What happens when someone falls into a black hole?

Reality is far stranger than fiction.

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  • Black holes are stranger than fiction, especially when we explore the weird effects of watching someone or something fall into one.
  • Rotating black holes may be traversable if the physics as we understand it holds.
  • To discuss the physics, we explore a fictional tale with a grand ending.
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Watch the stunning "icy fingers of death" instantly freeze creatures

Strange underwater icicles form in the Earth's coldest regions and freeze living organisms in place.

Two divers ascend to the bottom of the sea ice past the brinicles at the Cape Evans Wall.

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  • Spectacular brinicles form under the ice of our planet's coldest regions.
  • Their formation resembles that of hydrothermal vents.
  • The structures have been called "icy fingers of death" because of their ability to freeze living organisms.
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Can quantum physics explain consciousness?

A theorhetical physicist returns to Penrose and Hameroff's theory of "quantum consciousness."

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One of the most important open questions in science is how our consciousness is established.

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How to read the HR diagram, the most important graph in astrophysics

One single plot of data embodies the most profound thing we know about the stars.

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  • Just like people, stars are born, grow old, and die.
  • Astrophysicists figured this out by studying stars' brightness and temperatures.
  • This data is beautifully and powerfully captured in the Hertzsprung-Russell (HR) diagram.
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How jumping spiders can distinguish the living from the non-living

Eight-eyed arachnids can tell when an object's movement is not quite right.

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  • The ability to distinguish lifelike and non-lifelike movements is an important survival skill.
  • Harvard scientists discovered that at least one invertebrate can do this.
  • Scientists tested jumping spiders as they watched an animation and scuttled about on a floating treadmill.
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Exactly 300 years ago, in 1721, Benjamin Franklin and his fellow American colonists faced a deadly smallpox outbreak.

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