Dustin Berg

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Scientists just caught a black hole swallowing a star — and burping a bit back out

Astronomers have caught black holes in the act of murdering stars before. But a study published Thursday in Science claims to have caught a step in the crime that has remained elusive until now.<p><i>[This is what it looks like when a black hole tears a star apart]</i><p>In addition to catching evidence of the …

Black Holes

Republican Explains How To Fix Congress With One Weird Trick

Maybe.<p>WASHINGTON -- What if congressional gridlock could be solved without addressing campaign finance, gerrymandering or partisan polarization? The solution could be so simple that it almost seems stupid.<p>The idea is biennial budgeting: Instead of trying to agree on a budget every year, Congress …

See Why NASA Is Dying to Visit Jupiter's Moon Europa

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Goldilocks planet: Deep in space, we may have found our 'twin’

The discovery of an Earth-like planet raises the question: are aliens also looking at us?<p>The starry sky is now far more fascinating to us than it ever was to our forebears. Stars may seem just points of light, but we’ve learnt recently that most are orbited by retinues of planets, just as our Sun …

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How to deal with Wall Street and income inequality in one fell swoop

If we want to curb the worst Wall Street abuses, and also make America a more equitable place, here’s what to do<p>The financial industry is a behemoth. Over the past 150 years, it has grown dramatically as a share of GDP. And entrance into its ranks has become a great way to enter into the top 1 …