Is the human brain really the most complex object in the universe?

The Crescent Nebula: more complex than the human brain? Reinhold Wittich/Stocktrek Images/Alamy BACK in 2012, neuroscientist Christof Koch wrote in his book Consciousness: Confessions of a romantic reductionist that the human brain is “the most complex object in the known universe”. Given that there are about 86 billion neurons in a brain, connected up in ways … Read more

Monster black hole powers the brightest known object in the universe

Artist’s impression of the record-breaking quasar J0529-4351 ESO/M. Kornmesser A quasar 500 trillion times brighter than the sun has taken the title of the brightest known object in the universe. It appears to be powered by a supermassive black hole that is devouring a sun-sized amount of mass every day. Quasars are galactic cores where … Read more

Strange Object Described as Dracula’s Sandwich Could Represent a New Kind of Baby Star : ScienceAlert

Space, it seems, is teeming not with stars and galaxies but with delicious cosmic snacks. A new object in the Milky Way discovered by a team of astronomers led by Ciprian Berghea of the US Naval Observatory has been given the nickname Dracula’s Chivito, after the meat-laden sandwich that is the national dish of Uruguay. … Read more

Mysterious object may be the lightest black hole we’ve ever seen

An artist’s impression of a pulsar orbiting a black hole – one possible interpretation of the mysterious binary system Daniëlle Futselaar (artsource.nl) A strange object about 40,000 light years away is either the heaviest neutron star or the lightest black hole we have ever seen, sitting in a mysterious void of objects that astronomers have … Read more

Mystery Object in Space Could Be The Lightest Black Hole Ever Found : ScienceAlert

There’s something strange on the outskirts of the Milky Way. In a cluster of stars skimming the outer reaches of the galaxy, astronomers have identified something very small, and very dense, locked in an orbital dance with a millisecond pulsar. There are, they say, only two things the mystery object could be – a neutron … Read more

Mysterious object may be the heaviest neutron star ever seen

Neutron stars are the collapsed cores of massive stars www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.adg3005 A strange object about 40,000 light years away is either the heaviest neutron star or the lightest black hole we have ever seen, sitting in a mysterious void of objects that astronomers have never directly observed. A neutron star forms when a star has run … Read more

Bizarre Dark Object Could Be First-Known ‘Empty’ Galaxy from the Early Universe

A galaxy has been discovered that, unlike any other known in the modern universe, seems to be essentially devoid of stars. The galaxy—a floating hunk of dust and gas aimlessly adrift in space, found only thanks to its subtle, serendipitous signature in a radio telescope—is nearly as massive as the Milky Way yet invisible to … Read more