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Black Holes

A Space Accordian Makes Infinity

Frank A. Weil | Posted 07.28.2015 | 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.

Time

Frank A. Weil | Posted 06.17.2015 | 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 05.20.2015 | 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.

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

Space.com | 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

Space.com | 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

Space.com | 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

Space.com | 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

Space.com | 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...