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There's a theory that a hypermassive black hole spawned our universe

The most accepted theory of the origin of the universe is still the Big Bang. The theory proposes the universe started from a small singularity (the gravitational kind), then began to expand over the succeeding 13.8 billion years. Although this expansion has its own issues, a bigger question …

Black Holes

Scientists make unique discovery: Ammonia detected in Earth's atmosphere above India and China

Ammonia can be a boon for scientists as it may help in predicting climate change and can be used for climate evaluating models.<p>A new study has …

“We’re going out in a blaze of glory” — why NASA is crashing a 20-year-old spacecraft into Saturn

Before it crashes, Cassini may solve one of the greatest mysteries of Saturn’s rings.<p>In the 20 years it’s been in space, the Cassini spacecraft has seen storms on Saturn’s surface, sent a probe down to the planet’s moon Titan, and shown us the eerie beauty of the gas giant’s hexagonal north pole. …

Astronomy

Tonight's "supermoon" will be the largest since 1948

The moon is going to be bigger and brighter than usual on Monday.<p>Tonight, the full moon will appear larger than it has since the 1940s. The moon will appear around 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter compared with the smallest full moons. It will be worth taking a step outside to see this …

Astronomy

World from above

Can you find the photographer in this image from an island off the coast of Norway?<p>Manuel Dietrich caught this image from atop Reinebringen mountain, …

Facebook makes 360 photos much better with one small update

Sharing 360 photos on Facebook is a nifty way to make your friends feel jealous of all your cool vacations, but taking and posting them can be a bit of a pain. But at least a couple of pain points are being addressed today.<p>You can now select the ‘intiial’ view for your photo. It’s a small but very …