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Here's how scientists will take the first-ever photograph of a black hole

You've probably seen a handful of amazing black hole images on the internet, like the one below.<p>It shows a black hole dragging in the hot plasma of a nearby blue giant star, never to be seen again:<p>Or perhaps you've seen this illustration, which shows the immense mass of a black hole warping the …

8 Food Blog Links We Love

<i>We've scoured the web for our favorite food blog posts, and now we're bringing them right to your desktop. It’s hard work, but someone has to do it.</i><p><i>This week: Flavors as rich and intense as August is.</i><p>Ripe, drippy peaches and molasses are a match made in heaven. (Southern Soufflé)<p>If "summer" had a …

Ice Cream

11 Irresistible Recipes for Heirloom Tomatoes

Our food calendar has two seasons: heirloom tomato season and then, sadly, the rest of the year. When heirloom tomatoes weigh down the tables at …

Tomatoes

Massive ‘Magnet’ May Have Powered Monster Cosmic Explosion

One of the most powerful cosmic explosions ever observed by astronomers may have been powered by a massive, incredibly strong magnetic object, new research suggests.<p>Gamma-ray bursts are like universal fireworks: intense outbursts of high-energy light that have been detected coming from many …

Universe

NASA Could Soon Launch A Giant Solar Sail Beyond Our Solar System

Raise the e-sail<p>We’ve all seen Bill Nye’s Lightsail expedition, but now our friends at NASA are stepping in to take things a bit further.<p>In this year’s round of NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) funding, NASA has funded it’s own Bruce Wiegmann and his team of solar propulsion experts to …

8 Food Blog Links We Love

<i>We've scoured the web for our favorite food blog posts, and now we're bringing them right to your desktop. It’s hard work, but someone has to do it.</i><p><i>This week from around the web: Baked squash pasta, rhubarb chutney, a rosemary-ginger Collins, and other recipes to help you take on your CSA …

Peaches

How The Turtle Got Its Shell

The fossilized remains of a bizarre-looking reptile are giving scientists new insights into how turtles got their distinctive shells.<p>Some 240 million years ago, this early turtle-like creature lived in a large lake, in a fairly warm, subtropical climate. But it didn't have the kind of shell modern …

Paleontology

5 Ways to Improve Your Grating Game

While many of our chef heroes are seriously kitchen gadget-crazed, even more of them are addicted to the most basic utensils. Here, a tutorial on how …

20 Must-Eat Summer Recipes You Still Have Time to Make

<i>We're republishing this list—originally posted in June 2015 as Summer Bucket-List Recipes—as a reminder that there's still time: Summer's not over yet! Go make a pie.</i><p>There's something about summertime that makes us so prone to making bucket lists, lists that grip us with the same voracious …

Recipes

Why Is This Planet Acting Like A Comet?

Scientists catch a Neptune-style orbiter by its very long tail<p>Some planets that are now small, hot, and rocky may have started off as icy giants like Neptune. Orbiting too close to their stars, their gassy shells boiled off until all that’s left is a rocky core. That’s what scientists have thought …

How to Eat Your Way Through Coastal Maine

<i>Every week we'll be asking you to come with us to some of our favorite small towns and cities—and we'll show you the places, secret spots, and nooks we love.</i><p><i>Today: When it comes to coastal Maine, lobster rolls aren't even the half of it (but they're a lot of it).</i><p>After six hours of driving through …

New England

Hairy-Chested Yeti Crab Found in Antarctica

The deep-sea crustacean, which lives near hydrothermal vents, is only the third species of yeti crab known to science.<p>It's white. It's hairy. It's elusive. It's a yeti … crab. Meet <i>Kiwa tyleri</i>, the newest member of the yeti crab family and the first to be found in the cold waters off …

9 Easy 5-Ingredient Pasta Sauces

These recipes call for just five ingredients or less; dinner will be served in no time.<p>A rich and delicious pasta sauce doesn’t have to be laborious …

27 Ways to Eat Blackberries All Summer Long

These delicious recipes are totally worth purple-stained lips.<p>These delicious recipes are totally worth purple-stained lips.

30 Awesome Whole30 Recipes

You’ve probably seen the hashtag on your friends’ Instagram posts of salmon salads and kale fritattas: #Whole30. It’s the current trendy diet that …

Dynamic Duos: How To Get More Nutrition By Pairing Foods

What are the makings of a great salad? You need fresh greens, of course, and then a layer of colorful vegetables like tomatoes and carrots.<p>That's a good start. But to help the body absorb more of the nutrients packed into this medley, you may want to add something else: a cooked egg.<p>A small study …

Nutrition

Watermelon tips and recipes: New ways to enjoy summer's juiciest fruit

Sweet, juicy watermelon is one of summer’s most beloved treats. But watermelons are large and if you happen to get a less-than-stellar specimen, you’re stuck with a lot of lackluster fruit. Here’s everything you need to know to pick out a beautifully ripe watermelon, plus how to prep, store and …

Recapitating Apatosaurus

You may have felt rumblings reverberating through the Internet this week, like the roll of distant thunder. That’s because <i>Brontosaurus</i> <i>might</i> be a valid name again. A new analysis of numerous sauropod specimens suggests that the classic dinosaur possibly had enough unique traits to be distinguished …

Dinosaurs

Rare Earth Metal Balls Found Beneath The Atlantic Ocean

The ancient deposit could be good news for tech companies<p>Scientists looking for deep sea organisms on a research cruise last month got a surprise when, instead of deep sea life, they pulled up metal balls the size of softballs. The German researchers stumbled inadvertently onto the discovery of the …

Rare Earth

Earth's Dashboard Is Flashing Red—Are Enough People Listening?

As scientists and much of the public differ on the causes of climate change, the planet keeps getting warmer … and the effects are adding up.<p>Scientists are having trouble convincing the public that people are changing the climate.<p>A Pew Research Center survey, released last week as part of a broader …

How Animals Hacked The Rainbow And Got Stumped On Blue

Until about 600 million years ago, seeing colors didn't matter so much to Earth's inhabitants — nobody had eyes.<p>"Before the eye evolved, you just wouldn't have seen what was there," says Andrew Parker, a biologist at London's Natural History Museum who studies the evolution of color.<p>Simple animals …

6 Sky Events This Week: Perseids Peak, Cosmic Triangle and Rising Mars

<b>This week, skywatchers will be spoiled with jam-packed skies: meteors raining down, a moon-planet-star triangle and a large asteroid flyby.</b><p><b>Meteor Shower Peaks.</b> The year’s best-known celestial event officially peaks at 6 p.m. GMT Monday, August 12, when the Perseid meteor shower will produce …

Your meat addiction is destroying the planet

<i>“Jesus,” Molly said, her own plate empty, “gimme that. You know what this costs?” She took his plate. “They gotta raise a whole animal for years and then they kill it. This isn’t vat stuff.” She forked a mouthful up and chewed.” – William Gibson</i>, Neuromancer <i>(1984)</i><p>On Monday, August 5th, 2013, at a …

Scientists look into Earth’s past to predict future effects of climate change

Looking back, there were big changes at the end of major climate change periods, such as the end of the last Ice Age when large herbivores went …

Climate Change

Why Some Words Sound Fat

Doesn't caramel ice cream sound heavy? Where vowel sounds come from in the mouth influences how we think about a word.<p>Which sounds better, an ice cream called Frish, or an ice cream called Frosh? In an NYU study, people rated the ice cream Frosh as smoother, creamier and richer. Except both ice …

If an astronaut fell into a black hole, would he stretch or burn?

Crack open a middle-school science textbook, and you might see a picture of an astronaut in a black hole: stretched out like a spaghetti noodle as the rapidly increasing gravity pulled different parts of their body at different speeds, then crushed by the same force. A growing scientific …

A century-long debate: are 'intelligent' people less likely to hold religious beliefs?

Over most of the past century, researchers have been trying to determine whether there's any link between religion and intelligence. The studies haven't all come to the same conclusion, but a group of researchers led from the University of Rochester decided to look at a large number of them …

In 165-Million-Year-Old Fossil, Evidence That Fur Predates Mammals

Meet Megaconus mammaliaformis, a furry proto-mammal and, in the words of one researcher, "your great-great-grand uncle 165 million years removed."<p>Meet <i>Megaconus mammaliaformis</i>, a 165-million-year-old proto-mammal recently discovered in Inner Mongolia, China. This squirrel-sized dude evolved long …

Researchers Finally Ask Henrietta Lacks's Family If They Can Study Her Cells

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>It's taken 62 years, but researchers finally asked Henrietta Lacks's family for consent to use her …