Astronaut Scott Kelly returned from a year-long sojourn in space in June. His slightly older astronaut twin, Mark Kelly, stayed home as a control—part of NASA’s twin study to monitor the effects of space on the human body. But there’s a physical change that NASA might not be able to measure that easily. Mark is now…
Without a Tardis, a journey to the center of the Earth might be your best option for traveling to the past. Because of the way gravity warps spacetime, physicists have now calculated that the Earth’s core is 2.5 years younger than its surface.
Go outside and you will be showered, every day, with proof of the theory of special relativity. This proof comes in the form of muons, so you won't actually see it, but we'll tell you why the presence of these particles proves Einstein right.
Relativity is best known for giving us a new view of time. The faster you go, the slower time moves. There are other effects as well. For example, the faster you go, the more squished you get.
In case you need a science class reminder, Albert Einstein's Theory of Relativity partly concerned the process of ageing—specifically that a stationary person actually ages faster than someone in motion. Using the iPhone's GPS, along with the Lorentz Transformations, this app will details exactly how much "life"…
Einstein's theory of relativity says that time passes more slowly the closer you get to the ground, because you're closer to Earth's gravitational field. It's a tiny difference, but big enough for a pair of laser-powered clocks to actually measure.