"Light Echoes" Prove That This Neutron Star is Weirdly Like a Black Hole

Between rainbows, rings, and sharp, hard lines, it’s difficult to not clap my hands in glee while unpacking the levels of awesome crammed in this X-ray image of Circinus X-1. The beautiful bullseye light echoes hint this neutron star is farther, brighter, and more like a black hole than we thought. » 6/25/15 10:00pm 6/25/15 10:00pm

Stellar Carnage as Neutron Stars Collide

When two neutron stars collide, they viciously shred each other before merging into a black hole punctuated by a gamma ray burst. A new supercomputer simulation sets a mismatched pair of neutron stars in a death-spiral to investigate the process. The merger completes in seconds, ringed by a halo of diffuse gas. » 5/13/14 2:15pm 5/13/14 2:15pm

Don't Remake These Movies, Film These Books Instead!

Hollywood's addiction to remakes and reboots continues unabated, with dozens of films in development. And meanwhile, bookshelves are straining with hundreds of original, thrilling novels that have never been adapted to the screen. Here's a second dose of our list of books that should be adapted instead of yet another… » 9/27/13 3:16pm 9/27/13 3:16pm

Major Hints About Iron Man 3, Jurassic Park 4, Ninja Turtles and Doctor…

There's another report out about how Benedict Cumberbatch's villain in Star Trek Into Darkness isn't who you think it is... and by that, I mean he's exactly who you think he is. Guillermo del Toro dreams of Pacific Rim's robots taking on Godzilla. Looper's Rian Johnson is going cyberpunk. Aaron Eckhart discusses his… » 4/05/13 6:00am 4/05/13 6:00am

Physicists propose a new theory about what would really happen if you…

If a new theory about black holes turns out to be true, then we're going to have to stop making fun of the final sequence in classic cheeseball flick The Black Hole (helpfully excerpted above). You might just light on fire. Jennifer Ouellette has just published an amazing piece on this "wall of fire" theory on the… » 12/24/12 2:03pm 12/24/12 2:03pm