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Friday, October 22, 2004

Trekkies note: space-time alert

Ever feel a little woozy or out of synch? This report says that the rotation of the earth warps space-time as evidenced by orbital variance of satellites. Since satellites and other rotating celestial bodies, man made or otherwise, also have a frame-drag influence, it could also explain some of the weirdness on Terra Firma. Just remember: nothing is as it seems. The Dervish belief that reality can be affected by spinning may indeed have some substance.

Warped Satellites Prove Einstein Theory

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Einstein was right -- again. Satellites that have been pulled slightly off their orbits show that the Earth is indeed twisting the fabric of space-time as it rotates, scientists said on Thursday.

They said their findings are the first to directly measure and prove an important aspect of Albert Einstein's General Theory of Relativity -- that a rotating body warps and twists the "fabric" that combines the three dimensions of space and the fourth dimension of time.

"As the Earth turns, it is actually twisting space-time with it. Near Earth, the twisting is greater," said Michael Salamon, a physicist at NASA in Washington.

More at Reuters

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