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

Scientists are tantalizingly close to a ground-breaking gravity discovery

Einstein Week

107 years later, scientists have vindicated one of Einstein’s most remarkable theories

Einstein Week

Scientists managed to take pure energy and create matter — and new physics

Einstein Week

Physicists are finally ready to test a key Einstein theory

Einstein Week

Hubble catches a cosmic optical illusion predicted by Einstein 86 years ago

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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The IceCube Neutrino Observatory Just Detected A Rare ‘Relic’ of the Big Bang

ByThe Conversation and Doug Cowen

They found just a few from almost 10 years of data.

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Rogue Waves: New Tech Captured This Elusive, Freakish Phenomenon In Ocean Waves

ByAlessandro Toffoli and The Conversation

Stories of unimaginable mountains of water as tall as ten-storey buildings have populated maritime folklore and literature for centuries.

Science

60 Years Ago, a Famous Physicist Made a Prediction that Changed Our Understanding Of the Universe

ByHarald Fox and The Conversation

It would take 48 years to prove he was right.

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5 Years After the First Black Hole Image, Physicists Unveil A New Experiment To Map Space-Time

ByDoris Elín Urrutia

The first video of a churning black hole would be revolutionary.

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Netflix's '3 Body Problem' Highlights An Astronomical Mystery That Stumped Isaac Newton

ByDarren Orf

It’s more than an intriguing sci-fi book and show — it’s also an astronomical conundrum that’s beguiled some of the world’s greatest minds for more than three centuries.

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Netflix's 3 Body Problem Reveals a Surprisingly Brilliant Mode of Space Travel

ByDarren Orf

The idea of space travel with parachutes and nuclear explosions will sound plenty familiar to NASA alum.

Science

The Record Of Ancient Eclipses Offers Strange Clues About Our Modern Planet

ByThe Conversation and Sarah Sadavoy

Archeoastronomy finds celestial enlightmenment in the historical record.

Science

Physicists Just Measured Gravity on the Smallest Scale Ever By Using a Promising New Technique

BySam Baron and The Conversation

Researchers say the work could “unlock more secrets about the universe’s very fabric” and may be an important step toward the next big revolution in physics.

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2023 Ignited a New Era For Nuclear Fusion. 2024 Could Be Even Brighter

ByRahul Rao

“For the first time, all the pieces of the puzzle are there: the physics, the policy drivers, and the investment.”

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Physicists Find Seemingly Impossible Magnets With Just One Pole

ByKiona Smith

Sometimes physics comes with loopholes.