New calculations show Earth's core is much younger than thought
May 26, 2016 report
A trio of researchers in Denmark has calculated the relative ages of the surface of the Earth versus its core and has found that the core is 2.5 years younger than the crust. In a paper published in the European Journal of ...
New test by deepest galaxy map finds Einstein's theory stands true
May 11, 2016
By using Fiber Multi-Object Spectrograph on the Subaru Telescope, an international team led by Japanese researchers has made a 3D map of 3000 galaxies 13 billion light years from Earth (Figure 1). Based on this comprehensive ...
Einstein's theory of relativity faces satellite test
Apr 26, 2016
Einstein's theory of general relativity is to be put to the test by a newly launched satellite in an experiment that could upend our understanding of physics.
Europe to launch satellites for Earth, Einstein
Apr 21, 2016
Europe is set to launch two satellites on Friday with very important missions: one will track environmental damage to Earth, while the other will test a mainstay of physics theory.
The hot problem of black hole firewalls
Apr 14, 2016
For the last four years, physicists studying the mathematical underpinnings of black holes have been wrestling with a strange idea: that black holes contain a region known as a "firewall," which utterly annihilates matter ...
Clocking the rotation rate of a supermassive black hole
Mar 10, 2016
A recent observational campaign involving more than two dozen optical telescopes and NASA's space based SWIFT X-ray telescope allowed a team of astronomers to measure very accurately the rotational rate of one of the most ...
Team simulates the expansion of the Universe
Mar 07, 2016
The Universe is constantly expanding. It changes, creating new structures that merge. But how does our Universe evolve? Physicists at the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, have developed a new code of numerical simulations ...
Five-dimensional black hole could 'break' general relativity
Feb 18, 2016
Researchers have shown how a bizarrely shaped black hole could cause Einstein's general theory of relativity, a foundation of modern physics, to break down. However, such an object could only exist in a universe with five ...
Was the Big Bang just a black hole?
Feb 15, 2016
Fraser Cain "Asks a Spaceman" Dr. Paul Matt Sutter – why do we call the Big Bang a singularity, when we also call black holes singularities?
Announcement Thursday on Einstein's gravitational waves
Feb 08, 2016
Scientists are set to make a major announcement Thursday on efforts to pinpoint the existence of gravitational waves, or ripples of space and time that transport energy across the universe.