“Ripping Spacetime Asunder” –Abrupt Phase Transition May Have Created First Black Holes

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British astrophysicist, Lord Martin Rees, founder of the Center for the Study of Existential Risk, famous for his contributions to black hole formation and the evolution of the universe, has observed that contrary to popular perception, the vacuum of space is not an empty void. The vacuum, Rees states, has in it “all the forces and particles that govern the physical world.” And he adds, it’s possible that the vacuum we can observe is in reality “fragile and unstable.”

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Last Week’s Top 5 Space & Science Headlines –“Dark Matter Older than Big Bang to Unknown Physics”

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“Provocative” –Advanced Life in the Dark Side of Our Universe

 

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Two of the planet’s leading astrophysicists, Columbia University’s Caleb Scharf and Harvard’s Lisa Randall speculate about the possibility of the dominant dark side of our universe harboring advanced life.

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“A Cosmic Forest” –Primordial Black Holes May Unveil Nature of Dark Matter

 

Ancient Quasars

 

New research has focused on the abundance of primordial black holes that formed just fractions of a second after the Big Bang that are 50 times more massive than the sun, analyzing the interaction of the light emitted from these extremely distant quasars with the cosmic web, a network of filaments composed of gas and dark matter present throughout the universe.

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The Ultimate Mystery? –“Consciousness May Exist in the Absence of Matter”

 

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“I have a much easier time imagining how we understand the Big Bang than I have imagining how we can understand consciousness,” says Edward Witten,  theoretical physicist at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey who has been compared to Isaac Newton and Einstein.

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Last Week’s Top 5 Space & Science Headlines –“Milky Way’s First Civilization to Jupiter’s 350-Year Mystery”

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