This is a huge deal. A professor at the Israel Institute of Technology says that he has created a virtual black hole and has noted Hawking Radiation firsthand! Hawking Radiation is the idea that if a particle and its antiparticle sat at the very edge of a black hole, one particle would be pulled in and the other would escape, which would be the only instance anything could escape a black hole. Professor Jeff Steinhauer excited two particles in a fluid made from "a Bose-Einstein condensate of rubidium-87 atoms."


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