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The Worst Pain in the World, Bendable Phones, and Joshua Tree: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Ten hut, Gizmodo readers! Do you have a New Year’s Resolution you should be working on? Do not answer that rhetorical question, because yours are the feeble dreams of weaklings and mine is to whip this sorry, good-for-nothing blog audience squad into shape!Read more...
Tags: Food, Gadgets, Comics, Astronomy, TV, Science, Technology, Privacy, Syfy, Ces, Glass, Surveillance, Physics, Birds, International Space Station, Ocean

Scientists close to first sighting of black hole in the Milky Way

International team say ‘spectacular’ data hints at historic breakthroughAstronomers attempting to capture the first images of the black hole at the heart of the Milky Way have given early hints that the ambitious project has been successful.The observations, by the Event Horizon Telescope, are expected to be unveiled in March in one of the most eagerly awaited scientific announcements of 2019. Now, a senior scientist on the project has said “spectacular” data was gathered during observations of ...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, World news, Black Holes

A Star Fell Into a Black Hole, Revealing Its Super-Fast Spin

Scientists have measured a fundamental property of a supermassive black hole—how fast it spins—by measuring a star slamming into it.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Black Holes, Astrophysics, TDE, Tidal Disruption Events, Star Fell Into

International Space Station Telescope Makes Amazing Observation of Black Hole Eating Stuff

A telescope on the International Space Station made an incredible high-resolution measurement of the x-rays resulting from a black hole sucking up matter that could have important implications for astronomers’ understanding of these mysterious objects.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, International Space Station, Iss, Black Holes, Astrophysics

Physicists Spot Four Black Hole Collisions, Including the Largest One Ever Recorded

Physicists have spotted four new instances of black holes colliding and sending their gravitational waves toward the Earth, including the most massive collision recorded to date.Read more...
Tags: Science, Earth, Physics, Black Holes, Gravitational Waves, Virgo, Ligo, NSF

What Happens When Two Black Holes Collide?

On September 14, 2015, signals from one of the Universe’s most mind-boggling, powerful events produced the tiniest signal in a pair of detectors, one in Louisiana and one in Washington state. They’d detected two already-wild objects, black holes, slamming into one another.Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Washington, Physics, Louisiana, Black Holes

How the Universe Ends

Somewhere between a second and a millennium from now, you will die. Your body and all of its parts will cease functioning and rejoin the Earth as regular, lifeless stuff. The Earth, too, will die, engulfed by an expanding, aging Sun. The Sun will burn off all of its fuel and end up a white dwarf, then burn out and…Read more...
Tags: Death, Science, Nasa, Earth, Inflation, Universe, Black Holes, Dark Matter, Nothing, String Theory, Dark Energy

NASA's Flagship X-Ray Telescope Back Online After Last Week's Safe Mode

One of NASA’s flagship telescopes, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, went into safe mode last week following gyroscope problems. That telescope is now back up and running.Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Physics, Black Holes, Supernovae, Supernovas, Chandra X Ray Observatory, Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, X Ray Astronomy

NASA's Flagship X-Ray Telescope Back Online After Weekend Safe Mode

One of NASA’s flagship telescopes, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, went into safe mode last week following gyroscope problems. That telescope is now back up and running.Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Physics, Black Holes, Supernovae, Supernovas, Chandra X Ray Observatory, Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, X Ray Astronomy

Stephen Hawking’s final paper about black holes is now online

Stephen Hawking href=""> passed away earlier this year at the age of 76, but his incredible intellect isn’t yet done contributing to the scientific community. The acclaimed physicist’s final paper is now online for anyone to read and it revisits some mysteries of the physical world that came to define his illustrious career. Titled “Black Hole Entropy and Soft Hair,” the paper was co-authored by Hawking collaborators Sasha Haco, M...
Tags: TC, Astronomy, Science, Tech, Physics, Stephen Hawking, Black Hole, Black Holes, Hawking, Andrew Strominger, Malcolm Perry, Sasha Haco Malcolm Perry

New Supernova Discovery Explains Landmark Neutron Star Collision

August 17, 2017 heralded one of the most important observations in astronomy’s history: two neutron stars colliding, sending both light and gravitational waves toward the Earth. But it left one question wide open: how two of these stellar corpses could have ended up orbiting each other in the first place.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Black Holes, Neutron Stars, Astrophysics, Supernovae, Caltech

Stephen Hawking's final scientific paper released

Black Hole Entropy and Soft Hair was completed in the days before the physicist’s death in March• Black holes and soft hair: why Stephen Hawking’s final work is importantStephen Hawking’s final scientific paper has been released by physicists who worked with the late cosmologist on his career-long effort to understand what happens to information when objects fall into black holes.The work, which tackles what theoretical physicists call “the information paradox”, was completed in the days before ...
Tags: Science, Harvard, Physics, Cambridge, Stephen Hawking, Black Holes

Assembling an Image of the Shadow of a Black Hole

In a mind-boggling excerpt from Seth Fletcher’s book Einstein’s Shadow: A Black Hole, a Band of Astronomers, and the Quest to See the Unseeable (published by Ecco), the author probes the meticulous process behind the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT). In fact, a series of collaborative data sets collected in 2017 by eight telescopes around the planet, the EHT aims to create an image of the shadow of a …
Tags: Books, Space, Science, Design, Culture, Satellites, Black Holes, Einstein, Linkaboutit, Telescopes, The Cosmos, Seth Fletcher

Astronomers Spot a Black Hole Sucking Up an Earth-Size Clump of Matter

You might think of black holes as enormous vacuum cleaners, sucking in all the matter and light that ventures too close. But confusingly, scientists normally see stuff leaving the area around a black hole, via jets of matter and light from ripped-apart dust. It’s rare to see matter get devoured.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Black Holes, Astrophysics, Agns

Black Holes Might Temporarily Bring Dead Stars Back to Life

What happens when a dead star meets a black hole? The answer appears to be a brief zombie awakening, according to a new paper. Let me explain.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Black Holes, Simulations, Astrophysics, White Dwarfs

Facebook Got Mad at Us, Samsung Note 9, and Ajit Pai: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

First, the bad news: Sunday is the anniversary of the disastrous white supremacist Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that culminated in a neo-Nazi car attack that killed local woman Heather Heyer and wounded scores of others, as well as resulted in the deaths of two police officers. The organizer of…Read more...
Tags: Android, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Astronomy, Space, Politics, Science, Movies, Fcc, Biology, Fantasy, Memory, Samsung, Star Trek, Fbi, Federal Communications Commission

The Only Known Sound in Space Is This 'Singing' Black Hole

Everyone knows there is no sound in space. After all, a sound wave requires a medium, like air or water, to travel through, and space is mostly a vacuum. But in studying a nearby galaxy cluster, astronomers detected a true occurrence of sound in space—and in this case, the incredibly deep sound was coming from a black…Read more...
Tags: Space, Music, Science, Sounds, Black Holes

Supermassive Black Hole Stretches Starlight, Proving Einstein Right Again

Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity is magnificent. For a hundred years, it has consistently predicted all sorts of wacky phenomena scientists have later observed throughout space. One international team is now announcing that a 26-year-long observation campaign has once again confirmed the theory. Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Physics, Albert Einstein, Black Holes, Einstein, Astrophysics, General Relativity, Tests Of General Relativity

See the South Pole Message That Alerted Astronomers to the Cosmic-Ray-Spewing Blazar

Today, scientists made a huge announcement: Telescopes around the world recorded a source of mysterious, ultra-high-energy cosmic rays, the highest-energy particles that hit the Earth. It all started with a text message. Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Earth, Physics, Black Holes, Astrophysics, Neutrinos, Cosmic Rays, Blazars, Particle Astrophysics, Ray Spewing Blazar

Scientists Find Stronger Evidence for New Kind of Black Hole

We’ve seen supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies tearing stars to shreds. We’ve detected the energy wave from relatively tiny black holes slamming together to create a wobble in space-time a billion light-years away. But what about the medium-sized black holes in between these extremes?Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Physics, Black Holes, Astrophysics

Black Holes Can Maybe Turn Into Dark Matter Lasers

Black holes are already some of the strangest objects in the universe, and scientists sometimes dream up some pretty wild theories about their behavior. Like maybe they can accumulate dark matter particles and turn into black hole lasers, beaming radiation out into space.Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Physics, Black Holes, Dark Matter, Astrophysics, Axions, Wild Theories, Black Hole Dark Matter Lasers

10 Years of Data Appears to Show Black Hole Eating a Star

When a star meets the gravity of a black hole, chaos ensues.Read more...
Tags: Science, Lunch, Physics, Explosions, Black Holes, Flares, Astrophysics, TDE, Supermassive Black Holes, Chaos Reigns

What Are These Mystery Puffs Near the Galactic Center?

The center of our galaxy is an extreme place that holds all sorts of mysteries. Among those enigmas are what appear to be gas clouds that somehow refuse to be pulled apart by the immense gravity of the galactic center. Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Physics, Milky Way, Black Holes, Astrophysics, WM Keck Observatory, Supermassive Black Holes, Sagittarius A, Sag A

Colliding Neutron Stars Likely Birthed a Baby Black Hole

On August 17, 2017, astronomers witnessed an extraordinary celestial event: a collision between two ultra-dense neutron stars. Scientists had never seen anything quite like it, leading to much speculation as to what happened in the wake of the monumental encounter. New research now suggests the collision produced a…Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Black Holes, Neutron Stars, Pulsars, Binary Neutron Stars, Black Hole Formation, Neutron Star Mergers, Baby Black Hole

Telescope Aimed at Black Hole Gives Taste of Incredible Results to Come

You might remember that about a year ago, astrophysicists turned the whole Earth into a telescope to try and get a picture of a black hole. That image isn’t available yet, but the folks behind this “Event Horizon Telescope” just released data from previous observing periods, and it’s making us even antsier for the…Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Earth, Physics, Black Holes, Event Horizon Telescope, Astrophysics

The Hungriest Black Hole Ever Detected Gobbles a Sun-Sized Star Every Two Days

Supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies can get absurdly huge, sometimes reaching masses billions of times greater than our Sun. The rate at which black holes grow can vary, but Australian astronomers have detected one such object with an unusually intense appetite, making it the fastest-growing black hole…Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Black Holes, Cosmology, Supermassive Black Holes, Omnomnom

Astronomers Find Evidence of Thousands of Black Holes at the Center of Our Galaxy

Astronomers have long predicted that as many as 20,000 black holes could be hiding in our galaxy’s center, but so far no one has been able to spot them. Until now.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Physics, Black Holes, Gravitational Waves, Whoa, Astrophysics, Ligo, The Milky Way

Could Higgs Bosons and Primordial Black Holes Explain Dark Matter?

Without an actual discovery, it can be difficult to convince us laypeople that there’s really such a thing as “dark matter.” It seems to interact with our universe solely through gravity, and no experiment has detected it here on Earth yet. So what if there’s an explanation to what’s causing the dark matter’s using…Read more...
Tags: Science, Physics, Black Holes, Big Bang, Higgs Boson, Wild Theories, Partilce Physics

Physicists React to Stephen Hawking's Passing [Updating]

Stephen Hawking passed away today in his home at age 76. Hawking popularized the deepest questions of the universe and became a pop culture icon thanks to his writing and work. His personality and ideas had a profound impact on scientists and science fans alike.Read more...
Tags: Science, Physics, Stephen Hawking, Black Holes, Stephen, Big Bang, Hawking Radiation

Here’s Why Stephen Hawking Never Won the Nobel Prize in Physics

The answer — unlike quantum mechanics — is relatively straightforward
Tags: Science, News, Uncategorized, Physics, Stephen Hawking, Black Holes, Nobel, Einstein, Nobel Prize, Onetime

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