There’s no cure for cancer, but at least we have this…
Number 4 (#4): Space Fizzle
Firstly, Chris Cornell himself has admitted to the peculiar success of this song, namely because it’s not really about anything. Secondly, to say “black hole sun,” would be both redundant and, in almost all cases, impossible. As far as we’re aware, a black hole leaves no evidence with which to identify any body it has started from or consumed. It eventually evaporates, leaving little else than space fizzle. No memory. No pieces. No sun.
Wormholes seem like they belong in sci-fi, but physicists were actually the first ones to hypothesise their existence. When Einstein published his theory of general relativity in 1916, Austrian physicist Ludwig Flamm realised that if black holes (which suck in matter) could exist, so could white holes (which spew out matter). Einstein and Nathan Rosen built upon the idea, theorising that two different points in space could be connected by space-time shortcut, or “bridge”, with a black hole as the entrance and a white hole as the exit. In theory, they could not only connect two points in our universe but also be a bridge between universes, and would allow you to travel between two points faster than the speed of light. However, wormholes would be highly unstable, existing for an instant and collapsing in on themselves if any matter attempts to pass through. Travelling through would only be possible if the walls could be held apart, and achieving this would require matter with a negative density and a large negative pressure. This hypothetical matter has been dubbed “exotic matter”—but it’s also been suggested that stable wormholes could be constructed using string theory techniques.
Unknown I, lithographic crayon on Dura-Lar, 48” x 30”, 2009
This series of drawings presents the most severe form of isolation as loneliness that is experienced when physically surrounded by other people. This is a specific form of loneliness that is involuntary and imposed upon by others, creating a state of discontent characterized by bitterness and a sense of punishment. The presence of others is what can heighten and intensify the experience of loneliness for an individual. These works depict figure groups wading in an infinite and undefined body of water. I visually portray loneliness as the experience of feeling unseen and unknown within a group.
They don’t seem so special now, do they?
Could there be oceans of diamond in the outer solar system?
Although diamond is a common material on Earth, its melting point is very difficult to measure—as it’s heated to high temperatures, it physically changes into graphite before melting into liquid. In order to stop this change and find the actual melting point of diamond, researchers raised the pressure as well as the temperature. An experiment led by Jon Eggert of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory used the powerful Omega laser to blast tiny diamonds just two millimeters in diameter, raising them to temperatures of 110,000 Kelvin and pressures of 4,000 giga Pascals—40 million times the pressure you feel at sea level on Earth. They found that liquefied diamond acts like water. When they reduced the temperature and pressure again, microscopic diamond chunks formed and floated atop the liquid—the solid was less dense than the liquid, just like ice and water. Such ultrahigh temperatures and pressures are found in Neptune and Uranus on the outskirts of our solar system, which are composed of approximately 10% carbon, so it’s plausible that these huge gas giants could contain oceans of liquid diamond. This could help explain the strange orientation of the planets’ magnetic fields, which are out of alignment with the planets’ rotation by up to 60 degrees—it’s the equivalent of moving Earth’s magnetic south pole to Central Australia. Seas of internal liquid diamond in Neptune and Uranus would affect their magnetic fields and therefore could be responsible for the mismatched poles. Eggert suggests that they could have “liquid carbon core surrounded by floating diamond or possibly ‘diamond-bergs’”, but it’s a speculative scenario.
Jorge Luis Borges
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