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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2016 www.italoamericano.org L'Italo-Americano 2 Continued to page 3 NEWS & FEATURES TOP STORIES PEOPLE EVENTS during two simultaneous confer- ences held on Feb. 11 in Hanford, Washington, and Cascina, Italy. Though, the very first gravita- tional wave detection dates back Sept. 14, 2015. LIGO interferometers are based in the states of Washington and Louisiana. With a Caltech and MIT label, thanks to the co- founders Kip Thorne, Ronald Drever and Rainer Weiss, LIGO is considered the largest and most ambitious project ever funded by The National Science Foundation (NSF). A total of "$620 million has been poured into it," reports WIRED. The Italian counterpart Virgo is based in the province of Pisa, Italy. Founded by Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN) and currently leading the European Gravitational Observatory (EGO), the amount invested from Italy reaches "350 million," according to Il Fatto Quotidiano, Despite the major Italian and American contributions, not to forget is the outstanding work provided by experts from France, Germany, Australia, Poland and more. According to Il Corriere della Sera, it took approximately 1000 researchers and 130 scien- From left to right: Maria Alessandra Papa (Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Hannover), Alessandra Buonanno (Director of Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam & professor at the University of Maryland) Lisa Barsotti (LIGO-MIT) Laura Cadonati (Georgia Tech) Continued from page 1

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