Hawking Radiation

Alright this will be my final post on black holes, I promise. Unless you want more, that is? Actually that’s a silly question, of course you’d like more. But unfortunately you’re not getting any, so make sure you savour this one. It’s going to be… astronomical… (I’ll see myself out).

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Cha0s

Last night, I quickly had a look at the weather forecast for today. It confidently reassured me that there would be a bright, sunlit morning with a 5% chance of rainy spells. Of course, I had no doubt in my mind that the forecast was telling the truth. In the morning, I awoke with a large yawn and a badly-needed stretch. As I got up to draw back the curtains and admire the sunshine, I felt a sharp chill creep up my spine. “Hmm, it’s oddly cold in here”, I thought. Throwing back the curtains in vivid anticipation, my eyes flinched at the glare. My garden was covered edge to edge in a thick layer of bright, white snow. Just as predicted, right?

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Surfing Gravity’s Waves

On 11th February 2016 the world rejoiced in the astounding news that the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) had confirmed the first ever direct observation of gravitational waves, predicted a hundred years ago by Albert Einstein in his theory of general relativity. This is hailed as the breakthrough of the century, like the Holy Grail of scientific discoveries.

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