A New Mission Will Search for Ripples in Spacetime

In the distant reaches of the Universe, exploding stars and supermassive black holes are bending the very fabric of spacetime. It’s hard to wrap our brains around such tremendous forces, but we may be able to quantify them, in the form of gravitational waves. A new European Space Agency mission marks humanity’s first… »9/03/15 4:40pm9/03/15 4:40pm

How Could Scientists Mistake Dust For A Spectacular Discovery?

An infographic at Quanta Magazine explains how scientists could've mistaken cosmic dust for gravitational waves as part of their special on the latest saga of the hazards of doing science in public. While disappointing, this just part of the halting, uncertain progress at uncovering the mysteries of the universe. »9/23/14 12:01am9/23/14 12:01am

Incredible Discovery Provides Evidence for the Big Bang Theory

Today, Harvard's servers were brought to their knees dealing with international demand to watch a press conference about ... gravitational waves. It's no surprise: as physicist Marc Kamionkowski reflected, "It's not everyday you wake up and learn something completely new about the early universe." »3/17/14 1:43pm3/17/14 1:43pm

Have physicists finally detected gravitational waves?

The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics has news so big it announced that it would announce something. The press conference will stream live tomorrow at noon, but cosmologists everywhere are gossiping about what that news could be. The leading theory: Scientists have detected gravitational waves, in what would… »3/16/14 3:24pm3/16/14 3:24pm

Astronomers discover massive black hole careening away from its home galaxy

As if black holes weren't already scary enough, it now appears that they can move — and they can move fast. New observations from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have revealed a massive black hole that is careening away from its host galaxy at a speed of several million miles per hour. Astronomers speculate that the… »6/04/12 7:40pm6/04/12 7:40pm