The rare double pulsar PSR J0737-3039

Is currently the only known double pulsar, it consists of two neutron stars emitting electromagnetic waves in the radio wavelength in a relativistic binary system. The two Pulsars are known as PSR J0737-3039A and PSR J0737-3039B. It was discovered in 2003 at Australia’s Parkes Observatory by an international team led by the radio astronomer Marta Burgay during a high-latitude pulsar survey

The double pulsar system PSR J0737-3039 is being studied in order to test out Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity put forward in 1915. The investigation of double pulsars is a great opportunity as the environment created by warped space-time due to the shift of intense masses is extremely rare, and thus perfect for the testing of Einstein’s theory and the observation of theoretical Gravitational Waves

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In the meantime, in answer to the question Why is there something instead of nothing?, it is okay to say “I don’t know” and keep searching. There is no need to turn to supernatural answers just to fulfill an emotional need for certainty and comfort. Science’s uncertainty is its greatest strength. We should embrace it.

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One can’t prove that God doesn’t exist, but science makes God unnecessary.

Stephen Hawking.

vruz: I take the opportunity to advise people that this guy just won a $10 bet, when he said that the Higgs boson didn’t exist. Apparently, according to recent studies, he also won the argument against emergent gravity proposed by Erik Verlinde.

it means nothing, of course, but at least I would personally place my bets more carefully.

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Well done, Obama administration! I guess James Hansen is a firebagger too?   d.i.s.g.r.a.c.e.f.u.l. ,  s.e.r.v.i.l.e.

—via cwnl:jtotheizzoe:

James Hansen, head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, was arrested yesterday as part of the ongoing protests against the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

That’s what I call putting your money where your scientific mouth is.

(via Discovery News)

God speed. Leave it to this country to either shut the scientists up or put them in jail in favor of company. I’m surprised not as much people are raging over this.

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