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MeerKAT radio telescope captures clearest image of galaxy’s center

MeerKAT radio telescope captures clearest image of galaxy’s center

A 64-dish radio telescope called MeerKAT has been fired up in Carnarvon, South Africa. In the future, MeerKAT will be part of a larger instrument called Square Kilometer Array (SKA), a massive multi-radio telescope project expected to span about one square kilometer, which is what the SKA name refers to. The project won't be fully operational until the end of the next decade, but will be the most powerful of its kind when that day comes.

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Scientists discover source of high-energy cosmic neutrinos for the first time

Scientists discover source of high-energy cosmic neutrinos for the first time

A group of scientists has for the first time located a source of high-energy neutrinos. Neutrinos are elementary particles that can travel billions of light years across the universe and can pass through stars, planets, and galaxies without being affected. The search for the location of a single neutrino began when it was recorded by the IceCube neutrino telescope at the South Pole.

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Obesity sans other risk factors doesn’t increase mortality rate: study

Obesity sans other risk factors doesn’t increase mortality rate: study

A newly published study reveals that obesity in the absence of other metabolic risk factors does not, by itself, increase the individual's risk of death. The research comes out of York University's Faculty of Health, which found that obesity in the absence of diabetes, high blood pressure, and similar isn't associated with increased mortality. The findings are based on a study covering more than 54,000 adults who had either obesity by itself or obesity with other metabolic risk factors.

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Behold, 3D color X-rays: MARS scanner, made with CERN tech

Behold, 3D color X-rays: MARS scanner, made with CERN tech

This week the folks at MARS Bioimaging revealed the first 3D color X-Ray of the insides of a human body. They've got a device called the MARS large bore spectral scanner, AKA the MARS spectral x-ray scanner - and we're crossing our fingers for a simpler name as the product is further developed, too. This scanner uses an adaptation of technology first used by CERN in the hunt for the God particle.

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Boeing, SpaceX delays have NASA scrambling for crew contingency plan

Boeing, SpaceX delays have NASA scrambling for crew contingency plan

The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a new report detailing the NASA Commercial Crew Program and delays its two contracted companies, Boeing and SpaceX, are experiencing. Both space companies are behind schedule, with the report revealing that NASA anticipates Boeing being slightly closer to completion than SpaceX.

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Scientists say rare black hole-neutron stars could identify rate of universe’s expansion

Scientists say rare black hole-neutron stars could identify rate of universe’s expansion

Scientists say that the universe has been expanding ever since it came into existence about 13.8 billion years ago. As the universe expands the planets, galaxies, and stars have been carried along with it. Scientists have long tried to measure the rate of expansion in the universe.

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Study finds high blood pressure associated with Alzheimer’s disease

Study finds high blood pressure associated with Alzheimer’s disease

A newly published study has linked high blood pressure to brain diseases, including Alzheimer's. Researchers specifically point to blood pressure later in life, finding that patients with higher systolic blood pressure had a greater risk of brain lesions. The study followed 1288 older individuals until their death, at which point their brains were studied.

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Russian Progress resupply mission docks with ISS hours after launch

Russian Progress resupply mission docks with ISS hours after launch

The ISS had a resupply mission recently that lifted off in Kazakhstan atop a Soyuz-2.1a booster. The resupply mission was Progress MS-09. About nine minutes after liftoff, the three-stage rocket released the Progress MS-09 spacecraft to continue its trip to the ISS.

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Scientists find the oldest pigments in the world

Scientists find the oldest pigments in the world

A group of scientists from The Australian National University (ANU) have discovered the oldest colors in the geological record. The pigments they have discovered are 1.1 billion years old and are bright pink. The pigments were extracted from rocks deep under the Sahara Desert in Africa.

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Airbus Mars rover will send samples back to Earth

Airbus Mars rover will send samples back to Earth

The United Kingdom has announced a new deal with Airbus that will have it develop a special Mars rover for the European Space Agency (ESA). Unlike the two rovers NASA currently has operating on Mars, Airbus' rover will be able to ship samples back to Earth, giving scientists physical access to soil and rock dust from the Red Planet. This will mark the first time Mars samples have been delivered to our own planet.

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Sunday meteor fireball was visible over 10 US states

Sunday meteor fireball was visible over 10 US states

If you live in or near the Midwestern United States, you may have noticed a streaking fireball yesterday evening. The blazing line was spotted streaking across the sky by people in ten states, according to witness reports. The brief event was caused by a meteor blasting past a little before sunset, etching a bright line in the dim evening sky.

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NASA’s lost Apollo moon heat probe data: True science is real boring

NASA’s lost Apollo moon heat probe data: True science is real boring

Today we're having a peek at the recovery of recordings of heat data from NASA's Apollo moon missions in 1971 and 1972. A study published just this week explored data from probes installed on our Earth's Moon during those missions, revealing heat sensor data for the first time ever, publicly. The study is at once both engaging and boring, inspiring and entirely unspectacular. Let's talk about why all of this is good.

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