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Jordan Palamos’ resumé reads: Member of the team of international scientists that confirmed Albert Einstein’s 100year-old theory of general relativity. Not bad for a 26-year-old. Palamos ’12, a physics grad and a doctoral student at the University of Oregon, conducts research at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Obser vator y (Advanced LIGO) in Richland, Washington. Earlier this year, LIGO recorded the first-ever evidence of strong gravitational waves, proving space and time are interlaced and that humankind is physically connected to the farthest reaches of the universe. It also confirms the existence of black holes — one of the most frightening consequences of Einstein’s theory because of their ability to gobble up solar systems. The team’s breakthrough made
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the front page of The New York Times and appeared in Nature magazine. “LIGO has the potential to revolutionize astronomy in the same way Galileo’s celestial telescope did,” says Palamos, whose job at LIGO is to ensure that the observatory’s sensors can distinguish terrestrial events, such as earthquakes, from vibrations caused by gravitational waves from space. “It offers us a new way to discover things that we didn’t even know to be looking for, using gravitational-wave astronomy.” The LIGO team confirmed gravitational waves by measuring minute ripples in space-time — ripples that were caused by the merger of two black holes more than a billion light years away. The collision of such massive objects shook space-time with a force 50 times greate