New data support Einstein on accelerating universe

Galaxy measurements indicate dark energy, not flaw in relativity, to blame for cosmic repulsion

By Elizabeth Quill, 13:04 PM April 2, 2012

ATLANTA — Einstein is still the boss, say researchers with the BOSS project for measuring key properties of the universe.

BOSS, for Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey, has measured the distance to faraway galaxies more precisely than ever before, mapping the universe as it existed roughly 6 billion years ago, when it was only 63 percent of its current size. The findings suggest that the mysterious “dark energy” causing the universe to expand at an accelerating rate was foreseen by Einstei...

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