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Milky Way’s black hole is more active!

The black hole at the Milky Way’s heart recently blasted out 10 times its normal rate of X-ray flares. Is it due to the close passage of a …

Low-key chase lets whale sharks gulp tiny prey

Whale sharks—the largest of the fish—eat truly tiny prey: krill and plankton. To dive to great depths for a good meal, they’ve evolved ways of …

Are We Alone? Survey Finds No Sign of Advanced Alien Civilizations

Space<p>Nearby galaxies in our universe show no signs of advanced alien civilizations — at least for now.<p>A new study that examined the most promising galaxies we can see out of a collection of 100,000 found no signs of the waste energy that such alien civilizations might generate, showing that they're …

Dinosaur Discovered 'Down Under' Sported 10-Inch Claws

Environment<p>The largest meat-eating dinosaur ever discovered in Australia had sickle-shaped claws the size of chef's knives, a daunting feature that likely made up for its fairly delicate jaws and small teeth, a new study finds.<p>The dinosaur's 10-inch-long claws likely helped it hunt, said study lead …

Wales

Europa Or Bust: Searching For Life In Jupiter's Orbit

The ocean-filled moon might hold the life we’ve long searched for in space. And scientists have one shot to reach it.<p>The search for alien life has recently taken a surprise twist away from Mars and toward Europa, an ice ball of a moon in orbit around Jupiter. To understand why, you just need to …

Astronomy

Why Isis fights | Martin Chulov

Jihadi fighters in Iraq and Syria reveal the apocalyptic motivations of the militant movement that has hijacked the Syrian uprising – and transformed the Middle East<p>For more than a century, Dabiq was one of northern Syria’s forsaken villages, a speck on a vast agricultural plain between the Turkish …

War

Why does ice cream give you ‘brain freeze’?

Delicious frozen desserts come with a sting in their tail. But why?<p>One of the most mind-numbing types of headache comes from one of the greatest desserts ever invented. By some estimates, as many as one in three people suffer from “ice cream headaches” or “brain freeze,” as the phenomenon is …

Headaches

Can't believe your eyes? Scientists build tiny invisibility cloak

Scientists might be a step – a teeny tiny step – closer to developing that Harry Potter-style invisibility cloak of your dreams. Researchers at UC Berkeley have created a thin metamaterial that can conform to irregularly shaped objects and render them invisible in certain wavelengths of light.<p>For …