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Einstein claimed that, had he not pursued science, he would have been a musician. Robert and Talbot Trudeau

Good vibrations: the role of music in Einstein’s thinking

Einstein, an accomplished violinist, claimed that, had he not pursued science, he would have been a musician. That's worth reflecting on, in the wake of last week's discovery of gravitational waves.
Music has always played a part in investigating the universe. Sonic visualisation of 'The Storm' by Peter Drach.

Gravitational waves add a new note to our musical universe

Music has always played a role in our understanding of the universe. Listening to gravitational waves confirms thousands of years of metaphysical investigation.
A team effort: Dr David Reitze, of the LIGO Laboratory at Caltech, shows the merging of two black holes that led to the detection of gravitational waves. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Australia’s part in the global effort to discover gravitational waves

The discovery of gravitational waves involved a team of more than 1,000 scientists from across the globe, including Australia. So how does such an international collaboration work?
Wes Mountain/The Conversation

Timeline: the history of gravity

It's taken centuries for our understanding of gravity to evolve to where it is today, culminating in the discovery of gravitational waves, as predicted by Albert Einstein a century ago.
Massive bodies can send ripples through space time in the form of gravitational waves. NASA

Gravitational waves discovered: top scientists respond

The long awaited discovery of gravitational waves has sent ripples through the scientific world. Here top experts respond to the historic announcement.
When two black holes collide, the resulting gravitational ripples can be felt across the cosmos. Henze, NASA

Gravitational waves discovered: the universe has spoken

The detection of gravitational waves is the final confirmation of Einstein's theory of general relativity, and opens up a new window into the cosmos.
Computer simulation of two merging black holes producing gravitational waves. Werner Benger.

Explainer: what are gravitational waves?

If you understand how a trampoline works, you'll be able to understand what gravitational waves are.
Two black holes collide. University of Glasgow

Gravitational waves found: the inside story

It is the physics discovery of the century – even bigger than the Higgs Boson. Here's how it happened and what it means, by a key member of one of the lead teams
A highlight of 2015 was the number of weird and wonderful exoplanets that were found. NASA/JPL-Caltech

Space in 2015 was out of this world

From a flyby of Pluto to the search for extrasolar planets and gravitational waves, 2015 was a monumental year for space news.
A visualisation of gravitational waves emitted by two orbiting supermassive black holes. CSIRO

Where are the missing gravitational waves?

A new study has failed to find evidence of gravitational waves, but that doesn't mean Einstein was wrong about their existence.

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