Milky Way's 'Lurking, Dormant Monster' --"Our Central Black Hole Currently Fails to Outshine a Single Star"

 

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Like a massive, dormant volcano, the Milky Way's central black hole appears to be a sleeping monster. Black holes are regions of spacetime where gravity is so strong that “what goes into them does not come out,” says Avery Broderick, a faculty member at the Perimeter Institute. As the name implies, black holes are intrinsically dark, with no light or matter able to escape once they have passed the threshold of no return known as the event horizon. But as black holes feast on the surrounding gas and stars, their accretion disks can shine and produce extraordinary energy. They can even outshine their host galaxies.

 

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NASA/Hubble: "For Far-Future Milky Way Civilizations Evidence of Big Bang and Evolution Will be Erased"



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NASA's Hubble researchers say that future Earths are more likely to appear inside giant galaxy clusters (such as the massive cluster galaxy-cluster-macs-j0717 above) and also in dwarf galaxies, which have yet to use up all their gas for building stars and accompanying planetary systems. By contrast, our Milky Way galaxy has used up much more of the gas available for future star formation.

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A First: Israeli Scientists "Have Used the Human Mind to Control Nano Robots Inside a Living Creature"

 

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Researchers at Bar Ilan University and the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, both in Israel, have developed new technology that allows tiny bots to release drugs into the body controlled by human thought alone. The test involved a man using his thoughts to activate nano robots inside a cockroach.

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World's Scientists: "Human Consciousness Will Remain a Mystery"

 

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Sir Roger Penrose, a mathematical physicist at Oxford University, has asked "what right do we have to claim, as some might, that human beings are the only inhabitants of our planet blessed with an actual ability to be "aware"? It is hard to see how one could begin to develop a quantum-theoretical description of brain action when one might well have to regard the brain as "observing itself" all the time! Beneath all this technicality is the feeling that it is indeed "obvious" that the conscious mind cannot work like a computer, even though much of what is involved in mental activity might do so.

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New Discovery: Milky-Way-Size 'Blob' Galaxy Made of Dark Matter --"We Have No Idea How It Could Have Formed"



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“Very soon after its discovery, we realized this galaxy had to be more than meets the eye. It has so few stars that it would quickly be ripped apart unless something was holding it together,” said Yale University astronomer Pieter van Dokkum.

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ESO's Discovery of 'Mystery Planet' Orbiting Nearby Star Proxima Centauri --"Could Prove to Be Twice the Age of Earth and Harbor Intelligent Life"

 

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“Red dwarfs – the dim bulbs of the cosmos – have received scant attention by SETI scientists in the past,” said Jon Richard, of SETI, a private, non-profit organization which stands for Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. “That’s because researchers made the seemingly reasonable assumption that other intelligent species would be on planets orbiting stars similar to the sun.”

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Obscure Cosmic Radio Phenomenon --"May Unveil Unexplained Existence of Dark Matter"

 

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"The echoing of FRBs is a very direct probe of dark matter," Munoz said. "While gravitational waves might 'indicate' that dark matter is made of black holes, there are other ways to produce very-massive black holes with regular astrophysics, so it would be hard to convince oneself that we are detecting dark matter. However, gravitational lensing of fast radio bursts has a very unique signature, with no other astrophysical phenomenon that could reproduce it."

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NEWS ALERT! ESO Unveils 'Clear Evidence' of Earth-Like Planet in Habitable Zone Orbiting Proxima Centauri --"Only 4.25 Light-Years Away"

 

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Astronomers using European Southern Observatory (ESO) telescopes and other facilities have found clear evidence of a planet orbiting the closest star to Earth, Proxima Centauri. The long-sought world, designated Proxima b, orbits its cool red parent star every 11 days and has a temperature suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface. This rocky world is a little more massive than the Earth and is the closest exoplanet to us -- and it may also be the closest possible abode for life outside the Solar System. 

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China Unveils Plans for a Manned Radar Station on the Moon --"Leading Space Scientists Have Joined the Project"

 

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The Chinese government has unveiled plans to build a permanently manned radar station on the moon to monitor Earth. The project was launched earlier this year and received funding from the National Natural Science Foundation of China. The proposed facility, which may include quarters for astronauts and a powerful radar antenna array at least 50 meters high, could monitor wider areas of our planet than existing satellites, according to scientists involved in the study.

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Scientists Reprogram Brain With a Beam of Light --"Human Brain is Plastic, Not Hardwired"

 

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Neurons that fire together wire together, say scientists at Columbia University, suggesting that the three-pound computer in our heads may be more malleable than we think. Their findings suggest that groups of activated neurons may form the basic building blocks of learning and memory.

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