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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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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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ESA’s new challenge seeks innovations for future space missions

ESA’s new challenge seeks innovations for future space missions

The European Space Agency has announced the Metalysis-ESA Grand Challenge, a new competition seeking innovation for future space missions. The space agency is offering 500,000 Euros as rewards for European innovations that focus on the lunar surface and how it could help humanity move toward a more sustainable, long-term future in space -- both on the moon and beyond.

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Sue T. Rex leftovers yield new Galaga creature

Sue T. Rex leftovers yield new Galaga creature

With teeth the shape of the Galaga video game spaceship, a new creature was found and named as such. Found in the dust left over after uncovering the most complete tyrannosaurus rex ever (Sue), this Galagadon was a shark - but a very, very tiny shark indeed. Each one of this shark's teeth (those found here) were only a millimeter wide - super tiny!

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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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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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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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How to watch the super blood wolf moon lunar eclipse this weekend

How to watch the super blood wolf moon lunar eclipse this weekend

This weekend will bring the super blood wolf moon lunar eclipse, the last total lunar eclipse until 2021. The event will be visible throughout North America, assuming the weather doesn't block the view. People unable to see the event due to cloud cover, an unwillingness to go out into cold weather, or simply being in the wrong location will still have the opportunity to watch the eclipse live.

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Robotics help 290-million-year-old fossil walk again

Robotics help 290-million-year-old fossil walk again

So you'd like to see a 290-million-year-old creature walk the earth here in the year 2019, would you? You're in luck, because that happened. You're about to see the work of evolutionary biologist John Nyakatura at Humboldt University in Berlin. He teamed up with robotics expert Kamilo Melo at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne to map and recreate the look of an ancient animal by the name of Orabates pabsti.

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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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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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