Rachel Feltman
at 10:22 AM Mar 1 2017

Most galaxies in the universe have at least one thing in common: supermassive black holes tend to sit in their centers, silently gorging on interstellar gas and dust and obliterating anything that comes within range of their event horizon. But scientists know very little about the origin of these behemoths or how they got to be so supermassive.

Sarah Fecht
at 16:20 PM Feb 24 2016

Earlier this month, scientists announced the first official discovery of the gravitational waves that Einstein predicted 100 years ago. The ripples in space-time emanated from the massive collision of two black holes 1.3 billion light-years away from us. Now, observations from the Fermi Space Telescope could tell us more about the nature of those black holes.

Sarah Fecht
at 10:48 AM Sep 18 2015

Talk about a fatal attraction. In a galaxy far, far away, two black holes are dancing around each other, drawn together by each others' immense gravity. Eventually the two may collide, triggering a blast with the power of 100 million star explosions.

Loren Grush
at 07:18 AM Feb 23 2015

At the center of any massive galaxy, you'll most likely find one daunting portion of space-time: a supermassive black hole. These gigantic gravity wells are so gigantic, they have a mass that's equal to millions or even billions of times the mass of our Sun. While extremely powerful, black holes can be relatively hard to study. But now researchers have accurately measured a substantial byproduct of supermassive black holes: winds that travel at more than 62,000 miles per second.

Gabe Bergado
at 09:47 AM Jan 25 2014
Science // 

Stephen Hawking has a big announcement.No, it's not that aliens exist or that humans won't survive another 1,000 years on Earth. The physicist claims, in a paper posted online Wednesday, that the idea of an event horizon—the point of no return at a black hole—conflicts with quantum theory. With no event horizons, there are no black holes, according to Hawking.

Nick Gilbert
at 17:30 PM Jul 3 2012

With black holes still being something of a mysterious entity in cosmos, scientists are looking forward to a rare event in astrophysical observation - the consumption of an entire dust cloud by the black hole at the heart of our galaxy.

Gregory Mone
at 04:27 AM Jun 21 2012
Tech // 

Internships more often than not are mindless, coffee-fetching black holes of boredom. But not at Syyn Labs, a Los Angeles collective that creates unusual interactive art and science projects for commercials and music videos. Last summer, student interns Hoon Oh, Robb Godshaw and Jisu Choi took it upon themselves to reinvent the sport of table tennis. Their project could pass for an extra in Transformers: It's part ping-pong table, part machine, and so difficult to play that it reduces pros to the level of rank amateurs.

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