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How falling into a black hole may mean you live on as a hologram - without even noticing

In the movie <i>Interstellar</i>, the main character Cooper escapes from a black hole in time to see his daughter Murph in her final days. Some have argued …

New Research Suggests That Our Universe Could Be a Giant Hologram

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?<p>As far as mind-melting ideas go, the 'hologram principle' is right up there. It predicts that, …

Physics

How It Works: Death By Black Hole

A quantum quandary<p>As you fall feet first across an event horizon—the point where nothing can escape the black hole’s gravitational pull—you don’t feel anything change. But eventually, gravity is so much stronger at your feet than your head that you’re stretched apart, like Play-Doh, until you snap. …

Meet The Former Pastor Who Spent A Year Living As An Atheist: ‘I Don’t Think God Exists’

Religion is always quite the touchy issue to bring up, I think mostly because faith is that sort of risk that people take on a personal level and they don’t want to be wrong. What happens when we die is beside the point to these debates we have, meaning it has little bearing on why we have them in …

NASA Thinks Life May Lurk Beneath Europa's Surface

Forget moonmen and those old “canals” on Mars, if you want to find life in our solar system, your best bet might be to set your sights beyond the asteroid belt to Jupiter’s moon Europa, which appears to be frozen stiff at first glance.<p>But appearances can be deceiving, and scientists now believe …

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Separates Fact From Fiction In 'Interstellar'

As you may be aware, there's a hot new space movie now in theaters — <i>Interstellar</i>. Here's the premise: It's just a little bit in the future, conditions have become pretty horrible on Earth and some astronauts head out in search of a new planet for humans to inhabit.<p>Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson …

At the Very Bottom of Reality Is Planck's Constant

The number that divides the world into classical and quantum.<p>What is it to be quantum? We hear the word often enough: quantum mechanics, quantum teleportation, quantum entanglement, quantum computing, quantum encryption, etc. Rarely, it seems, do we consider quantum for what the concept is at its …

Black Holes are Actually "Eternally Collapsing Objects" --Indian Physicist Refutes Hawking

Mitra's papers, published in peer reviewed journals since 2000 - that still remain unchallenged - maintain that there can be objects in the universe …

Space travel is dangerous. There will be no tourists.

On September 17, 1908, Army Lt. Thomas Selfridge made the fateful decision to get into an airplane with Orville Wright. It made sense for him to go: …

Mystery of Earth's Water Origin Solved

Instead of arriving later by comet impact, Earth's waters have likely existed since our planet's birth.<p>The water that makes Earth a majestic blue marble was here from the time of our planet's birth, according to a new study of ancient meteorites, scientists reported Thursday.<p>Where do the oceans …