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Earth - A black hole has been caught burping out X-rays

Black holes are hungry. They grow bigger as they gobble up cosmic debris from nearby stars. Anything too close can get sucked in.<p>They are the remains of massive stars, scrunched up on themselves until they become infinitely dense. Anything that gets too close gets trapped by their powerful gravity. …

Black Holes

Lego Dimensions stands out from Disney Infinity, Skylanders with 14 massive open worlds

COLOGNE, Germany — Lego Dimensions sets itself apart from Skylanders, Disney Infinity, and other toys-to-life games in a big way — with expansive open worlds for all 14 of its franchises.<p>Warner Bros. Entertainment unveiled what must be one of the final pieces of its Lego Dimensions experience. …

'Plasmonics' could lead to super-fast optic communications

Researchers at Purdue University have developed a new kind of material that could improve the speed of optical communications by as much as 5000 times the current state of the art. The material is made of aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) and it is able to change the amount of light it reflects by up …

Drone captures amazing image of killer whales at sea

A drone has successfully captured photographs of a pod of killer whales at sea, providing stunning shots of the animals in their natural habitat. But …

A bionic hand in five days: how tech innovation is changing lives

Assistive technology is giving disabled people more control over their lives, but businesses and charities have a long way to go on accessibility and affordability<p>In the UK, more than 11 million people live with a limiting long-term illness, impairment or disability, according to government …

Disability

The Universe might contain millions of hidden black holes

Black holes are, by definition, impossible to see by conventional methods and are often further obscured by thick blankets of dust or gas. But that's not an issue for NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR). It can peek through the obscuring layers and monitor the black holes via the …

Scientists Just Solved One of the Paradoxes Behind Giant Black Holes

There is a paradox in the universe: scientists believe that there are millions more giant black holes in the universe than we know about, and yet, if …

Earth could get just 12 hours' warning of damaging solar storm

UK Cabinet Office report sets out risks of coronal mass ejections from the sun causing power outages, and disruption of GPS and communications<p>Humanity would only have a 12-hour warning about the arrival of a “coronal mass ejection” that could damage the National Grid, pipelines and railway signals, …

Weather

Beam Me Up? Teleporting Is Real, Even If Trekkie Transport Isn't

"I have a hard time saying this with a straight face, but I will: You can teleport a single atom from one place to another," says Chris Monroe, a biophysicist at the University of Maryland.<p>His lab's setup in a university basement looks nothing like the slick transporters that rearrange atoms and …

Quantum Mechanics

Scientists Tweak T Cells Using CRISPR

To treat HIV, cancer, and maybe everything else<p>For the first time, researchers have modified the genes in T cells using CRISPR—a special enzyme that can edit DNA. They hope that by altering T-cells, which are critical to the immune system, these cells could fight diseases that usually sneak past or …