Jonathan Renfrow

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The Galaxy's Core Is About to Explode

The supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy will soon consume a blob of gas and begin to radiate energy at a tremendous rate.<p>The supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy will soon consume a blob of gas and begin to radiate energy at a tremendous rate.

Long-range forecast: sunny spell will wipe out life on Earth

If the end of the summer, the short, cold days, and party conference season were not enough to bring on the gloom, scientists have calculated when life on Earth must come to an end.<p>In a report that manufacturers of diaries may wish to note, researchers worked out when the sun will grow so warm that …

Where does imagination happen in our brains?

The answer, researchers suggest, lies in a widespread neural network – the brain’s “mental workspace” – that consciously manipulates images, symbols, …

The Brain

Professor Stephen Hawking backs right to die for the terminally ill

Professor Stephen Hawking, who once said he thought assisted dying was "a great mistake", has changed his stance to support the right of terminally ill people who are suffering to end their lives.<p>Hawking, 71, was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease – a form of motor neurone disease – at the age of …

Naturally secreted chemicals could make you invisible to mosquitos

Mosquitos are undoubtably one of nature's most annoying lifeforms — annoying at the best of times, and disease-carriers at the worst. Humanity has made many efforts at repelling the troublesome insects, with the chemical DEET being perhaps the most well known example, but a group of scientists from …

Only Elon Musk can make cows fear a Grasshopper

Last month, we saw Elon Musk's reusable SpaceX Grasshopper rocket perform its best trick yet: launch skywards, fly 300 feet laterally, then return to the exact spot of its launch, all within 73 seconds. Now, SpaceX has released a new video depicting the lateral launch in context. The zoomed-out …

Answering The Cranes' Call: 40 Years Of Preserving Grace

Of all the world's birds, perhaps none are more mystical than cranes.<p>From Asia to North America, these tall birds with haunting cries have been woven into paintings, literature and folk tales. But today, 10 of the world's 15 crane species are threatened, and some are on the brink of …

Why Some Coral Reefs Might Survive Climate Change

But it's not going to be easy for many species<p>The world is clobbering coral reefs, home to 25 percent of all marine species. Agricultural runoff pollutes the water around them; coastal developments tear them up; overfishing kills their inhabitants; and carbon dioxide emissions make the oceans too …

Enough With Baby Talk; Infants Learn From Lemur Screeches, Too

New research suggests that 3-month-old human babies can use lemur calls as teaching aids. The findings hint at a deep biological connection between language and learning.<p>Babies begin learning as soon as they're born. They're listening, too. But researchers still don't know exactly how the …