Could we extract energy from a black hole? Our experiment verifies old theory

Twisted sound beams suggest an advanced civilisation may be able to harness immense amounts of power from a black hole.

Marion Cromb, PhD Candidate in Physics, University of Glasgow • conversation
June 26, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: physics black-hole light science-fiction doppler-effect

In a photo of a black hole, a possible key to mysteries

So little is known about black holes and the image hints at a path to a higher-resolution image and more and better data.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
April 17, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: science-technology physics astrophysics space astronomy black-hole einstein center-for-astrophysics peter-galison caitlin-mcdermott-murphy quantum-mechanics black-hole-initiative alexander-lupsasca andrew-strominger michael-johnson space-time theory-of-relativity

Astrophysicist works to make science understandable

Harvard’s educational mission is bringing the universe’s strangest creation to the world, as short videos about black holes have been seen by millions.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Jan. 28, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  science-technology  physics  black-hole  alvin-powell  science-education  alex-rosenthal  black-hole-initiative  center-for-astrophysics-harvard-smithsonian  fabio-pacucci  teded  video

Astronomers use ‘cosmic echo-location’ to map black hole surroundings

Material falling into a black hole casts X-rays out into space – and now astronomers have used the echoes of this radiation to map the dynamic behaviour and surroundings of a black hole itself.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Jan. 20, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: space astronomy black-hole

Women in STEM: Amy Rankine

Amy Rankine is a PhD candidate in the Institute of Astronomy and a member of Clare Hall. Here, she tells us about being the first in her family to go to university, why she decided to pursue an academic career, and how the brightest things in the universe affect the formation of galaxies. 

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Nov. 21, 2019 ~4 min

Tags:  women-in-stem  space  astronomy  black-hole

Stormy cluster weather could unleash black hole power and explain lack of cosmic cooling

“Weather” in clusters of galaxies may explain a longstanding puzzle, according to a team of researchers at the University of Cambridge. 

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Oct. 21, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: space astronomy black-hole galaxy

Harvard scientists shed light on importance of black hole image

Researchers at the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) just unveiled the first-ever image of a black hole, which captures what EHT Director Sheperd Doeleman called “a one-way door from our universe.”

Peter Reuell • harvard
April 10, 2019 ~6 min

Tags:  science-technology  black-hole  faculty-of-arts-and-sciences  fas  harvard  peter-reuell  reuell  cfa  doeleman  einstein  event-horizon-telescope  general-relativity  gravity  image  sheperd-doeleman  smithsonian  alcock  center-for-astrophysics  charles-alcock  earthrise  galison  pale-blue-dot  peter-galison

Harvard scientists lead team revealing black hole

A years-long effort by dozens of researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics reveals the first-ever image of a supermassive black hole.

Peter Reuell • harvard
April 10, 2019 ~8 min

Tags:  science-technology  astronomy  black-hole  faculty-of-arts-and-sciences  fas  harvard  peter-reuell  reuell  cfa  harvard-smithsonian-center-for-astrophysics  accretion-disk  basic-science  doeleman  eht  einstein  event-horizon-telescope  general-relativity  gravity  image  sheperd-doeleman  smithsonian  telescopes  very-long-baseline-interferometry  virtual-telescope  vlbi

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