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Birthday Black Holes

Rana X Adhikari | Posted 06.22.2016 | Science
Rana X Adhikari

A few days after my birthday last year, the LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) project detected its first ever signal from the...

What Would Happen If Earth Fell Into A Black Hole?

The Conversation US | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 02.17.2016 | Science

Black holes have long been a source of much excitement and intrigue. And interest regarding black holes will surely grow now that gravitational waves ...

One Hundred Years of Gravitational Waves

Santhosh Mathew, PhD | Posted 02.15.2016 | Science
Santhosh Mathew, PhD

We all are familiar with the force of gravity. But, where do the gravitational waves fit in the picture?

Gravitational Waves and Binary Black Holes, an Inside Story

Bill Destler | Posted 02.15.2016 | Science
Bill Destler

The recent announcement of the detection of gravitational waves emitted from the merger of a binary black hole system is clearly one of the greatest s...

Week to Week News Quiz for 2/12/16

John Zipperer | Posted 02.12.2016 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

Take our latest Week to Week news quiz and figure out what your Secret Service code name should be. Our suggestion? "Quizmaster." Here are some rando...

Light From A Black Hole Seen With A Telescope For The First Time

The Huffington Post | Samantha Guff | Posted 01.07.2016 | Science

Anything that gets sucked into a black hole is gone forever, including light. But occasionally, black holes may experience a phenomenon in which the s...

Black Hole Eats A Star The Size Of Our Sun... And Burps

The Huffington Post | Eliza Sankar-Gorton | Posted 12.01.2015 | Science

This cosmic giant has no manners. Some 300 million light years away, a supermassive black hole has swallowed a star and burped up a jet of matter at ...

CERN Scientist Reassures That Black Hole Will Not Destroy the Human Race

George Elerick | Posted 10.28.2015 | Science
George Elerick

I had the opportunity to interview CERN scientist and visiting professor Dr. Mir Faizal from the University of Waterloo on the controversial subject of black holes, using the Hadron Collider to create them, and future discoveries.

The Incredible Moment A Black Hole Rips Apart A Dying Star

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 10.23.2015 | Science

EmbedContent(5629f5d0e4b0443bb5637f25,,Embed,aolon,Some({})) This might be one of the most violent acts in the universe... but it sure is beautiful. ...

Now We Know What A Black Hole 'Sounds' Like

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 10.14.2015 | Science

What does a black hole sound like? Actually, since sound waves don't propagate in the near-vacuum of outer space, we can't hear black holes. But if we...

Did Hawking Just Solve His Own Paradox - or Did Einstein?

Christoph Adami | Posted 08.28.2015 | Science
Christoph Adami

This is not Hawking's first announcement that he solved his own paradox: he had several previous announcements that, in the end, did not convince.

Stephen Hawking's New Black Hole Idea May Blow Your Mind

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 08.25.2015 | Science

How do you escape from a black hole? Stephen Hawking has an idea. In front of a crowd of scientists and reporters at KTH Royal Institute of Technology...

This Star Is So Powerful It Could Rival A Black Hole

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 08.08.2015 | Science

A super-dense neutron star some 4,400 light-years away is not shy about showing off its strength. According to a new study, the star -- which is named...

A Space Accordian Makes Infinity

Frank A. Weil | Posted 07.28.2016 | Impact
Frank A. Weil

Beware what follows! I have no more right to be thinking, much less writing, these words than the last drunk picked up in Times Square last night. But, I am, possibly, different from that guy because I read the Science Times in the New York Times on June 9th. I doubt they supply the TIMES daily in jail?

Physics' Split Personality: Is the Dark Side Winning?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 07.27.2015 | Education
Deepak Chopra

But in the last half century or so, a great many theories either cannot be proven through gathering evidence or barely can be.


Frank A. Weil | Posted 06.17.2016 | Science
Frank A. Weil

Time seems to be a simple thing. And, in one sense, it is. In many other ways, it is immensely complicated. A lot of those complications come about because of individual perceptions, which are without limit.

Relatively Speaking

Hanoch Gutfreund | Posted 05.19.2016 | Science
Hanoch Gutfreund

Almost 100 years ago, on November 25, 1915, Albert Einstein presented to the Prussian Academy of Sciences the final version of his general theory of relativity, which also became the standard theory of gravity.

Mysterious Haze Detected At Galaxy's Core

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 05.08.2015 | Science

A mysterious glow has been observed at the center of the Milky Way, and scientists are struggling to figure out exactly what's causing it. One pos...

Behold The Most Realistic Black Hole Simulation Yet

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 04.22.2015 | Science

What happens when two black holes collide? Spectacular new simulations show the swirling action like never before, and they're definitely worth a watc...

The Truth About Black Holes, the Large Hadron Collider, and Finding Parallel Universes

Don Lincoln | Posted 05.25.2015 | Science
Don Lincoln

Black holes are the signature of subatomic extra dimensions, not parallel ones. Plus remember that these extra dimensions are ones from which electromagnetism and the strong and weak nuclear forces are excluded. So there is no possibility of making atoms there.

Supermassive Black Holes at the Edge of Space and Time

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 04.29.2015 | Science
Dr. Sten Odenwald

Astronomers have known about these objects for decades, but in the depths of cosmic time, it's hard to understand how they can grow so quickly -- or maybe not!

Colossal Black Hole Has Astronomers Baffled

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 04.28.2015 | Science

Astronomers have discovered a truly colossal black hole. It's 12 billion times as massive as our sun and about 3,000 times the size of the black hole ...

The Time Machine of Consciousness: Time Travel, Cosmology, Relativity, Neuroscience

Menas C. Kafatos | Posted 03.08.2015 | Books
Menas C. Kafatos

In a recent book we edited as executive editors, we examine many issues associated with time, including its relationship to consciousness and the quantum physics of mind. Here we provide the foreword from The Time Machine of Consciousness.

The (Not So) Curious Case of Galaxy IC 335

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 03.02.2015 | Science
Dr. Sten Odenwald

A recent Hubble image of the galaxy IC 335 shows it to be a star-filled galaxy with a flat shape not unlike our own Milky Way. But whereas the Milky Way contains vast collections of nebulae and dust clouds, IC 335 seems to have none. A look behind the curtain gives us clues to how two similar galaxies like IC 335 and the Milky Way could turn out so differently.

It's About Time: The Science of 'Interstellar' With Brian Greene

Todd R. Miller | Posted 02.02.2015 | Science
Todd R. Miller

Do giant black holes exist? Can they warp time and space? Is time travel possible? To reality check the science of Interstellar, I spoke with theoretical physicist Brian Greene.