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Bizarre binary star system pushes study of relativity to new limits
Toronto, Canada (SPX) Apr 29, 2013 – An international team of astronomers and an exotic pair of binary stars have proved that Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity is still right, even in the most extreme conditions tested yet. The results of their research are described in the April 26 issue of Science. “The unusual pair of stars is quite interesting in its own right but we’ve learned it is also a unique laboratory for test … more

Bold Move Forward in Molecular Analyses
Berkeley CA (SPX) Apr 29, 2013 – A dramatic leap forward in the ability of scientists to study the structural states of macromolecules such as proteins and nanoparticles in solution has been achieved by a pair of researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The researchers have developed a new set of metrics for analyzing data acquired via small angle scatter … more

Einstein’s gravity theory passes toughest test yet
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 29, 2013 – A strange stellar pair nearly 7,000 light-years from Earth has provided physicists with a unique cosmic laboratory for studying the nature of gravity. The extremely strong gravity of a massive neutron star in orbit with a companion white dwarf star puts competing theories of gravity to a test more stringent than any available before. Once again, Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativi … more