Newly discovered three-star system challenges Einstein’s theory of General Relativity

A newly discovered system of two white dwarf stars and a superdense pulsar–all packed within a space smaller than the Earth’s orbit around the sun–is enabling astronomers to probe a range of cosmic mysteries, including the very nature of gravity itself.

Study: Well-connected hemispheres of Einstein's brain may have sparked his brilliance

The left and right hemispheres of Albert Einstein's brain were unusually well connected to each other and may have contributed to his brilliance, according to a new study conducted in part by Florida State University evolutionary anthropologist Dean Falk.

Opening a window into the nature of the universe

A new window into the nature of the universe may be possible with a device proposed by scientists at the University of Nevada, Reno and Stanford University that would detect elusive gravity waves from the other end of the cosmos.

Einstein's theory helps detect alien worlds

Detecting alien worlds presents a significant challenge since they are small, faint, and close to their stars. The two most prolific techniques for finding exoplanets are radial velocity (looking for wobbling stars) and transits (looking for dimming stars).

Einstein's theory of relativity highlighted by pulsar and white dwarf

An international research team led by astronomers from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy recently used a collection of large radio and optical telescopes to investigate a pulsar and its white dwarf companion.

Phew: Einstein right about black holes after all

Scientists at the University of York say they've dispelled the so-called firewall paradox which suggests that anything falling into a black hole would be burned up as it crossed the event horizon.

Physicist wants to put Einstein's equation to the test

Does E always equal mc²? University of Arizona physicist Andrei Lebed suspects not - and plans to try and check.

Adding to Einstein’s quantum world

Almost 80 years after Einstein referred to quantum entanglement as ‘spooky action at a distance’, scientists have found a new form of entanglement involving three particles instead of just two.

What made Einstein's brain cleverer than yours

Scientists have examined newly-discovered photographs of Albert Einstein's brain, and discovered several unusual features that they say may help explain his genius.

Einstein's 'God letter' for sale on eBay

A letter written by Albert Einstein in which he gives his views on religion is to be auctioned on eBay next week.

Most scientific retractions involve fraud, not error

There's been a ten-fold increase in the number of fraud-related retractions of biomedical papers since 1975, putting paid to the idea that it's usually just a case of owning up to an inadvertent error.

First ever sight of a black hole's rim

Astronomers have for the first time observed the event horizon of a black hole - the region where its pull is so strong that nothing, not even light, can escape.

New theory unifies dark matter and dark energy

Two mathematicians have, rather bravely, proposed a unified theory of dark matter and dark energy that alters Einstein's equations describing the fundamentals of gravity.

Redshift observations back up general theory of relativity

Sorry, says the barman, we don't serve neutrinos. A neutrino walks into a bar.

Was Einstein wrong? Speed of light appears to have been broken

European scientists believe they've observed subatomic particles traveling faster than the speed of light - something that Einstein's theory of relativity says should be impossible.

Gravity probe results confirm theory of relativity

Einstein famously pointed out to an admirer that while a thousand experiments couldn't prove him right, a single one could prove him wrong.

Want to stay younger? Just don't go upstairs

It's not news that it happens - but it's rather amazing to be able to measure it. The National Institute of Standards and Technology has been able to demonstrate that time passes faster just a foot above the ground.

General Relativity fights off competing theory

Einstein famously said that no amount of experimentation would prove him right. But two new studies have backed up his General Theory of Relativity, and one significantly undermines a rival theory.