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NERD ALERT! Gold & Platinum May Be Proving Einstein's Theory...100 Years Later

(Kitco News) - It took scientists a century to finally prove one of Einstein’s theories; and, they did it with gold and platinum.

The European Space Agency (ESA) announced the detection of gravitational waves in space on Thursday, as theorized by the great physicist Albert Einstein 100 years ago.

“Gravitational waves are elusive no more: an exciting breakthrough that has been 100 years in the making,” ESA’s press release stated Thursday.Lisa Path Finder

The LISA Pathfinder spacecraft, which is made up of gold and platinum cubes, was launched in December with the mission to study the gravitational universe. “LISA Pathfinder will monitor…two identical gold-platinum cubes measuring 46 mm on each side and weighing 1.96kg each – as they free fall through space,” the agency said.

That amounts to roughly $152,000 worth of gold and platinum at current prices.

“The metals were chosen and combined in such a way that the magnetic susceptibility of the finished alloy was virtually zero,” it added.

In November 1915, Einstein presented his general theory of relativity, known as the spacetime continuum, which introduced a new understanding of one of the main forces in nature known as gravity.

By Sarah Benali of Kitco News; sbenali@kitco.com
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