Researchers detect 1st merger between black holes with eccentric orbits

Scientists have for the first time confirmed the merging of two very eccentric black holes. Eccentric egg-shaped orbits form when two Black holes spiral to each other and collide under strong gravitational influence. Therefore, highly eccentric orbits may suggest that black holes are constantly biting other black holes in densely populated areas, such as the … Read more

Hubble telescope spots a black hole fostering baby stars in a dwarf galaxy

Black holes can not only separate stars, but they can also trigger star formation, as scientists have now seen in a nearby dwarf galaxy. At the centers of most, if not all, large galaxies are supermassive black holes with masses millions to billions of times larger than the Earth’s Sun. For example, in the heart … Read more

This Adorable Jumping Spider Can’t Actually See Its Own Most Vivid Color

Jumping spiders may have exceptional eyes, but one lovely species seems to have an unusual flaw in the vision department. New experimental evidence suggests that the spider jumped Saitis barbipes there are no photoreceptors that could perceive red. What makes this so weird is this S. barbipes – like many jumping spiders – it is … Read more

The centuries-long history of understanding black holes

Very little about black holes, among the strangest objects in space, is simple. Scientists have a more complete conception of these mind-bending objects than ever before, studying the massive networks that black holes create in space-time and learning how they form. But the brief history of human understanding of black holes has been shaken with … Read more

Black and white US women have gut microbiome differences, and these may be associated with insulin resistance, a risk factor for diabetes

Black and white women in the U.S. have differences in gut microbiome, and they may be linked to insulin resistance, a risk factor for diabetes Credits: Towfiqu barbhuiya, Unsplash, CC0 ( Black and white women in the U.S. have differences in gut microbiome, and they may be linked to insulin resistance, a risk factor for … Read more

A New Study Calculates The Number of Black Holes in The Universe. It’s a Lot

Since we can’t see black holes, it’s hard to know exactly how many there are out there in the big, wide Universe. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have a way to try to figure it out. Black hole black holes are collapsed cores of dead massive stars, and new research involving how these stars … Read more

Newly Discovered Type of “Strange Metal” – Material That Shares Fundamental Quantum Attributes With Black Holes

The new discovery could help scientists understand “strange metals,” a class of materials associated with high-temperature superconductors and share fundamental quantum attributes with black holes. Scientists understand quite well how temperature affects electrical conductivity in most everyday metals such as copper or silver. But in recent years, researchers have turned their attention to a class … Read more

Physics-Based Engineering and the Machine-Learning “Black Box” Problem

Per Mary Beth Gallagher, MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering January 16, 2022 IN WITH 2.C161, George Barbastathis shows how mechanical engineers can use their knowledge of physical systems to keep algorithms under control and develop more accurate predictions. Machine learning algorithms are often called “black box”. Once the data is put into the algorithm, it … Read more

A Major Milestone for the James Webb Space Telescope, a “Mini” Monster Black Hole [Video]

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Northrup Grumman Video transcript: A great milestone for James Webb Space Telescope, which astronomers could learn from mini monsters black hole, and the latest estimate of the global surface temperature of our planet – a few stories that we will tell you this … Read more

Scientists Have Detected a Faint Hint of The Background Hum of The Universe

Ever since scientists first discovered gravitational waves from a pair of black holes in a 2015 collision, there is growing evidence that the universe should be full of them. Every major event — every fusion of a black hole or neutron star, every supernova — was supposed to send gravitational waves echoing through space-time. The … Read more