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    Black holes are even stranger than you can imagine

    Alister Graham, Swinburne University of Technology  – Our love of black holes continues to grow as our knowledge of these celestial bodies expands. The latest news is the discovery of a rare “middleweight” black hole, a relative newcomer to the black hole family. We already knew that some black holes are just a few times […]

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    There’s a Jet Stream Churning in the Earth’s Core When you hear the term “jet stream,” you probably think of the powerful winds that encircle the Earth, high up in the atmosphere. But now, scientists have used observations by the European Space Agency’s Swarm satellites to identify another sort of jet stream, one that’s made of molten metal instead of air and is […]

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    A Rapidly Spinning Black Hole Was Seen Killing a Distant Star

    Supermassive black holes are known to occupy the cores of the vast majority of galaxies, eating any material — dust, gas, stars, planets, aliens — their host galaxies can provide. But they rarely eat quietly. As graphically demonstrated in a galaxy some 4 billion light-years away, an unfortunate star strayed too close to the rapidly-spinning […]

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    Plants Are Even Smarter Than We Thought

    Can plants learn by forming associations? They can, if you ask researchers from The University of Western Australia (WA), who say they’ve shown for the first time that plants can link events to learn more about their surroundings and use the associations to better their chances of survival. The researchers focused their study on the […]

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    ‘Star in a Jar’ Fusion Reactor Works and Promises Infinite Energy

      For several decades now, scientists from around the world have been pursuing a ridiculously ambitious goal: They hope to develop a nuclear fusion reactor that would generate energy in the same manner as the sun and other stars, but down here on Earth. Incorporated into terrestrial power plants, this “star in a jar” technology […]

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    Where do memories go when we forget? They might just be hiding.

    Nathan Rose lost a few days of his life. Once, when he was 10 years old doing tricks on his BMX bike without a helmet, he crashed and got a concussion. In grad school, a car slammed into him while he rode his bike for triathlon training, helmet on, and sent him flying into the […]

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    Science Finally Confirms That People Absorb Energy From Others

    A biological research team at Bielefeld University has made a groundbreaking discovery showing that plants can draw an alternative source of energy from other plants. This finding could also have a major impact on the future of bioenergy eventually providing the evidence to show that people draw energy from others in much the same way. […]

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    Astronomers spot signs of weird quantum distortion in space

    A simple observation of an extremely dim star may point to, literally, the biggest manifestation of weird quantum phenomena yet. Light from a lonely neutron star 400 light-years away is polarized, just like light reflecting off a pond, a team of astronomers reports. This suggests that, as predicted, the neutron star’s ultraintense magnetic field is […]

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    Air bubbles sink and steel spheres rise in an unusual fluid

    In a liquid, bubbles are supposed to rise and steel is supposed to sink. But engineers have reported exactly the opposite in a water-based mixture that contains a gelling agent known as carbopol, commonly used as a thickener in cosmetics. These “complex fluids” behave like a solid when at rest but can flow like a […]