Category: Black Holes

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Wind Nebula Discovered Around Rare Ultra-Magnetic Neutron Star, A First

For the first time ever, astronomers have discovered a vast cloud of high-energy particles called a wind nebula around a rare ultra-magnetic neutron star. A neutron star is the crushed core of a massive star that ran out of fuel, collapsed under its own weight, and exploded as a supernova, which are the strongest magnets in the universe. After reviewing the discovery of a newly found nebula which surrounds a magnetar known as Swift J1834.9-0846, a team researcher George Younes, a postdoctoral researcher at George Washington University in Washington found an unusual lopsided glow about 15 light-years across centered on the magnetar.  ...

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More Research Needed Into Gravitational Wave Astronomy

For the second time in history, astrophysicists have just announced that they have directly detected gravitational waves caused by the collision of two black holes. An Australian team has been analyzing data collected by the two Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors in the US that picked up the first historic gravitational wave signal for months ago, and were actually able to watch two black holes orbiting each other 27 times in their last second before colliding. Team member Susan Scott, an astrophysicist from the Australian National University in Canberra said, “This has cemented the age of gravitational wave astronomy. This shows data is...

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Second Gravitational Wave Detected

A new discovery was announced at an astronomical meeting in San Diego revealing that a second pair of black holes that devoured each other 1.4 billion years ago have been detected. The same group of astronomers that produced the first audio of the gravitational-wave chirps, they gathered that in the new merger, the black holes were roughly 14 and 8 times as massive as the sun, circled and combined into a single spinning black hole 21 times as massive as the sun. The collision spilled an amount of energy equivalent to the entire mass of the sun into space-time. Albert...

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Dark Thirty Radio – June 17th, 2016

Tonight On Dark Thirty Radio Images Taken From fMRI’s Produce Portraits From Thoughts Researchers used an incredible new form of functional magnetic resonance imaging pattern analysis which is now being used by computers to predict faces by using data from the memory-centered area of the brain. Hongmi Lee and Brice A. Kuhl from the Kuhl Lab at the University of Oregon studied the area of the brain responsible for processing faces, and stated ‘Recent findings suggest that the contents of memory encoding and retrieval can be decoded from the angular gyrus (ANG), a subregion of posterior lateral parietal cortex. Visually perceived faces...

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Dark Thirty Radio – June 13th, 2016

Tonight On Dark Thirty Radio  Chances Of Past Civilizations Having Existed Just Got Higher The probabilistic argument used to arrive at an estimate of the number of active, communicative extraterrestrial civilizations in the Milky Way galaxy was first described in 1960 by American astronomer and astrophysicist, Frank Drake, known as the Drake equation, was giving an new revision by two astronomers and the results are astounding. The University of Washington’s Woody Sullivan and the University of Rochester’s Adam Frank published their assessment in the May issue of Astrobiology and Frank is now in the process of a follow-up for the New York Times...

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Wormholes, and Black Holes And Einstein, Oh My!

According to Einstein’s theory of general relativity, at the center of a black hole lies a point at which the forces of gravity are at their most intense, and time and space effectively end and based on that theory, if an object approaches the event horizon, it would be crushed in one direction, and stretched in another. However, new research suggests that may not be the case, after all. Now, a team of physists at the University of Lisbon in Portugal, have modeled what would happen to different objects, if each one ended up inside the spherical wormhole of a black hole. Team...