In my previous post, I discussed Physicist Mersini-Houghton’s mathematical proof that Black Holes could never form. I also expressed my disdain for the possibility that this is even remotely correct. Today I will expand on the idea why I’m so pessimistic and why there’s plenty reasons to believe that black holes are alive and well.
A physicist has made the extraordinary claim that she’s proven mathematically that black holes cannot exist. If true (don’t get your hopes up) this could have implications for not only spacetime and the big bang itself but more importantly, all future sci-fi movies. Yes, you heard me right; mathematical proof that black holes cannot exist.
Astronomers claim to have found the first clear evidence that the gassy and dusty environment around some young stars are actually quite windy.
Many young stars have long intrigued astronomers because the disk of proto-planetary material surrounding them glow unusually with Infrared light. Many suspected this was due to massive wind-like movements that go beyond the usual orbital motion you’d expect from a contracting flattened disk of ancient dust and gas.
These incipient solar systems are hosted by special class of star called a T-Tauri. A T-Tauri star is simply a very young star with a highly variable light output. When I say young I mean a scant 10 million years at the oldest…a mere baby. They are so young that the star’s retinue of planets whether they be rocky or gaseous or both haven’t even fully coalesced yet.
NASA’s MAVEN satellite has survived its orbital insertion around Mars and will soon be ready to relay back to earth details about how extreme climate change caused its atmosphere to go from a warm wet planet to a very cold and dry one.
MAVEN stands for Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution. The first two words are easy enough to understand (they’d better be) but the last two may be more abstruse. They refer to the changes over time of the compounds in the atmosphere like water and carbon dioxide as they readily convert to forms that easily escape the grip of the planet. MAVEN will be the first Mars mission to specifically examine the Martian upper atmosphere and try to figure out its evolution and how it impacted the evolution of the planet.
An extensive study of galaxies reveals that the big ones grow primarily from cannibalizing the smaller ones. Small galaxies, on the other hand, are very efficient at creating new stars from scratch right up until they get gobbled up. This is just one of the fascinating results of a 7 year study by 90 scientists of
Recent advances in an alternative battery technology using Betavoltaics could potentially power future cars and spaceships using electrons from radioactive decay.
A sleep circuit in the brain has been identified in the brainstem of mammals that, once stimulated, causes test animals to quickly fall asleep regardless of the time of day.
Researchers at Harvard School of Medicine and the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Bio-medical Sciences found this so-called sleep node (the second ever found) in the brain stem of the mammalian brain. The brain stem is the communication hub of the brain being connected directly to your spine and relaying signals from you gray matter through and down your spinal cord. Much more importantly though, it is the life support system that handles low-level but kinda important functions like breathing, heart-rate, body temperature, blood pressure, and sleeping.
Recent comparisons between the oldest rocks on the earth and more modern ones bolster the theory that the infant earth was not as hellish as we we once thought it was. Depictions of earth when it was a baby less than 500 million years old often show it to be a red-hot planet with magma
Arizona State University researchers have built a prototype “JetPack” that won’t let anyone fly but aims to help soldiers run 4 minute miles even loaded with gear.
Let me get this out of the way first. This is NOT A JETPACK. Everyone’s calling it a jetpack (including researchers) but just strapping a jet to your back doesn’t make it a jetpack unless you can fly with it. Am I right or am I right?
Ok, I feel a little better.
Stephen Hawking has been quoted in the news recently saying that the Higgs particle could be the utlimate doomsday device, potentially destroying the entire universe in one (light-speed traveling) fell swoop.
You may want to read this fast.
Seriously though, Don’t Panic 😛