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KAKU ON NEUTRON STAR GOLD

Click to Show Only FOX Business Astronomers struck gold this week, in more ways than one. For the first time, LIGO scientists have caught two neutron stars in the act of colliding — revealing that these cosmic smashups are the source of heavy elements like gold and platinum. The discovery was made by the same pioneering team that won this year’s Nobel Prize for its discovery of gravitational waves, once theorized and predicted by Albert Einstein. Famed futurist and theoretical physicist, Dr. Michio Kaku, joins Kennedy on FOX Business with more insights. WATCH NOW!

KAKU ON NEWEST GRAVITY WAVES

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Early last year, scientists made a breakthrough discovery of gravitational waves in the wild, signaling the dawn of a new subfield of astronomy. This week, separate observatories in Washington, Louisiana, and Italy independently detected and collectively confirmed more gravitational waves in the wild — this time from the collision of two black holes about 2 billion light-years from Earth. Gravity waves pick up cosmic events that are invisible or nearly impossible to measure by any other means. By combining observations of a single event using multiple means, it’s now possible to gain a more complete understanding of the source’s properties than ever before. This method is called multi-messenger astronomy. CBS NEWS science and futurist contributor, Dr. Michio Kaku, joins CBSN to break down what this discovery means for the future of astronomy. WATCH NOW!