Black holes just got much more complicated thanks to quantum pressure

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Artist's impression of a black hole in space

An artist’s impression of a black hole

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Black holes may have their own exotic version of pressure that is different from the sort found everywhere else in the universe. Calculations of how quantum mechanics affects gravity at the edge of black holes indicate that those regions may have pressure, a finding that was completely unexpected to physicists.

The question of how quantum mechanics and gravity fit together is one of the biggest mysteries in modern physics, and the edge of a black hole is one of the few regions with …

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