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What is a Black Hole?

What is a Black Hole?

The term “black hole” was coined in the 1960s by physicist Robert Dicke, aptly deriving from the Black Hole of Calcutta, an inescapable prison. But various fields of science assign different properties to these stellar objects—an issue professor Erik Curiel

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Scanning the Galaxy: The discovery of a hot Saturn

Scanning the Galaxy: The discovery of a hot Saturn

Have you ever wondered what may exist outside our solar system? In order to better understand our galaxy, NASA utilizes space telescopes to survey the sky, including the Transmitting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) launched last year. Like the Kepler mission,

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Cady Van Assendelft (SM ’19)

Cady Van Assendelft (SM ’19)

“I’ve basically known that I want to do physics for probably a decade now,” said Cady van Assendelft, a senior intensive physics major at Yale. In her junior year of high school, she had an influential physics teacher who made

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Some Dark Matters: Newly discovered galaxies lack dark matter

Some Dark Matters: Newly discovered galaxies lack dark matter

For astronomy researchers, the invisible nature of dark mat­ter is one of the most perplexing features of our universe. Dark matter is a theoretical form of matter that does not interact with light, and therefore cannot be directly observed by

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To Mourn a Star: A hot and fast ultra-stripped supernova that likely formed a compact neutron star binary

To Mourn a Star: A hot and fast ultra-stripped supernova that likely formed a compact neutron star binary

Imagine a material so dense that a teaspoon of it weighs as much as 900 Pyramids of Giza. Some objects in the universe really are this dense: neutron stars. Despite their confusing name, they are not stars; instead, they are

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Real-Life Lightsabers

Real-Life Lightsabers

Interacting photons could make this Star Wars fantasy  a reality As you read this sentence, infinitesimally small particles of light are bouncing around at infinitely fast speeds, transferring these words you see on the magazine page or mobile screen directly

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In the Seas of Titan

In the Seas of Titan

An Extraterrestrial Submarine On a moon of Saturn called Titan, a dragonfly hovers over the equator, while a turtle ripples the surface of Kraken Mare, a sea of liquid methane. Surviving in temperatures below -300 °F, these aren’t hardy new

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Tracking Transition: From dinosaurs to birds, brain-skull evolution

Tracking Transition: From dinosaurs to birds, brain-skull evolution

New discovery in skull and brain development has implications for greater understanding of evolution of reptiles and birds.

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Guide to the Galaxy: A SAGA: Neighboring galaxies provide clues to the nature of the universe

Guide to the Galaxy: A SAGA: Neighboring galaxies provide clues to the nature of the universe

The Milky Way Galaxy has long been studied as a model for other galaxies in the universe. However, Yale professor Marla Geha is part of a collaboration exploring just how different the Milky Way might actually be.

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Making the most of twists and turns: Harvesting mechanical energy with carbon nanotube yarns

Making the most of twists and turns: Harvesting mechanical energy with carbon nanotube yarns

American and South Korean scientists have developed carbon nanotube yarns that convert twisting and stretching motions into electrical signals. The applications range from wearable sensors to harnessing the energy of ocean waves.

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