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March 17, 2005

Lab fireball 'may be black hole'

The BBC reports that:

A fireball created in a US particle accelerator has the characteristics of a black hole, a physicist has said.

It was generated at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) in New York, US, which smashes beams of gold nuclei together at near light speeds.

Horatiu Nastase says his calculations show that the core of the fireball has a striking similarity to a black hole.

His work has been published on the pre-print website and is reported in New Scientist magazine.

In the Star Trek universe, artificial quantum singularities serve as the primary power source for large Romulan spacecraft.

The accelerator where the fireball was created is located in New York -- the very same state where "neocon" Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Cornell University.

The obvious conclusion is that the neocons are planning to build a Romulan "warbird-class" starship, the better to advance the American imperium throughout the galaxy.