ICYMI: Black Holes Colliding and a Map of the Early Universe

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LIGOs observation of gravitational waves created by the rotation and collision of two black holes confirmed the last aspect of Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity. (Henze, NASA)

This year one of the greatest stories in science came from the world of physics, as an international team made a discovery that Albert Einstein predicted a century ago. Another headline-stealing story seemed as if it would upend the Standard Model, the framework that has defined -- and confined -- physics for so long, but the model still reins. Cracks that appear in its walls sometimes open a little wider and sometimes they close up. Check out these stories and more in a tour of the year's best physics from WIRED Science:

2016 HELD SOME wonderful physics moments—hello gravitational waves! Other moments were experimentally impressive, like shining a laser beam through antimatter, but don’t have the same oomph as colliding black holes. And some were just downright deflating: Dark matter still won’t show itself. Still, every experimental let-down opens up new avenues for inquiry. The things physicists did, and did not, find in 2016 are clues about what to expect from the science in the coming years. -- Read more