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This artist's impression shows a binary system containing a stellar-mass black hole called IGR J17091-3624, or IGR J17091 for short. The strong gravity of the black hole, on the left, is pulling gas away from a companion star on the right. This gas forms a disk of hot gas around the black hole, and the wind is driven off this disk. Credit: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss

Another way for stellar-mass black holes to grow larger

Scientists at the University of Hong Kong and Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics in Taiwan and Northwestern University in the U.S. come...