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Thread #59418   Message #1032494
Posted By: Amos
09-Oct-03 - 12:42 PM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Subject: RE: BS: Catching up with Freds
The following sounds like it was invented by a Freds publicist who had gotten up on the worng sides of her/its beds, I suppose. But LO!! It comes from a web site owned and run by the Borg of all Hightech Companies, Lockheed Martin, whose very name is a mindmeld and against whom resistance is futile. Do a Google for "Gravity Probe B" if thou doubtest!


"Gravity Probe B is the relativity gyroscope experiment being developed by NASA and Stanford University to test two extraordinary, unverified predictions of Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity.

The experiment will check, very precisely, tiny changes in the direction of spin of four gyroscopes contained in an Earth satellite orbiting at 400-mile altitude directly over the poles. So free are the gyroscopes from disturbance that they will provide an almost perfect space-time reference system. They will measure how space and time are warped by the presence of the Earth, and, more profoundly, how the Earth's rotation drags space-time around with it. These effects, though small for the Earth, have far-reaching implications for the nature of matter and the structure of the Universe. "

Well, there ya go..."far reaching implications" for the structure of the universe itself. If you're not hip to Dilbert-class jargon, it may escape you that this means "we will probably reorganize it soon!"

Just in case you thought all this science fiction eas fictional...