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Fabio Pacucci discusses Black Holes on TED-Ed talks

September 20, 2018

"To end this short story, it is worth mentioning that now there is even an institute dedicated exclusively to the study of these objects, the Black Hole Initiative (BHI) at Harvard University. The BHI is an interdisciplinary center involving a collaboration between scientists from the fields of Astronomy, Physics, Mathematics and Philosophy, the first center worldwide to focus on the study of black holes: not bad for a space oddity."

- Fabio Pacucci

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Sept 4 Colloquium Discussion

Fall 2018 Colloquium Series Begins

September 4, 2018

The Fall 2018 BHI Colloquium Series began on Tuesday, September 4. Senior researchers, visiting scholars, and graduate students gathered for lunch and a lively discussion of their summer research seasons. BHI Director Abraham Loeb hosted the conversation, as participants summarized recent work. Multiple disciplines were included, particularly Astronomy, Mathematics, and Philosophy, allowing for cross-pollenization of ideas within the BHI community.

The Fall series is nearly booked, with speakers from across the region. Several international scholars are...

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Vote for the EHT!

VOTE for the EHT: SXSW 2019 Conference Panel Picker Now Open!

August 6, 2018

Voting opens today for the SXSW 2019 Conference Panel Picker and the Event Horizon Telescope team needs your vote! Click on the EHT link and vote today to help select this panel presentation for one of the coveted slots on the March 2019 conference roster. Voting ends August 30, 2018.

The EHT team will be introducing the audience to a number of key takeaways for this panel presentation, including...

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BHI Essay Competition: Deadline Extended to September 1, 2018

July 26, 2018

The BHI has announced a deadline extension for the Black Hole Essay Competition to Sept. 1, 2018. Scientists, researchers, students, and writers are invited to submit 1,500 word essays that explore the intersection of Astronomy, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, and History, and successfully engage a non-expert audience.

The $10,000 First Prize will include the opportunity to publish the winning article in Nautilus, a leading online and print magazine that blends science, culture, and philosophy. Second,...

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Rocky planets

Black hole blasts may transform ‘mini-Neptunes’ into rocky worlds

February 28, 2018

BHI Director, Avi Loeb and Collaborator, John Forbes are featured in the Harvard Gazette highlighting a collaboration with Howard Chen from Northwestern University on research predicting that Neptune-like planets located near the center of the Milky Way were transformed into rocky planets by outbursts generated by the nearby supermassive black hole.

 

February 27, 2018

Link: https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2018/02...

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