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.
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.
People often think that smoking cannabis makes them more creative. However, research by Leiden psychologists Lorenza Colzato and Mikael Kowal shows that the opposite is true. They published their findings on 7 October in Psychopharmacology.