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    Are Black Holes Actually Dark Energy Stars?

    George Chapline believes that the Event Horizon Telescope will offer evidence that black holes are really dark energy stars. NASA What does the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way look like? Early next year, we might find out. The Event Horizon Telescope—really a virtual telescope with an effective diameter of the […]

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    Can Analogies Reveal the Laws of Physics?

    Reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine’s Abstractions blog.Hoping to gain insight into domains of nature that lie beyond experimental reach—the interiors of black holes, the subtleties of the quantum realm, the Big Bang—physicists are experimenting on “analogue” systems made of fluids and other easily manipulable materials that can be modeled by similar equations. Results from […]

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    So Can We Terraform Mars or Not?

    Elon Musk wants to engineer Mars’ atmosphere. Can he?

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    Have Balloons and Ice Broken the Standard Model?

    How five anomalous events at two neutrino experiments provide evidence for supersymmetry.

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    Why Mathematicians Can’t Find the Hay in a Haystack

    Reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine‘s Abstractions blog.The first time I heard a mathematician use the phrase, I was sure he’d misspoken. We were on the phone, talking about the search for shapes with certain properties, and he said, “It’s like looking for hay in a haystack.” Nautilus Members enjoy an ad-free experience. Log in or Join now […]

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    This Is Urban Wildlife Biology

    Minks in TV graveyards, and other stories of Chicago’s hidden animals.