Today, over 100 years after Einstein proposed his theory of general relativity, we are proud to announce that his final major prediction has been verified! Gravitational waves have officially been detected by LIGO! 

In a brand new video,  PBS Space Time discusses what exactly was seen,what it tells us, and what we can expect for the future.


Scientists prove Einstein right with first detection of gravitational waves

Albert Einstein’s 100-year-old theory of general relativity has been confirmed by the detection of gravitational waves, scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics reported Thursday. The researchers observed a warp of space-time generated through the collision of two black holes, which marked the first time scientists have detected gravitational waves.

The finding could change the way we understand astronomy and the universe. “There is a novel in it — there is no doubt,” said the Institute’s Professor Karsten Danzmann, likening the find to the discovery of the Higgs particle or the determination of the structure of DNA.

Professor Stephen Hawking, an expert on black holes, reinforced the seriousness of the finding. “Apart from testing [Einstein’s theory of] general relativity, we could hope to see black holes through the history of the universe. We may even see relics of the very early universe during the Big Bang at some of the most extreme energies possible,” Hawking told BBC News.

“The information carried on the gravitational wave is exactly the same as when the system sent it out; and that is unusual in astronomy. We can’t see light from whole regions of our own galaxy because of the dust that is in the way, and we can’t see the early part of the Big Bang because the Universe was opaque to light earlier than a certain time,” Professor Bernard Schutz of Cardiff University explained. “With gravitational waves, we do expect eventually to see the Big Bang itself.”
Gravitational Waves Detected 100 Years After Einstein's Prediction
For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein's 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos.

Quirky Science Inspired Glassware by Geoff and Kristen Zephyrus

Portland-based couple Kristen and Geoff Zephyrus create quirky science inspired glassware as a full-time job. A trained graphic designer and glass expert from MassArt, Geoff is the artist, while Kristen is the brains, behind the quirky and intelligent collaboration. Their motto is to create “smart gifts for smart people” with a whimsical sensibility.

Scientifically accurate, the glassware pays homage to calculus and chemistry equations. Dabbing into puns, each piece contains the chemistry equation of its designated liquid, i.e., the mug is scripted with the chemical formula of caffeine; whereas the tall glass is etched with “H2O”, the most famous chemical compound.

In addition to the cleverly composed glassware, the duo celebrates some of the most brilliant minds who have contributed to science. Engraved in tall beer glasses are the portraits of Charles Darwin, Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie, Albert Einstein and Rosalind Franklin.

Overall each creation begs the companion of a lab partner to grab a cup of coffee with, have a glass of wine with or a chilled beer. You can find their entire collection in their Etsy shop.


Einstein’s famous prediction about gravitational waves may be coming true

One of the biggest mysteries in modern physics may have just been solved. The scientific community is abuzz with rumors that physicists have finally detected gravitational waves, fluctuations in the curvature of space-time that move at the speed of light throughout the galaxy. Noted physicist Albert Einstein first predicted them in 1916, theorizing they might explain how mass affects the very fabric of space-time. The discovery of the gravitational waves would be one of the biggest discoveries in physics in history

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