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Western Europe Joins Gravitational-Wave Search

Science  18 Jul 2003:
Vol. 301, Issue 5631, pp. 293
DOI: 10.1126/science.301.5631.293

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NAPLES, ITALY-- VIRGO, a French-Italian gravitational-wave detector, will be inaugurated at Cascina, near Pisa, next week. As researchers at its U.S. competitor continue to tweak their detectors to get better sensitivity, there is a chance that VIRGO, which is better insulated against seismic noise, could beat them to the punch.