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A supermassive black hole lit up a collision of two smaller black holes

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 23:41
Astronomers from CalTech have reported that they've observed a collision between two black holes. Normally such an event is invisible, but this time a more massive black hole sitting nearby helped illuminate the other two as they collided. If confirmed, the ...

Over 200 Oregonians Now Reportedly Dead From COVID-19, 250 More Infected

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 22:50
PORTLAND, Ore. – Over 200 Oregonians have now reportedly died from COVID-19. That number today after the state reports 5 new deaths. 3 people lived in Marion County, while the other two lived in Union County and Morrow County. 4 of the people had ...

Why Did This Ancient Marsupial Have Saber Teeth?

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 22:43
The naming of many saber-toothed species—the most famous being the genus Smilodon, or the saber-toothed cat—sounds like a bit of a macabre joke. The pearly grins of these prehistoric predators might have been the last sight of any creatures that got ...

Ancient Maya reservoirs contained toxic pollution: study

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 22:36
The ancient city of Tikal rises above the rainforest in northern Guatemala. Credit: David Lentz/UC. Reservoirs in the heart of an ancient Maya city were so polluted with mercury and algae that the water likely was undrinkable. Researchers from the University of ...

Do We Now Understand Why the Moon's Near and Far Sides Look So Dramatically Different?

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 22:27
The Moon is easily the most well-studied object in the Solar System, (other than Earth, of course.) But it still holds some puzzles for scientists. Why, for instance, is one side of the Moon so different from the other? The Moon is tidally-locked to Earth, so prior to ...

Children of academics exhibit more stress

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 22:19
Date: June 25, 2020; Source: Ruhr-University Bochum; Summary: If the parents have a degree, their children also believe that they have to get one. This can put them under pressure. Share: FULL STORY ...

Unknown currents in Southern Ocean have been observed with help of seals

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 21:54
Date: June 26, 2020; Source: University of Gothenburg; Summary: Using state-of-the-art ocean robots and scientific sensors attached to seals, researchers have for the first time observed small and energetic ocean currents in the Southern Ocean. The currents ...

Facial Reconstruction of a Prehistoric Man Whose Head Was Mounted on a Stake

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 21:40
Left: Facial reconstruction of a Mesolithic man from Sweden. Right: His skull, from which the reconstruction was based. Image: Oscar Nilsson/S. Gummesson et al., 2018. In 2011, Swedish archaeologists found human skulls that had been mounted on stakes at ...

WHOI researcher dives to Challenger Deep (Study)

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 21:33
IMAGE: WHOI scientist Ying-Tsong (Y.T.) Lin emerges from the deep-sea submersible Limiting Factor following his historic dive to the deepest part of the ocean, Challenger Deep, with Caladan Oceanic's Victor Vescovo… view more. Credit: Photo ©Mike ...

Pattern analysis of phylogenetic trees could reveal connections between evolution, ecology (Study)

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 21:31
IMAGE: A simulated phylogenetic tree. Time runs from top to bottom, and nodes represent species, lines represent the mutations in DNA associated with the gene that is being studied. Bifurcations signify… view more. Credit: Nigel Goldenfeld. In biology ...

A lazy robot

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 21:27
Lazy people are slow, but don't spend a lot of energy. Atlanta engineers used these features to design a wildlife observation and climate measurement robot. Published on 24 June 2020 at 12 h 32. Mathieu Perreault La Presse. “SlothBot is based on the ...

Process for 'two-faced' nanomaterials may aid energy, information tech (Study)

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 21:14
IMAGE: Selenium atoms, represented by orange, implant in a monolayer of blue tungsten and yellow sulfur to form a Janus layer. In the background, electron microscopy confirms atomic positions. view more. Credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Dept.

Ocean in Jupiter's moon Europa could hold life, scientists claim

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 21:09
A new model from NASA scientists supports the theory that the interior ocean in Jupiter's moon Europa would be able to sustain life. Their work, which is not yet peer-reviewed, was presented at the virtual 2020 Goldschmidt geochemistry conference.

NASA takes first step to allow computers to decide what to tell us in search for life on Mars (Study)

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 21:02
IMAGE: Artist's impression of the Rosalind Franklin Rover on Mars view more. Credit: photo credit: ESA/ATG medialab. NASA has stepped ...

NRL telescope onboard ESA, NASA SOHO discovers 4000th comet (Study)

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 20:59
IMAGE: Courtesy Photo | The 4,000th comet discovered by ESA (European Space Agency) and NASA's SOHO observatory is seen here in an image from the spacecraft alongside SOHO's 3,999th comet discovery…. view more. Credit: ESA/NASA/SOHO/Karl ...

Spacewalking astronauts tackle battery upgrade at space station

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 20:46
Two NASA astronauts began an epic battery swap in a spacewalk outside the International Space Station Friday (June 26), the first of four excursions to upgrade the outpost. NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy and Bob Behnken, both veteran spacewalkers ...

WNBA 2020 season: What we know about the league's plan for COVID-19 testing and prevention

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 20:37
The 2020 WNBA season is scheduled to begin in late July at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Teams have returned to their facilities for workouts this week, and are expected to travel to Florida on July 6, with the season tipping off on July 24. But while the ...

International collaboration draws new conclusions about 'convergent evolution' of saber-tooth cats

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 20:26
Saber-tooth cats often conjure images of fearsome predators. But of the nearly 100 unique 'types' of saber-tooths that wandered the earth, researchers have determined that was not always the case. Larisa DeSantis, paleontologist and associate professor of ...

Newly classified prehistoric wombat relative was as big as a bear

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 20:24
A new analysis of fossilized bones, unearthed 47 years ago in Australia, indicate that they're from a previously unknown giant prehistoric relative of the wombat. It's so different from other marsupials, however, that it's been placed in a family all of its own.

Tower of God: [SPOILER]'s Villainy Is More Sympathetic Than You Think

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 20:17
WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for Season 1, Episode 13, "Tower of God," of Tower of God, now streaming on Crunchyroll. When Rachel pushes Bam to his (not so) certain doom in Tower of God's penultimate episode, Season 1's true villain ...