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Black Holes

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...

Richard Dawkins and the Mating Dance of Planets

Amir Aczel | Posted 06.24.2014 | 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 ...

Have Physicists Found Dark Matter's Hiding Place?

Space.com | Katia Moskvitch | Posted 05.01.2014 | Science

Dark matter, the invisible and mysterious stuff that makes up most of the material universe, might be hiding itself in microscopic black holes, says...

Five Science Thoughts to Blow Your Mind

Jeffrey Bennett | Posted 06.21.2014 | Science
Jeffrey Bennett

We may actually be of the utmost significance to the universe, because after nearly 14 billion years of cosmic evolution, it is through our brain power that the universe has finally achieved self-awareness.

WATCH: Ellen Explains Black Holes, Hilarity Ensues

The Huffington Post | Posted 04.08.2014 | Science

Who knew physics could be funny? Well, it can be if comedian Ellen Degeneres is your professor. On a recent episode of her NBC talk show, the belov...

New Data Suggest Theory About Black Holes Was All Wrong

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 03.30.2014 | Science

The gigantic black holes that lurk at the hearts of galaxies were apparently born big. The central black holes in dwarf galaxies — the "seeds" th...

The Hunt Is On For 'Rogue' Black Holes

Space.com | Katia Moskvitch | Posted 03.17.2014 | Science

Hundreds of wandering "rogue" black holes may dwell in the Milky Way — and now researchers say they know how to detect them. Discovering these str...

Has Black Hole Paradox Finally Been Resolved?

Space.com | Katia Moskvitch | Posted 03.14.2014 | Science

Every black hole conceals a secret — the quantum remains of the star from which it formed, say a group of scientists, who also predict that these ...

Hidden Truths: Going Beyond Common-Sense Reality (Part 2)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

Reality itself, as explored by cutting-edge theories in physics, cosmology, and neuroscience, is giving us hints that we should look at the world through fresh eyes.

EXPLAINED: How Black Holes Get Really, Really Big

| Yudhijit Bhattacharjee | Posted 03.10.2014 | Science

Astronomers know that most supermassive black holes start out small and grow over time. But how does this growth occur? Researchers who have measured ...

Astronomers Reveal Monster Black Hole's Dizzying Speed

Space.com | Nola Taylor Redd | Posted 03.06.2014 | Science

For the first time, astronomers have directly measured how fast a black hole spins, clocking its rotation at nearly half the speed of light. The dis...

Elusive Black Hole Winds Much Stronger Than Once Thought

Space.com | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 03.02.2014 | Science

Black holes can blast their surroundings with much stronger winds than previously thought, scientists say. The discovery will help better model the ev...

WATCH: What Happens When A Star Falls Into A Black Hole

The Huffington Post | Posted 02.20.2014 | Science

When a black hole swallows a star, things get violent. Very violent. At least, that's what scientists found in a new study when they used computer...

Black Hole Study Puts Ancient Universe In Surprising New Light

Space.com | Nola Taylor Redd | Posted 02.06.2014 | Science

Black holes acting as companions to early stars may have taken more time to raise the temperature of the ancient universe than previously thought, a ...

Hawking Offers Radical New Take On Black Holes

natureheader | Zeeya Merali | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

Most physicists foolhardy enough to write a paper claiming that “there are no black holes” — at least not in the sense we usually imagine — wo...

'Silent' Black Hole Has Astronomers Rethinking Their Theories

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

Astronomers have found a quiescent black hole orbiting a massive, fast-rotating star, suggesting that these strange binary systems may be common thro...

Scientists Plan To Catch Black Hole On Camera

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 12.18.2013 | Science

A team of European astrophysicists plans to capture the world's first image of a black hole, and a newly awarded grant may help that dream come true....