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Notes from the Firewall

Notes from the Firewall

Perhaps you've been hearing rumblings in the ether about physicists wrangling over black holes and something called a firewall: namely, that we should question our longstanding assumption that someone who crosses the event horizon of a black hole won't notice anything amiss until they near the singularity -- at which point they will experience what Caltech physicist Kip Thorne once dubbed "spaghettification."So if we aren't going to be spaghettified when we fall into the black hole, what will happen instead?

December 21, 2012 — Jennifer Ouellette
A Natural History of Mistletoe

A Natural History of Mistletoe

Mistletoe is frequently spotted hanging above lovers' heads in terrible holiday specials--but only during one month of the year. That makes it easy to forget that more than 1,300 species hang in forests year-round, parasitizing thousands of tree species around the world.

December 21, 2012 — Hannah Waters
The Banana That Gave Its All for Science [Video]

The Banana That Gave Its All for Science [Video]

[caption id="attachment_884" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Sarah Ann Anderson (left), Mariette DiChristina and banana get ready to do some science during a Google Hangout with Girlstart and the Google Science Fair.

STAFFDecember 21, 2012 — Mariette DiChristina
Khalil s Picks (21 December 2012)

Khalil s Picks (21 December 2012)

Welcome to the end-of-the-world edition of Picks which does not highlight any articles about the end of the world. Go figure. What this week’s picks do highlight is unsurprisingly much cooler (and at times more serious).

STAFFDecember 21, 2012 — Khalil A. Cassimally

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