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Enormous beam found streaming from black hole in distant galaxy

Imagine spotting the laser beam from the fictitious Death Star of “Star Wars” fame as you scan a distant galaxy.<p>That comes close to what an international team saw as they surveyed the Pictor A galaxy. Not only did they find a supermassive black hole in the galaxy about 500 million light years away …

A small asteroid will fly by Earth on March 5 — here's what you need to know

As part Apollo group this 30 meter (100 ft) rock is one of many Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) that periodically crosses Earth's orbit and passes close to our planet.<p>A few years ago, it did just that, flying by our planet at a safe distance of about 2 million km (1.3 million miles).<p>And according to …

Was Einstein right? Ripples in space-time may have been found

Are the rumors true? Whispers about a possible detection of actual ripples in space-time have been swirling for weeks, and on Thursday, the world may …

Could mini black holes power Earth? Stephen Hawking thinks so

Quick, what's the best way to provide an alternative source of energy for the Earth?<p>If you answered, "Get a mini black hole to orbit Earth," then you …

Black Holes

Scientists locate the part of the brain where sighs are made

Your life depends on your ability to sigh.<p>Yes, we sigh when we're exhausted or stressed -- and when the weight of the world feels like too much to bear -- but it turns out that sighing is also an essential life-sustaining reflex that is necessary to keep our lungs from collapsing.<p>This week …

NASA’s new space tourism posters are spellbinding

The project was a bit of a dream come true for Don Clark, who started Invisible Creature with his brother Ryan Clark in 2006. "We, of course, were ecstatic, just because our grandfather was an illustrator at NASA for 30 years, and so this is kind of our first NASA project," Clark tells <i>The …

Former Texas prosecutor disbarred for sending innocent man to death row

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A Texas legal panel voted on Monday to disbar a former prosecutor for sending an innocent man to death row by presenting tainted testimony and making false statements that undermined the defendant’s alibi.<p>The Board of Disciplinary Appeals appointed by the Texas Supreme …

Indian bus driver 'killed by meteorite strike'

Tamil Nadu chief minister says man named as Kamaraj killed by meteorite<p>As a bus driver in India, avoiding fast oncoming danger was his trade.<p>But there was nothing V. Kamaraj could do when, as he washed his face at the outdoor water tank on his daily lunch break, he become the first person in modern …

13 Travel Photographers Who You Should Be Following On Instagram

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Amazing Video Reveals Why Roaches Are So Hard to Squish

Science & InnovationGory Details<p>Have you ever stomped a roach, just to have it skitter away unscathed?* Or seen one disappear into an impossibly small crack?<p>Now scientists have figured out how they do that, and the results are terrifying.<p>The American cockroach (<i>Periplaneta americana</i>, aka “the big …

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Starbucks Releases 3 New Valentine's Day Drinks You Can Only Get This Week

A whole lotta molten chocolate love.<p>If you're anything like me, the relationship you have with Starbucks is one of the most dependable things you have going in your life. Starbucks knows this and wants to treat you to something sweet this Valentine's Day.<p>Starting today, and only through Valentine's …

Dessert

Gas station canopy collapses in Torrance; at least 1 person injured

The canopy at a South Bay gas station collapsed Monday afternoon, trapping vehicles that were parked next to the pumps.<p>The awning at the Chevron station in the 3900 block of Artesia Boulevard fell about 3 p.m., Torrance fire Capt. Seve Deuel said.<p>Two workers were atop the canopy's roof, surveying …