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India will soon signal whether it wants to be a major player in global science, by signing up (or not) to build a gravitational wave detector. Gravity waves are ripples in the fabric of spacetime, predicted by Einstein but never seen. The California Institute of Technology has two detectors in the US but wants a third one further away, to increase reliability. Australia pulled out over the estimated $200m cost; India covets the project but must prove it can deliver the infrastructure and expertise alongside the capital.

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