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    Lab fireball 'may be black hole'
    BBC news ^ | BBC

    A fireball created in a US particle accelerator has the characteristics of a black hole, a physicist has said.

    It was generated at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) in New York, US, which smashes beams of gold nuclei together at near light speeds.

    Horatiu Nastase says his calculations show that the core of the fireball has a striking similarity to a black hole.

    His work has been published on the pre-print website arxiv.org and is reported in New Scientist magazine.

    When the gold nuclei smash into each other they are broken down into particles called quarks and gluons.

    These form a ball of plasma about 300 times hotter than the surface of the Sun. This fireball, which lasts just 10 million, billion, billionths of a second, can be detected because it absorbs jets of particles produced by the beam collisions.

    But Nastase, of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, says there is something unusual about it.

    Ten times as many jets were being absorbed by the fireball as were predicted by calculations.

    The Brown researcher thinks the particles are disappearing into the fireball's core and reappearing as thermal radiation, just as matter is thought to fall into a black hole and come out as "Hawking" radiation.

    However, even if the ball of plasma is a black hole, it is not thought to pose a threat. At these energies and distances, gravity is not the dominant force in a black hole.

    The RHIC is sited at the Brookhaven National Laboratory.


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    These form a ball of plasma about 300 times hotter than the surface of the Sun

    Holy shit batman! I'd like this thing for my AD&D character

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    For some reason whenever I hear the term black hole I tend to think of Homer Simpson for some reason.

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    Thats really crazy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by smithjc
    For some reason whenever I hear the term black hole I tend to think of Homer Simpson for some reason.
    That's funny. I think of Tyra Banks.
    Oops!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mistere
    That's funny. I think of Tyra Banks.
    Oops!


    Kinda perved out, but funny.

    Or else it's just me and my dirty ol' mind!! I tend to think it's the latter.
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