It’s tough to feel warm and fuzzy about an infinitely dense object that holds light hostage, a dead star that would rip your feet from your head if you came within a few thousand miles of it. But it turns out that the bete noires of our universe aren’t so beastly. New research suggests they are triggers for galaxy development – nurturing nannies for star systems. “They’re not just Shiva the Destroyer; they’re Brahma the Creator,” said Scott Hughes, a black hole expert at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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