Scientists think they've figured out how to travel through a black hole (but it'd probably still kill you)

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Aug 8, 2016

Black holes are one of the most fascinating miracles in nature, and hold the potential promise of hopping across (or between) universes. There’s just one problem — we don’t exactly know how to actually survive traveling through a wormhole. Until now. Maybe.

A new study by researchers at the Institute of Corpuscular Physics seems to indicate a person could actually survive the trip through a black hole with their cells intact, and come out on the other side ... wherever that is. But, yeah, it would still almost certainly kill you.

Put simply (or as simply as possible): The theory treats a black hole like a crystal-like structure, and the singularity as a geometric defect. That’s important, because the gravitational singularity of a black hole is a place where the laws of physics pretty much go out the window, as time and space stretch. As io9 notes, this model has allowed researchers to define the center of a black hole as a “tiny, spherical surface.” 

So, why is that important? Because under this model you could enter the wormhole — you’ll just go through “spaghettification” in the process, meaning the gravitational forces will squish you into a tiny piece of human spaghetti. But here’s the good news: Researchers believe that once you passed through the wormhole, you would “bounce” back to your normal size, essentially put back together. Except for the fact that being torn apart and put back together would almost certainly kill you, and you would essentially be a re-assembled corpse. 

But you could be a reassembled corpse in a mysterious, other universe!

(Via R&I World, io9)