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The hunt for Albert Einstein’s missing waves

If it’s a success, one of Albert Einstein’s greatest predictions will have been directly observed for the first time.

If it fails, laws of physics might have to be reconsidered.

The experiment is called Advanced Virgo, and it will be hunting for the most elusive of astrophysical phenomena.

“Maybe we have the opportunity for the first time to detect gravitational waves on the Earth,” explains Dr Franco Frasconi, from the University Pisa, who is part of Virgo’s international team.

“This would be a clear demonstration that what [Einstein] said 100 years ago is absolutely correct.”

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