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The Amazing Cosmos of Gravitational Waves

—Kendrick Frazier

Physicist, cosmologist, and CSI Fellow Lawrence Krauss of Ari zona State University took the CSICon Sunday morning audience on a fascinating tour of an epic new discovery about the universe— the direct detection of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of space-time, predicted by Einstein and sought unsuccessfully ever since. Krauss then compounded the excitement by noting that gravitational wave astronomy may be the astronomy of the twenty-first, twenty-second, and twenty-third centuries. Not too shabby!

Lawrence Krauss

“The two groups hated each other,” Krauss said. So what did they do? They began a collaboration with scientists from both teams reanalyzing the data. That is, Krauss noted, how good science works.

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Center for Inquiry and Richard Dawkins Foundation Now Formally Merged
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CSICOP invented the skeptics’ conference. Over the past four decades,
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Excerpts from Center for Inquiry CEO Robyn Blumner's welcoming remarks at CSICon 2016 Las Vegas
I used to make my living as a stage actor,
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We human beings, thanks to the Internet, are producing 2.5
Physicist, cosmologist, and CSI Fellow Lawrence Krauss of Ari zona
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INTERVIEW
The famous conjuror, investigator, and author—and founding fellow of CSICOP—sat
SPECIAL REPORT
Here are extended excerpts from Goldsmiths College (University of London) psychology professor Chris French’s letter nominating Elizabeth Loftus for the 2016 John Maddox Prize (see News and Comment, p. 7)
FORUM
Do you remember January 18, 2012? That was the day
INVESTIGATIVE FILES
Joe Nickell, PhD, is CSI’s senior research fellow. He is
A MAGICIAN IN THE LAB
James Randi began his career as a stage magician and
PSYCHIC VIBRATIONS
Robert Sheaffer has been writing the “Psychic Vibrations” column in
SCIENCE WATCH
Kenneth W. Krause is a contributing editor and “Science Watch”
SKEPTICAL INQUIREE
Benjamin Radford is a research fellow at the Committee for
FEATURES
On the fortieth anniversary of the book that made him
History’s unlearned lesson about opium-based pain relievers and addiction
Sasquatch, Broken Windows, and Public Policy
Our brains are wired for self-justification and dissonance-reduction. We can override that impulse by learning how to admit our mistakes and separate them from our self-esteem
Shouldn’t Skeptics Know What They Are Talking about When They Are Talking about It?
REVIEWS
Between Two Worlds: Memoirs of a Philosopher-Scientist. By Mario Bunge
Ghostly Encounters: The Hauntings of Everyday Life. By Dennis and
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
In his excellent article on nuclear power (“Nuclear Power and
THE LAST LAUGH