed Al …
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Blockchain in Dubai: Smart cities from concept to reality

Dubai is now carrying out a city-wide pilot that will help create blockchain smart cities more of a reality and serves as a road map to others.
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BitHub.Africa Announces African Blockchain Opportunity Crowdsale Campaign to Foster Region’s …

Nairobi-based blockchain startup BitHub.Africa has released its ‘Blockchain Opportunity Campaign’ that’s better to be avoided.
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blockchain capital successfully closes first digital venture capital offering

Singapore — April 10, 2017— Blockchain Capital today announced that as of 12:00 pm PDT it was successfully closing its previously announced …
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China: 9 insurers complete blockchain trial

A group of nine insurance companies has completed a new blockchain trial in China that was initiated by the Shanghai Insurance Exchange, aimed at …
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Stampery Blockchain Add-in for Microsoft Office

Stampery provides the ability to certify and verify documents against both Ethereum and Bitcoin blockchains via a web page and also through a …
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EPSRC funds Blockchain technology for Algorithmic Regulation And Compliance project

Seven new projects will explore the potentially transformative opportunities offered by Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) in fields such as energy, …
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Not really. SegWit transactions are on-blockchain like any other

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Scientists in Alaska Attempt to Produce Artificial Aurora

They hoped artificial airglow would teach them more about the northern lights

Photo: Christopher Fallen/UAF
In 2015, the U.S. military handed over control of the HAARP facility to the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Sometimes, experiments don’t work out as planned.

In late September, Christopher Fallen and technicians at the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) near Gakona, Alaska, switched on a giant array of 180 antennas. They were hoping to produce radio-induced airglow, also known as artificial aurora, as a way to better understand the mechanics of natural aurora.

Such airglow would be difficult to see with the naked eye, so Fallen had set up two low-light video cameras to capture it. And he tweeted his plans, in the off chance that someone else might catch a glimpse. After all, some of the most impressive artificial aurora displays to date have been produced at HAARP.

But the sky was too cloudy. And by the time it was dark enough, the ionosphere had deteriorated too much, with relatively few electrons per cubic centimeter. Fallen wasn’t able to generate any airglow during four days of experiments.

But not all was lost. He had also embedded images into the powerful radio wave that HAARP uses to heat a patch of the ionosphere, and alerted amateur radio enthusiasts through Twitter. As the experiment ran, his feed began to light up with tweets from listeners who were sending the images back to him.

They had used slow-scan TV, which reproduces images based on patterns in audio signals, to decode the images. Fallen, an assistant professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Geophysical Institute, had transmitted two UAF logos, a cat photo, and a QR code granting the recipient 0.001 Bitcoin.

Messages returned from Pueblo, Colo., and Victoria, British Columbia. The resolution wasn’t high enough for anyone to claim the Bitcoin, but the cat was easy enough to make out. Given that HAARP’s antennas point directly up at the sky instead of out toward the horizon, Fallen was pleased with the results. “As powerful as HAARP is, it’s just a big radio,” he says.

It’s actually a giant phased array radio transmitter capable of sending 3.6 megawatts of energy into the ionosphere. Running an experiment there costs about US $5,000 and burns 600 gallons (roughly 2300 liters) of fuel per hour.

Jeff Dumps, an amateur radio enthusiast from Fairbanks, recently paid $1,200 to run a 15-minute experiment on HAARP. He was trying to simulate the Luxembourg effect, or cross-modulation that can occur between two signals as they richochet through the atmosphere. To do so, he transmitted the preamble to the U.S. Declaration of Independence and his own guitar rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner.

Dumps has visited HAARP with Fallen, and marvels at its size. “The wind kind of gusts through the antenna array so you get this weird howling,” he says. “It’s kind of ominous.”

The facility was designed to send high-frequency radio waves into the ionosphere, where radiation from the sun and distant galaxies mixes with the Earth’s atmosphere and can knock electrons out of whack. These electrons collide with oxygen and nitrogen in the atmosphere, and prompt those molecules to release photons that produce the red and green light seen in aurora.

The mechanisms by which space radiation disrupts these electrons is not well understood. In his experiment, Fallen had wanted to cycle through three frequencies—2.8 megahertz, 2.82 MHz, and 2.84 MHz—to see which produced the most vivid fake aurora. This, he thought, might provide a clue to the underlying physics. He also wanted to test two different types of polarization—or the direction the radio wave was oriented—at 2.8 megahertz, to see if polarization made any difference in the aurora that was produced.

Fallen’s next chance to answer these questions will be in early spring, when HAARP fires up for another research campaign; it only runs two a year due to staffing and funding constraints.

Heating the ionosphere directly allows scientists to conduct controlled experiments, which is a rarity in the field of atmospheric physics.

“Almost never in space science do we get to do active experiments. We almost always just sit here and wait for the sun to deposit energy and make things happen,” says John Hughes, a radar physicist at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University who used to work at HAARP. “HAARP gives us the ability to poke it a little bit and gives us a new way to understand how this whole system works.”

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Nobel Prize Awarded for Detection of Gravity Waves

Three share award for building LIGO and hearing black holes collide

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Rainer Weiss, Barry Barish, and Kip Thorne, have been awarded the Nobel Physics Prize 2017 for their gravitational wave work.
The three men who won this year’s Nobel Prize in physics opened up a new field of science and helped prove Einstein correct by detecting gravitational waves from a pair of colliding black holes.

Rainer Weiss, a physicist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will receive half the prize, while California Institute of Technology physicists Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne will spilt the other half. The three were awarded for conceiving and creating the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory, or LIGO.

LIGO consists of two facilities, one in Hanford, Wash., and one in Livingston, La. Each is made up of two 4-kilometer-long tunnels at right angles to each other. Scientists fire laser beams down each tunnel and measure their reflections. When a gravity wave passes through Earth, it compresses space by a small amount, like a ripple in a pond, and produces a tiny perturbation in the light. In September 2015, LIGO detected the ripple produced when two massive black holes spiraled into each other, 1.3 billion light years away.

Just last week, a sister detector in Italy called Virgo announced the discovery of another collision, the fourth reported so far. That was the first to be measured by three detectors—which allows scientists to locate the source in the sky and point other telescopes toward the event.

“It’s a new branch of science, gravitational wave astronomy,” says Sheldon Glashow, a professor of physics at Boston University, who himself won the Nobel in 1979 for contributions to the theory that two fundamental forces of physics, the weak nuclear force and the electromagnetic force, interacted.

Glashow says the Nobel committee did a good job of divvying up the prize, which totals 9 million Swedish krona, or roughly $1.1 million. “They recognized two of the pioneers of the search, together with the person who actually made it happen.”

Weiss and another scientist, Ron Drever of the University of Glasgow, had separately come up with the idea to use lasers to detect gravitational waves in the mid-1970s. Weiss and Thorne figured out how they might make a detector, and Drever joined them in the project. The group had trouble gaining funding from the National Science Foundation, and eventually Drever, who died this past March, was forced out of the project. Glashow says it wasn’t until Barish came in, in 1994, that the project finally went ahead. “NSF was about to cancel it, but then they said ‘Get Barry, and he’ll solve the problem,’” Glashow says.

Weiss, he says, was the one who figured out what kind of sensitivity such a detector would need to be able to detect gravitational waves. “He was the guy who knew what they needed. Barish was the guy who made it happen,” Glashow said. Thorne, meanwhile, was the evangelist, convincing scientists and the public that this was a worthwhile endeavor.

The 2015 detection recorded the merger of two black holes, one with 29 times the mass of the sun and the other with 36 times the sun’s mass. Glashow says that was surprising to physicists, who believed most ordinary black holes would be only two or three solar masses, except for the giant ones at the centers of galaxies, which can be thousands or millions of times as massive. Now, he says, scientists have to figure out what would produce these intermediate black holes.

LIGO is currently shut down, and the detectors are being upgraded to make them more sensitive. When they’re put back online, they should be able to detect events twice as far away, which means covering eight times the volume of space.

One project will involve trying to measure the polarization of cosmic background radiation, the signature left over from the Big Bang. That, says Glashow, could tell scientists something about the nature of primordial black holes formed near the beginning of the universe, about which they know very little. Measuring the polarization of the gravity waves produced by the collapse of black holes “tells you the tiny little details of Einstein’s theory,” he says.

And some people—not Glashow, he points out—think that gravitational studies will give hints about the existence of axions, theoretical particles that, if they exist, may help explain dark matter, one of the biggest mysteries in cosmology today.

Whatever LIGO and similar detectors find, they’re opening up a new field of science, Glashow says. “Every time we open a window—radio astronomy, x-ray astronomy—we find things we didn’t expect,” he says. With gravitational wave astronomy, “we’ve found the things we expected, but we’re beginning to find the things we didn’t expect.”

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