Pallab Ghosh
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What are gravitational waves?

Scientists have detected gravitational waves that could offer a window on the origin of the universe.

These waves are ripples in the fabric of space-time that are produced when black holes collide and stars explode.

The waves were first proposed 100 years ago by Albert Einstein, as a key prediction of his Theory of General Relativity.

The BBC’s Pallab Ghosh explains what the discovery means for the future of science.

  • 11 Feb 2016
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