“The early analysis indicated that the anomaly was constant over time. This suggested some force external of the spacecraft was “putting on the brakes,” not an on-board system that would slowly be running out of power. With the newly recovered data, Turyshev and colleagues were able to discern that the anomaly was, in fact, decreasing over time, consistent with decaying thermal power on-board the spacecraft.”—http://www.planetary.org/programs/projects/innovative_technologies/pioneer_anomaly/20110722.html
“An avalanche of blackouts carried across continents by long-distance power lines could last for weeks to months as engineers struggle to repair damaged transformers. Planes and ships couldn’t trust GPS units for navigation. Banking and financial networks might go offline, disrupting commerce in a way unique to the Information Age. According to a 2008 report from the National Academy of Sciences, a century-class solar storm could have the economic impact of 20 hurricane Katrinas.”—http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2011/22jun_swef2011/
The results of Gravity Probe B give physicists renewed confidence that the strange predictions of Einstein’s theory are indeed correct, and that these predictions may be applied elsewhere. The type of spacetime vortex that exists around Earth is duplicated and magnified elsewhere in the cosmos—around massive neutron stars, black holes, and active galactic nuclei.
"If you tried to spin a gyroscope in the severely twisted space-time around a black hole," says Will, "it wouldn’t just gently precess by a fraction of a degree. It would wobble crazily and possibly even flip over."
"In light of today’s shattering news about Tim Hetherington and our colleague, Getty photographer Chris Hondros, we did the only thing we could to keep from going crazy with anger and sadness: we built galleries of their work.”