Norval Braithwaite

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Astronomers just turned on a planet-size telescope to take a picture of a black hole

Every image you’ve seen of a black hole is an illustration. A giant “virtual” telescope may change that.<p>The closest astronomers have come to directly “seeing” a black hole happened last year, when the LIGO observatory detected the spacetime-warping gravitational waves radiating from a pair of black …

Black Holes

Mexican government says Trump never threatened to send troops to Mexico

The Mexican government on Wednesday vehemently denied reports that President Trump threatened to send American soldiers into Mexico during a phone call with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.<p>Such a threat "did not happen during that call," said a government statement released on Twitter …

Mexico

A Cold War technology designed to make jets fly for days might solve Earth's looming energy crisis

Humanity is in a serious pinch for energy.<p>The world population may balloon to 9 billion people by 2040, up from 7.36 billion in 2016, and researchers …

Olympic Committee decides against banning all Russian athletes from Rio Games

With the 2016 Summer Games drawing near, Olympic leaders now find themselves facing questions — if not outright criticism — over their decision not to ban Russia from the competition.<p>The International Olympic Committee had felt the pressure to take action in response to allegations of systemic …

You Won't Like It, but Here's the Answer on Islamic State

By <b>Peter Van Buren / TomDispatch</b><i>This piece first appeared at TomDispatch. Read Tom Engelhardt’s introduction here.</i><p>How can we stop the Islamic …

Middle East

Mark Zuckerberg said this genius is his favorite scientist

A Scottish mathematical physicist who lived during the 1800s, James Clerk Maxwell is widely considered one of the greatest scientists of the 19th century. He was voted third greatest physicist of all time in the millennium poll of 100 scientists, putting him just behind Albert Einstein and Isaac …