Black hole in Milky Way devours planetoids

Every day flashes, observed near the supermassive black hole (SMBH) in the Milky Way, are caused by planetoids being devoured by the black hole. Professor Simon Portegies Zwart and his research graduate Adrian Hamers have recently established this by calculating precisely the orbital evolution of the planetoids close to the black hole. Publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Tolkien and fiction-based religions

Markus Altena Davidsen’s PhD dissertation is the first major study of Tolkien Religion. In it, he analyses the religion that is based on the stories by acclaimed British fantasy author J.R.R. Tolkien. He also discusses how fiction itself can become religious. Davidsen will defend his dissertation on 16 October.