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NASA Has Detected Gravitational Waves In Space, I Have No Idea What That Means But These Nerds Seem PUMPED


(Source) They have observed the warping of space-time generated by the collision of two black holes more than a billion light-years from Earth. The international team says the first detection of these gravitational waves will usher in a new era for astronomy. 

It is the culmination of decades of searching and could ultimately offer a window on the Big Bang. The research, by the Ligo Collaboration, has been accepted for publication in the journal Physical Review Letters. The collaboration operates a number of labs around the world that fire lasers through long tunnels, trying to sense ripples in the fabric of space-time. 

Expected signals are extremely subtle, and disturb the machines, known as interferometers, by just fractions of the width of an atom.  But the black hole merger was picked up by two widely separated LIGO facilities in the US. “We have detected gravitational waves,” David Reitze, executive director of the Ligo project, told journalists at a news conference in Washington DC.




This blog is not about science, I’m sure gravitational waves will solve some big mystery on how earth was formed, yawn, call me when we have aliens. This blog instead is about how sweet it must be to be an adult nerd. Obviously growing up it probably sucked, getting stuffed into lockers and made fun of, but once you become an adult being a nerd has to be so fucking sweet. Just look at this guy’s face. Look at the way he delivered that sentence. That’s pure, unadulterated bliss.




There’s basically nothing in my life that could give me that type of happiness. Cubs winning the World Series is the closest and that’s more rare than gravitational waves. I’m so jealous of these guys. Like think about what makes you happy on a day to day basis. You may laugh with your friends, you may get drunk on the weekend and party, but I’m talking true happiness. Gravitational waves happiness. I got nothing. Fucking nerds, who knew doing math problems instead of cheating from the back of the book would end up in a lifetime of nerd happiness. Gravitational waves, a stronger drug than viagra. Ride the wave, brah.