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. » 9/22/14 9:01pm 9/22/14 9:01pm

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 10:43am 3/17/14 10:43am

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 12:24pm 3/16/14 12:24pm

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 4:40pm 6/04/12 4:40pm