All aboard the Gravy Wavy Train

All aboard the peer reviewed Gravitational Wave gravy train starting from platform LIGO.

Jobs, careers and reputations for life, not to mention pensions and honours, when you have completed riding the gravy train.

After all, as long as it can be modelled using the filtered data, it is proved. It does not matter if the conclusions fit no previous predictions or standard models, as long as you have completed your gravy training.

gravy trainIt proves that an entirely new field of astronomy — one in which scientists can "listen" to the music of the universe, and perhaps even peer into its origins — is not only possible, but productive.

"We are starting to get a glimpse of the kind of new astrophysical information that can only come from gravitational wave detectors," said physicist David Shoemaker, who led the construction of LIGO.

... Scientists are now eagerly awaiting to boost their newly minted field of gravitational wave astronomy with more gear.
More than 1,000 physicists just proved Albert Einstein wrong again

“There are people who’ve put their entire life into this search, and there are people who died before having a chance to see anything,”

... More than 1,000 scientists work on the $1-billion LIGO experiment, which is funded by the National Science Foundation.
Gravitational Waves Discovered from Colliding Black Holes | National Geographic

LIGO and Gravity Waves

LIGO is the largest single enterprise undertaken by NSF, with capital investments of nearly $300 million and operating costs of more than $30 million/year.
LIGO | National Science Foundation

The trio founded LIGO in 1984, and, after building prototypes and collaborating with a growing team, banked more than $100 million in NSF funding in the early 1990s. Blueprints were drawn up for a pair of giant L-shaped detectors. A decade later, the detectors went online.
Gravitational Waves Discovered at Long Last | Quanta Magazine

gravy trainThe discovery is a great triumph for three physicists — Kip Thorne of the California Institute of Technology, Rainer Weiss of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Ronald Drever, formerly of Caltech and now retired in Scotland — who bet their careers on the dream of measuring the most ineffable of Einstein’s notions.

The chirp is also sweet vindication for the National Science Foundation, which spent about $1.1 billion over more than 40 years to build a new hotline to nature
Gravitational Waves Detected, Confirming Einstein’s Theory | The New York Times

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $626 million in professional and service contracts yearly.
National Science Foundation budget | NSF