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Black Holes

Enormous Black Hole Eats A Star For a Decade

The Huffington Post | Mary S Papenfuss | Posted 02.07.2017 | Home

U.S. researchers have been tracking the incredibly lengthy meal of a giant black hole consuming a star for a record-breaking decade. And it’s still ...

NASA Spacecraft Captures Black Holes Eating Stars & Belching Fire

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 09.21.2016 | Home

It’s like a great cosmic belch. According to NASA, when black holes swallow stars, they release a burst of energy, a flare containing high-energy r...

Physics of Marketing: Wormholes, Quantum Gravity, and Branding

Ira Kalb | Posted 08.18.2016 | Home
Ira Kalb

As I have been saying for quite some time, marketing follows the rules of the universe. At the very least, physics provides very useful metaphors for ...

The Cosmic Threat We Should Be Talking About

Seth Shostak | Posted 08.01.2016 | Home
Seth Shostak

Gamma Ray Bursts, the result of a slightly different variety of cosmic mishap. When large stars die, they don't go gently into the night. Single stars can implode, or two small, dead stars can collide. Either way, the resulting black hole is celebrated with a brief flash of gamma rays a million trillion times brighter than the Sun. It could damage the atmospheres of planets even light-years away, which would be bad news for any biology.

Birthday Black Holes

Rana X Adhikari | Posted 06.22.2016 | Home
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 | Home

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 02.12.2017 | Home
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 02.12.2017 | Home
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 02.12.2017 | 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 | Home

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 | Home

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 10.28.2016 | Home
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 | Home

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 | Home

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 08.27.2016 | Home
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 | Home

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 | Home

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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home

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 | Home

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 | Home
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 | Home
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!