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Scientists discover star-swallowing black hole

Scientists discover star-swallowing black hole

A Johns Hopkins University-led group of international astrophysicists have just published a new report in the journal Science about the first ever witnessing of a star being swallowed by a black hole. The scientists monitored the event, describing a star that was about the size of our sun, getting pulled from its course by the massive black hole's gravitational pull, and then being swallowed whole.

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Scientists say 2015 will likely be “Warmest on Record”

Scientists say 2015 will likely be “Warmest on Record”

Global Warming isn't so much an opinion when it comes to the World Meteorological Organization. They've said this week that the global average surface temperature of our Earth this year is "likely to be the warmest on record." They're suggesting that this is because of a combination of human-induced global warming as well as a strong El Niño, and say that we'll be reaching a "significant milestone" of 1° Celsius above the pre-industrial era. This is not great news.

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Tech tattoos put a working circuit board on your skin

Tech tattoos put a working circuit board on your skin

Technology-imbued tattoos have been discussed many a times over the last year, but now, Chaotic Moon Studios, a creative technology start-up, has taken another step towards making them feasible. Dubbed "Tech Tats," the temporary tattoos use LED lights, a micro-controller, and conductive inks to create a circuit board on the surface of the skin. While they certainly look cool, Chaotic Moon imagines Tech Tats as being much more than cosmetic, from serving as a new form of wearable to playing a part in medical applications.

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Report: ocean dead zones tied to abrupt warming

Report: ocean dead zones tied to abrupt warming

The ocean is full of so-called dead zones — that is, areas where low oxygen levels resulted in a lack of marine life. A new study from the National Science Foundation points toward “abrupt ocean warming” and the formation of these dead zones, a clear tie between the two that has thus far been lacking. These historical warming periods happened about 14,700 and 11,500 years ago in the North Pacific, and raises concerns that warming ocean temperatures could cause dead zones to expand in the future.

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“Cyborg rose” gives a whole new meaning to flower power

“Cyborg rose” gives a whole new meaning to flower power

Forget about vicious, man killing humanoid cyborgs of the future. We might have more peaceful, more beneficial cyborg plants sooner. Researchers at Sweden's Linkoping University have successfully introduced circuitry into a rose's vascular system, opening the doors to new ways to study plants' biological systems as well as possibly derive energy from them as well. Soon, the term "power plant" might have a literal meaning, allowing humans to derive electrical power from an, again almost literal, green energy source. Thankfully, there's less chance to turn these cyborg plants into weapons of destruction.

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FDA on genetically-modified salmon: safe to eat, no labels needed

FDA on genetically-modified salmon: safe to eat, no labels needed

The FDA has approved genetically-modified salmon, making this the first time the agency has approved a GM animal for human consumption. The modified fish is “AquAdvantage salmon,” a type of Atlantic salmon that grows faster than regular non-GM salmon while consuming less food. Genetically-modified food has been the source of ample controversy, with some arguing that it is a threat to the environment, less healthy, and other alarmist claims.

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Swiss farmer finds massive cache of ancient Roman coins

Swiss farmer finds massive cache of ancient Roman coins

A farmer in Switzerland has discovered a priceless cache of ancient Roman coins, the total of which exceeds 4,000 coins. The coins were located in a farmer’s vegetable and fruit orchard in Ueken, and they collectively weigh about 33lbs. According to the farmer, he caught sight of one of the coins on a molehill and, after realizing what he’d found, got in contact with a local archaeological service.

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MIT construction uncovers time capsule intended for 2957 A.D.

MIT construction uncovers time capsule intended for 2957 A.D.

MIT made a fun announcement recently — during construction, a team happened across an object within the ground that looked out of place. Once it was removed, the institute’s Office of Environmental Health and Safety evaluated the item and declared it safe, revealing what it is to the public: a time capsule from the mid-50s that isn’t supposed to be opened until the year 2957. Unlike some time capsules buried during that time period, this one was well constructed and held up very well over the decades.

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Songbirds filmed tap dancing super fast before mating for life

Songbirds filmed tap dancing super fast before mating for life

In a set of motions far too fast to be captured by traditional cameras, the blue-capped cordonbleu has been found to "tap dance" their way into each others hearts. Or at least in a mating ritual that, before now, we humans didn't even realize existed. In the video you're about to see, researchers have captured one bird's mating ritual of not just dancing, but singing too - and waving around a twig in full-on performance for its mate, another of its kind. It's time to get busy.

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Astronaut Scott Kelly photographs a UFO

Astronaut Scott Kelly photographs a UFO

Astronaut Scott Kelly has photographed and shared an image of an unidentified flying object - in the most rudimentary sense of the term. One of the many photos shared by the man that's spending a year in space has appeared with a bright shiny light in its upper right-hand quadrant, without instant explanation - prompting every big-haired UFO theory maniac to suspect that he's hiding something! Does this photograph prove there's alien life hovering above our Earth right this minute? No, not really.

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Nearby galaxy discovered to have most dark matter ever known

Nearby galaxy discovered to have most dark matter ever known

In studying Triangulum II, a dwarf galaxy nearby the Milky Way, researchers from CalTech have come to realize that it has the largest concentration of dark matter ever known. It wasn't obvious at first, seeing as how dark matter is invisible to both eyes and instruments, but the realization came when they went to measure its mass, finding that it was much, much denser than it should've been for having so few stars.

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