Black Holes, Poop Pills, And More Of The Week's Most Surprising New Studies
For decades, physicists have accepted the conventional wisdom that black holes are "bald." (It's probably genetic.) Now, brand-new research suggests that black holes actually have "hair," which will make it easier for researchers to tell them apart.
Turns out a head of hair for a black hole isn't, for example, like having bangs. For black holes, "hair" is a detailed feature of the hole which reveals what kind of matter has sunk into it — and until now, physicists believed that they were all "bald" and lacked any distinctive features at all. The collaborative study utilized work from six separate international universities, and concludes that, much like Prince William, black holes' baldness had been vastly overstated and there is some hair to be found.