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20+ Sticky Note Drawings That Perfectly Capture the Everyday Struggles of Adulthood

Cartoonist Chaz Hutton (aka Insta-Chaz) uses humble sticky notes as his canvas to illustrate the relatable highs and lows of daily life. Using a simple stick-man style in black ink, the artist captures the awkward transition into adulthood with witty diagrams, charts, and simple illustrations all …

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Astronomers Track Bizarre Objects Near Milky Way's Central Black Hole

Astronomers have spotted more mystery objects near our Milky Way Galaxy’s central supermassive black hole. Permanently cloaked in a veil of gas and dust, the objects appear to be wholly natural and are thought to span the astrophysical gap between gas clouds and compact stellar-type objects. As …

Universe

There’s A Genius Street Artist Running Loose In The Streets, And Let’s Hope Nobody Catches Him (30+ New Pics)

Tom Bob (previously here) refuses to simply <i>live</i> in the world. He's reshaping it. Creating clever street art on common objects in the urban landscape, …

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Gravitational Waves Announce Birth Of A Black Hole

Now that we have gravitational wave astronomy, we’re able to study strong cataclysmic events such as the merging of two astronomical bodies. The early observations of gravitational waves saw merging black holes, but in August of 2017 we observed gravitational waves from the merger of two neutron …

Black Holes

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 …

Black Holes

For The First Time, We May Have Detected a Baby Black Hole Created by Colliding Neutron Stars

Smashing!<p>The incredible gravitational wave event that gave us colliding neutron stars and pictures of colliding neutron stars is the astronomical …

Black Holes

Gallery: The ambitious urban surrealism of Alex Chinneck

Chinneck's first major architectural installation came in 2012 with a work called <i>Telling the Truth Through False Teeth.</i> Attempting to subvert the …

Art

We discovered that life may be billions of times more common in the multiverse

Why is there life in our universe? The existence of galaxies, stars, planets and ultimately life seem to depend on a small number of finely tuned …

Dark Matter

Black hole awakens, erupts after 26 years - CNN Video

A NASA satellite detected the first sign of a black hole 8,000 light years away from Earth on Jun 15, 2015. Astronomers around the world are studying the event.

Scientists Just Solved One of the Paradoxes Behind Giant Black Holes

There is a paradox in the universe: scientists believe that there are millions more giant black holes in the universe than we know about, and yet, if …

Universe

NuSTAR Stares Deep into Hidden Lairs of Black Holes

<b>Some of the “biggest and baddest” black holes around are buried under thick blankets of gas and dust. These monsters in the middle of galaxies are</b> …

A black hole under the gravitational lens

An unusual observation method uncovers processes near the event horizon of a distant, massive monster<p>Turbulent processes take place close to …

The Universe might contain millions of hidden black holes

Black holes are, by definition, impossible to see by conventional methods and are often further obscured by thick blankets of dust or gas. But that's not an issue for NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR). It can peek through the obscuring layers and monitor the black holes via the …

Universe

Black Hole 'Wakes Up' After 26-Year Slumber

After taking a 26-year nap, a waking black hole released a burst of X-rays that lit up astronomical observatories on June 15 — and it's still making …

Black Holes

Galaxy's Huge Black Hole Puts on Spectacular Fireworks Show (Video)

The supermassive black hole at the center of a far-off galaxy is putting on a fireworks display of cosmic proportions.<p>Scientists captured the …

Earth - A black hole has been caught burping out X-rays

Black holes are hungry. They grow bigger as they gobble up cosmic debris from nearby stars. Anything too close can get sucked in.<p>They are the remains of massive stars, scrunched up on themselves until they become infinitely dense. Anything that gets too close gets trapped by their powerful gravity. …

Black Holes Could Turn You Into a Hologram, and You Wouldn’t Even Notice — NOVA Next | PBS

Few things are as mysterious as black holes. Except, of course, what would happen to you if you fell into one.<p>Physicists have been debating what …

Astroquizzical: How Does Gravity Escape From A Black Hole? (Synopsis) [Starts With A Bang]

There’s something puzzling about black holes, if you stop to consider it. On the one hand, they’re objects so massive and dense — compacted into such …

Colliding black holes could warp space-time itself

If the two black holes meet, they could release as much energy as 100 million supernova explosions as they shatter their galaxy, a new study finds.<p>A team of prominent researchers has discovered what appears to be the start of two massive black holes at the centers of their own galaxies beginning to …

Falling Into A Black Hole Could Turn You Into A Hologram

Scientists have come up with a theory which could explain what happens to matter once it enters a black hole: it becomes a hologram.<p>Now we know what …

GMS: Turning Black Holes into Dark Matter Labs

A new computer simulation tracking dark matter particles in the extreme gravity of a black hole shows that strong, potentially observable gamma-ray …

Massive V404 Cygni Black Hole Wakes Up And Swallows A Star

A black hole has woken up... and it's hungry.<p>The European Space Agency says V404 Cygni, a binary system of a black hole and a star, has gone from practically invisible to one of the brightest objects in the high-energy sky (space as seen with instruments that detect gamma rays and X-rays).<p>The …

Slumbering black hole in Milky Way roars back to life

A black hole that hasn't been heard of since 1989 has suddenly become active again and is now the brightest object in the X-ray sky.<p>About 8,000 light-years from Earth, a black hole and a star dance around each other in the constellation Cygnus, the swan. Black holes emit energy as matter heats up …

​Black hole wakes up after 26yr sleep to feast on star companion

The “extraordinary behavior” of a massive black hole in our galaxy, has got astronomers thrilled: After staying dormant for over a quarter of a …

We May Have Dramatically Misunderstood the Shapes of Black Holes

Even if you didn’t see Interstellar, you’ve probably heard about how black holes have an “event horizon” — and once you pass it, you’re mashed into …

Black Holes

Images: Black Holes of the Universe

X-Ray Spex<p>Credit: NASA Marshall Center<p>Black holes are some of the universe's most enigmatic and mysterious objects. Take a tour of some of the most …

NASA simulation suggests black holes may make ideal dark matter labs

A new NASA computer simulation shows that dark matter particles colliding in the extreme gravity of a black hole can produce strong, potentially …

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