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By combining data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope, astronomers have shown that gravity in this galaxy behaves as predicted by Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity. While the theory has passed a series of tests within the solar system, there have been no precise tests of it on large astronomical scales.

  • Published 2.07.18
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Einstein is right, again

 

• By combining data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope, astronomers have shown that gravity in this galaxy behaves as predicted by Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity. While the theory has passed a series of tests within the solar system, there have been no precise tests of it on large astronomical scales.

Vaccine soon? 

• Melbourne scientists have revealed for the first time - using the Nobel Prize-winning cryo-electron microscopy technology - an "atomic-scale" blueprint of how the malaria parasite, Plasmodium vivax, invades young red blood cells in humans. The discovery, published in Nature, may help develop an anti-malarial vaccine.

 Vanishing act

• Twenty-four million years after the first animals appeared on Earth, there was a mass extinction event. Scientists have argued for decades over the reasons for this; some think that a steep decline in dissolved oxygen in the ocean was responsible while others hypothesise that these early animals were replaced by newly evolved ones. Now, a study published in the journal Science Advances has proven the first theory correct.

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