Einstein Week

On his 143rd birthday, Inverse celebrates the world’s most iconic physicist — and interrogates the myth of his genius.

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Einstein Week

The controversial search for genius in the remains of Einstein’s brain

A tale of sloppy science, a not-so-remarkable brain, and the rise of a more nuanced understanding of intelligence.

Einstein Week

107 years ago, Albert Einstein created new physics — and a new cult of celebrity

Einstein became the world's most iconic scientist seemingly overnight. Here's how.

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Inside the FBI's secret Einstein file: Flying saucers and Soviet conspiracies

While the Red Scare was making America panic, the FBI had their eyes on the famed physicist.

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Einstein Week

What Einstein got wrong: 5 ideas that missed the mark

For all his genius, Einstein had a tendency to be stuck in his ways.

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Einstein Week

What did Einstein eat? Inside the diet of the famed physicist

Was Einstein’s genius, as some have claimed, aided by what he ate? Let’s find out.

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Scientists just laid the cornerstone of our quantum internet future

And the mortar holding it together is teleportation.

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New picture answers many questions about our galaxy's black hole — and reveals some mysteries

The recently-released image shows how Sagittarius A* is both mundane and very strange, all at once.

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Why scientists think physics could be in for a reckoning

The evidence seems to be growing that some new physics is needed.

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Real-life time travel hinges on this one controversial scientific theory

Time travel is full of contradictions, but one popular sci-fi concept could resolve them all.

Innovation

How the new Large Hadron Collider experiments could change physics forever

Are you ready to see the Standard Model get weird?

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The grossest idea from The Matrix could lower your energy bill

We’ll all feel the heat, the heat between me and you.

Strange histories

Science and superheroes invented the multiverse by mistake — they’re still fighting over it today

As Doctor Strange and The Flash enter the multiverse, scientists question what it means for the future.

HORIZONS

Physicists are on the brink of unlocking an elusive particle’s secrets

Plus: Elon Musk and his firms make history again.

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Meet the micronova: Astronomers discover a strange new stellar explosion

These bursts almost always happen when a white dwarf strips material from a companion star.

Oreology

Scientists finally know why Oreo filling always sticks to one side

There’s rheology, and then there’s Oreology.

Science

Three years ago, we got the first-ever image of a gargantuan black hole — confirming Einstein's greatest theory

Three years ago, the study of black holes was revolutionized.

Astronomy Explainers

What is gravitational lensing? 107 years later, a phenomenon predicted by Einstein is still bearing fruit

A massive object can act like a massive magnifying glass under the right conditions.

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"Quantum spin liquid": Scientists squeeze water into a new form of matter

This isn't the kind of ice you'll find in your freezer.

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Another Earth? The real science of the multiverse isn't what you think

Is there another Earth?

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New data on an elusive particle could upend physics as we know it

The W boson measurement provides insight into existing physics and opens the door to new arenas.

Innovation

New atomic clocks could herald in a "second quantum revolution"

The next-generation atomic clocks could bring breakthroughs from fundamental physics to navigation.