Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Blackholes are like custard

Custard is an interesting substance. It's normally thought of as a liquid but it actually behaves like both a liquid and a solid at the same time. That is to say, under normal circumstances it acts like a liquid but as soon as you place any pressure on it it becomes solid. A great example of this property is this video where a man is able to walk on custard thanks to this property:


Now, recent theoretical models of blackholes in six dimensions have found that they form something called branes, which, interestingly enough, behave like both a fluid and a solid at the same time. And the really interesting thing is that, while the models are theoretical, they've been found to accurately predict the behaviour of something else called quark-gluon plasma (and I will pretend I know what that is).

So, to recap, custard behaves like a fluid and a solid and so do blackholes. Therefore blackholes are like custard. That's the only conclusion to be drawn from this fascinating new piece of research

DISCLAIMER: Conclusions drawn solely by George Potter. Conclusions may not be based on actual scientific knowledge, common sense or sanity.

1 comment:

  1. That brainiac 'experiment' is VERY funny. On a serious note that property of non-newtonian fluids is the reason why quick-sands trap people.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjSYzT3CUnA

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