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Has Stephen Hawking solved a huge black hole mystery?

Stephen Hawking may have just solved one of the most vexing mysteries in physics — the "information paradox."<p>Einstein's theory of general relativity …

Stephen Hawking explains how to (sort-of) escape a black hole

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>If you find yourself stuck inside a black hole, Stephen Hawking says not to panic: You may die, but all traces of your existence may not be lost forever.<p>Current science suggests that a black hole’s gravity is so strong that absolutely nothing—not even light—can escape …

Physics

Kepler Telescope Introduces Earth To A Very Distant Cousin

NASA's planet-hunting Kepler Telescope has spotted the first roughly Earth-sized world orbiting in the "Goldilocks zone" of another star – offering perhaps the best bet so far for life elsewhere in the universe.<p>A year on Kepler-452b, which is about 1,400 light years from us in the constellation …

Universe

Can Music Be Used as Medicine?

Biometric trackers are helping scientists tap into the body's response to songs and sound.<p>“Because you listened to Drake, how about Future next?”<p>Pandora, Spotify, and other music-streaming services try to predict what users might like to listen to, based on their tastes and what’s popular with …

Cosmology 101: The Beginning

[/caption]<p><i>Editor’s note: The article “The Universe Could be 250 Times Bigger Than What is Observable” sparked a sizable discussion among our readers,</i> …

Dark Matter

Universe Could be 250 Times Bigger Than What is Observable

[/caption]<p>Our Universe is an enormous place; that’s no secret. What is up for discussion, however, is just <i>how</i> enormous it is. And new research …

Universe

Astronomers unveil the farthest galaxy

An international team of astronomers led by Yale University and the University of California-Santa Cruz have pushed back the cosmic frontier of …

Universe

Mysterious Glow Detected At Center Of Milky Way Galaxy

A mysterious glow has been observed at the center of the Milky Way, and scientists are struggling to figure out exactly what's causing it.<p>One possibility is that the high-energy X-rays that make up the baffling glow are "'howls' of dead stars as they feed on stellar companions." At least that's the …

Einstein's Theory of General Relativity

In 1905, Albert Einstein determined that the laws of physics are the same for all non-accelerating observers, and that the speed of light in a vacuum …

What would you see in a black hole?

What would it be like to fly a spacecraft into a black hole? Marcus Woo investigates.<p>Something about a black hole just pulls you in. Sure, its gravity is so strong that not even light can elude its grasp. But, there's something else, something harder to pinpoint. Maybe it's a black hole's absolute …

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