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New information surfaces on black hole at the center of our galaxy

New information surfaces on black hole at the center of our galaxy

Astronomers have announced that they have gathered new data on the black hole that lies at the center of our galaxy. The new information was gleaned when the scientists added the ALMA telescope into the array of telescopes being used to study the black hole. The discovery has found that the emissions from the supermassive black hole, called Sagittarius A (Sgr A), comes from a smaller region than previously believed.

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Tesla lowers Supercharger pricing amid owner backlash

Tesla lowers Supercharger pricing amid owner backlash

Tesla previously offered buyers who bought a Model S EV free supercharging for life, then stopped doing that and began to charge owners. Tesla fans were unhappy with that move, and then Tesla angered the users again this week when it announced that it would be increasing Supercharger pricing. Prices in the US rose from 24 cents per kWh to 32 cents per kWh for about a 33% increase in some markets.

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Meteorite impact spied on the moon during a total lunar eclipse

Meteorite impact spied on the moon during a total lunar eclipse

The biggest news in astronomy and space fanatic circles over the last week or so has been the total lunar eclipse that happened recently. The eclipse was visible in many parts of the world, and for those that couldn't see it in person, a live stream of the eclipse was put online. During the eclipse, an eagle-eyed observer viewing the moon through binoculars noticed something interesting.

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Strange Orbits of distant objects in our solar system might have nothing to do with Planet Nine

Strange Orbits of distant objects in our solar system might have nothing to do with Planet Nine

Researchers have theorized that far away from us in our solar system there might be a mysterious planet, dubbed Planet 9, orbiting. One of the things that some scientists have used to support the theory of Planet 9 is the odd orbits of some small objects in our distant solar system. Cambridge University researchers working with scientists from the American University of Beirut have a new theory.

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VUHL 055R track car is coming to America

VUHL 055R track car is coming to America

We have a very fond place in our car guy and gal hearts for epic cars that are meant solely for use on the race track. One of the slick breeds of track day rides is the VUHL 05RR that was developed in the UK specifically for a Mexican startup company about six years ago. The result is a very cool car that has no windshield or roof.

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Facebook is building observatories possibly for laser communications

Facebook is building observatories possibly for laser communications

Facebook has been in the news frequently of late for privacy issues that make people wary of the social networking giant. Facebook is doing something very cool with a pair of new observatories that are being built on Mount Wilson in California. These won't be used to house giant telescopes that scan the skies for science.

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Two fish species can survive in areas of the Gulf of California with little oxygen

Two fish species can survive in areas of the Gulf of California with little oxygen

Scientists from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute have discovered two species of fish that can thrive in waters that are nearly devoid of oxygen. The two fish species are catsharks and cusk eels. The researchers found high abundances of fish living in deep Gulf of California waters with almost no dissolved oxygen.

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First 2020 Shelby GT500 Raises $1.1M at auction for diabetes research

First 2020 Shelby GT500 Raises $1.1M at auction for diabetes research

Not long ago Ford pulled the wraps off the incredible Shelby GT500 Mustang packing over 700hp, and fans were thrilled. As has been its way for several major car launches, Ford took the very first production 2020 GT500 and ran it across the auction block. The car had no reserve and was going to the highest bidder.

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Lab-grown human blood vessels could advance research of vascular disease

Lab-grown human blood vessels could advance research of vascular disease

Scientists have announced a breakthrough in medical technology with the ability to grow what they are calling perfect human blood vessels as organoids in a petri dish. An organoid is a 3D structure that is grown from stem cells that mimics an organ and can be used to study aspects of that organ in a petri dish. The scientists say that this breakthrough could be key to advancing research of vascular diseases like diabetes.

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MIT researchers develop a new, faster 3D brain imaging technique

MIT researchers develop a new, faster 3D brain imaging technique

Researchers from MIT have announced that they have developed a new way to image the brain with "unprecedented resolution and speed." The technique allows the location of individual neurons, the tracing of connections between them, and the visualization of organelles inside the neurons over large volumes of brain tissue. The tech combines a method for expanding brain tissue to make it possible to image the tissue at higher resolutions and a 3D microscopy technique called lattice light-sheet microscopy.

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Nissan Altima-te AWD has massively flared fenders over tank-like tracks

Nissan Altima-te AWD has massively flared fenders over tank-like tracks

Nissan has announced a new member of the "warrior" family of vehicles that replaces wheels for tank-like treads to get around in the snow and on just about any other surface. The new ride is called the Altima-te AWD, and it will make the rounds at Canadian auto shows starting with its debut in Montreal. The most noticeable feature of the car is the massively flared fenders that are 7-inches wide in the front and rear to cover the treads.

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Cassini data shows that Saturns rings formed when the dinosaurs roamed

Cassini data shows that Saturns rings formed when the dinosaurs roamed

NASA's Cassini spacecraft had a long and successful mission that spanned a couple of decades. Cassini gathered lots of data about the solar system on its way to crash into Saturn and end its mission back in 2017. Cassini may be gone, but scientists are still working through the data the spacecraft gathered over its mission.

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