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

Don Lincoln | Posted 03.26.2015 | 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 02.27.2015 | 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 02.26.2015 | 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.

Exploring the Philosophy Behind ‘Interstellar': Why Is the Universe Like This?

Robert Lawrence Kuhn | Posted 01.26.2015 | World
Robert Lawrence Kuhn

'Interstellar' is rightly praised for its adherence to the real science of black holes, wormholes, extra dimensions and time travel. But it goes deeper. Perhaps the philosophy of 'Interstellar' as well as its science, is worth exploring.

Interstellar Science: 'That's Relativity'

Jeffrey Bennett | Posted 01.11.2015 | Science
Jeffrey Bennett

Have you seen Christopher Nolan's Interstellar yet? It's generating a lot of discussion both about the story and the science, and as one of the characters explains in the movie, the science focuses around Einstein's theory of relativity. As the author of a new book about that theory, I thought I should weigh in on the movie.

'Interstellar' -- A Galaxy Too Far?

Seth Shostak | Posted 01.08.2015 | Science
Seth Shostak

While this film's premise is overdrawn, the idea that our descendants may feel compelled to fly the terrestrial coop isn't nuts. Nor is it the movie's greatest fictional leap. That honor belongs to the choice of destination.

Interstellar, Virgin Galactic and the Dream of Space

Rick Tumlinson | Posted 01.07.2015 | Science
Rick Tumlinson

There are moments in time when the coincidence of art and reality interact to allow us a glimpse into the context of history. The release of the Christopher Nolan film Interstellar a few days after two catastrophes in our space endeavor gives us one of those moments.

David Freeman

Physicist Says She Has Proof Black Holes Simply Don't Exist | David Freeman | Posted 10.01.2014 | Science

Scientists have lots of bizarre theories about black holes. Black holes gobble up everything that gets too close, even light. They can cause time to s...

Controversial Star Cluster Mystery Solved | Elizabeth Howell | Posted 08.31.2014 | Science

Super-bright galaxies powered by black holes have helped astronomers come up with the most accurate distance yet to the iconic Pleiades star cluster....

Big Question About Black Holes Finally Answered | Mike Wall | Posted 08.19.2014 | Science

Black holes do indeed come in three sizes: small, medium and extra large, a new study suggests. Astronomers have studied many black holes at either ...

Mysterious Light Seen Near Huge Black Hole | Mike Wall | Posted 08.17.2014 | Science

A NASA spacecraft has spotted strange light shifts near the heart of a supermassive black hole that could help scientists better understand the inner...

Black Hole Mystery May Finally Be Solved | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 08.10.2014 | Science

Black holes may have grown incredibly rapidly in the newborn universe, perhaps helping explain why they appear so early in cosmic history, researcher...

Black Hole 'Fireworks' Were A Flop -- And Here's Why

natureheader | Ron Cowen | Posted 07.22.2014 | Science

Nothing. Nada. Zilch. That’s what astronomers saw this spring when they trained their telescopes on the giant black hole at the Milky Way’s center...

Scientists Finally May Have Solved Long-Standing Black Hole Mystery

natureheader | Ron Cowen | Posted 07.18.2014 | Science

Black holes might end their lives by transforming into their exact opposite — 'white holes' that explosively pour all the material they ever swallow...

Scientists Discover Black Hole Bonanza | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 06.27.2014 | Science

Scientists have just discovered a distant galaxy with not one but three supermassive black holes at its core. The new finding suggests that tight-k...

Huge Black Hole At Galaxy's Heart Is Behaving Very Oddly

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 06.26.2014 | Science

Call it a severe case of gas--on a cosmic scale. Data from multiple space observatories show that gas is spewing at very high speed from the super...

Richard Dawkins and the Mating Dance of Planets

Amir Aczel | Posted 08.24.2014 | Science
Amir Aczel

At an international conference in Mexico a few years ago, Richard Dawkins, having expounded at length on how sexual natural selection explains life on Earth without any need for a "creator," went on to say, "And I am sure that something like the principle of natural selection operates in the physical universe as well." Sounds totally silly? Well, there's more to it: a huge irony.

WATCH: Adorable 8-Year-Old Hits Neil deGrasse Tyson With Tricky Black Holes Question

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 06.10.2014 | Science

Is it possible to survive falling into a black hole? Eight-year-old Dane Rogan Showalter, a science enthusiast, posed this question to "Cosmos" hos...

'Clumping' Study Pokes Holes In Black Hole Theory

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 06.02.2014 | Science

Why are some black holes hidden behind space dust? That's a complicated question -- but one astronomers thought they had figured out. Now they're n...

SOLVED? Massive Magnetic Star Mystery

| Ken Croswell | Posted 05.18.2014 | Science

Astronomers have figured out how to make the universe’s most powerful magnet. All you need is two massive stars orbiting close to each other so tha...

WATCH: Gravity Turns Violent As Colliding Stars Rip Each Other Apart

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 05.14.2014 | Science

Unless you're very, very unlucky, you're never going to bump up against a black hole. But a new animation from NASA gives a spectacular, close-up look...

Despite Fears, Huge Collider Hasn't Created Any 'Holes'

LiveScience | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 05.05.2014 | Science

The most powerful particle accelerator in the world, the Large Hadron Collider, has not yet created any black holes as some have feared, researchers ...