From Tornados to Black Holes

by Dr. Patrick Hayden

Science

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Another lecture is coming to the Bruce County Museum in the Perimeter Institute Series.  The Lecture runs from 2 to 3 pm

He discusses the ultimate one way street Black Holes in easy to understand terms.

Everyone should take the time to attend these lectures as they are a Canadian Gem and the Museum is lucky to be able to show them to you on Big Screen in a great environment

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04/10/2009 09:03 PM


Black holes are regions of space with gravity so strong that nothing can escape from them, not even light. This isn't science fiction - there's even a gigantic black hole at the center of our galaxy.

It's hard to imagine a more effective way to irrevocably erase and destroy a computer's hard drive than to drop it into a nice big black hole. But is the information on that drive really gone forever? Paradoxically, there's a good chance that not only does the information come back, it comes back in the blink of an eye.

This surprise return of the information is based on the same principles that might someday make reliable quantum computers a reality. In fact, engineers are already exploiting these principles to help distribute software and stream video over the internet. And that's where the tornadoes come in...

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