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Spiral arms allow school children to weigh black holes

(Royal Astronomical Society) Astronomers from Swinburne University of Technology, Australia, and the University of Minnesota Duluth, USA, have provided a way for armchair astronomers, and even primary school children, to merely look at a spiral galaxy and estimate the mass of its hidden, central black hole. Show More Summary

New Australian Accounting Rule “Aims to Clean up ‘Black Hole'” in P3s (Toll Roads Cited)

The Australian Financial Review reports, “Governments will be forced to bring billions of dollars of infrastructure projects on to balance sheets” under a recently announced accounting standard that becomes effective in January 2019....Show More Summary

Scientists Just Observed An Effect Of Gravity On Tiny Particles For The First Time

Bad news. Humans will probably never explore the area around a black hole, at least while you're alive. That's mostly because most black holes are too far away, and even if we could travel to them, it's unlikely we'd survive their gravitational pull. Show More Summary

Thanks To Australian Scientists, School Kids Can Weigh Black Holes Now

Astronomers from Swinburne University of Technology and the University of Minnesota Duluth in the US have worked out a way for armchair astronomers - and even primary school children - to simply look at a spiral galaxy and estimate the mass of its hidden, central black hole. More »      

Black hole power: How string theory idea could lead to new thermal-energy harvesting tech

Exotic new "semimetal" ushers in age of quantum-inspired materials that skirt some classical limitations of physics

Gravitational waves: Stellar palaeontology

yesterdayAcademics : Nature

A third gravitational-wave signal has been detected with confidence, produced again by the merger of two black holes. The combined data from these detections help to reveal the histories of the stars that left these black holes behi...

StarTalk Radio: "The Water Universe" --The Core of a Galaxy was Recently Discovered To Harbor 140 Trillion Times the Water in Earth's Oceans

We recently reported on an enormous galaxy that at its core contains an equivalent to 140 trillion times all the water in the world's ocean, surrounding a huge, feeding black hole, called a quasar, more than 12 billion light-years away....        

China's First "Black Hole" Space Telescope --"Open to the World's Scientists"

China's Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope (HXMT), named Huiyan (‘Insight’), launched atop a Long March 4B launch vehicle on Thursday, 15 June, is expected to start regular observation in November and its data will be open to scientists around the world....        

22 chic tote bags you won't mind carrying around

The tote bag is easily one of the most imperative accessories any woman can own. Perfect for work, travel, the beach and so much more, your tote is basically a black hole for all of your belongings. Whether you're sick of staring atShow More Summary

Deadly Arizona Flash Flood Created '40-Foot Wide Black Wave'

3 days agoNews : The Two-Way

The victims were all from one Phoenix family, who had been celebrating a birthday alongside a popular swimming hole, unaware that summer thunderstorms had just dropped heavy rains upstream.

The 75,000 Mile Wide Hole In The Sun Could Black Out Earth's Communications

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com, The sunspot spotted by NASA as our sun creeps toward its solar minimum is 75,000 miles wide. That has huge implications for our satellites and communications systems, and the sunspot could cause...Show More Summary

Mattest & Flattest: Blackest Paint You Can Buy Turns Solids into Voids

In a weird ongoing war over the blackest black and pinkest pink in the world, a new contender has hit the market — and unlike Vantablack, anyone can purchase some to make really dark artwork (great for black holes!). Stuart Semple’s blackest salvo to date in this pigment war is Black 2.0, which can create …

Who’s the Sexiest Shakespeare Ever?

The new TNT drama Will tackles William Shakespeare’s “lost years” — the historical black hole when a 20-something Bard lived in Stratford-upon-Avon to the point where he reemerged in the London theater scene about seven years later. But more importantly, the ads of a smizing Laurie Davidson say it all: This ... More »

When is a black hole not a black hole? When it’s a boson star

Astronomers are confident they know what the mysterious massive object at the Milky Way’s heart is – but our first direct view this year could bring a shock

Black holes and the curse of beauty: When revolutionary physicists turn conservative

This is my latest monthly column for 3 Quarks Daily. On September 1, 1939, the leading journal of physics in the United States, Physical Review, carried two remarkable papers. One was by a young professor of physics at Princeton University named John Wheeler and his mentor Niels Bohr. Show More Summary

October the 6th be with you (because that's when Star Wars Battlefront II gets a beta)

The last quarter of 2017 will be an inescapable black hole of Star Wars. Mimicking 2015, there's a major motion picture in December, and a Battlefront game in November. (Actually, the game releases on the same day, November 17.) And,...Show More Summary

StarTalk Radio With Neil deGrasse Tyson --Conspiracy Theories & Black Holes

This StarTalk episode is bursting with conspiracy theories and strange hypotheses, but that doesn’t stop astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson from dropping some serious science. You’ll learn why the government isn’t secretly using HAARP to manipulate weather and why we shouldn’t...        

Jonathan Capehart WaPo Op-Ed: Trump’s Poland Speech A ‘White-Nationalist Dog Whistle’

last weekNews : Mediaite

So, when a republican says things like "urban" or "black hole", people with ultra-keen senses like Chris Matthews can hear the "dog whistle" and inform us that they are really just saying they hate black people.

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