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Astronomers find 'teeny supermassive black hole'

University of Michigan astronomers have found the smallest black hole ever observed in the centre of a galaxy<p>As supermassive black holes go it’s really not that super or massive,<p>In a dwarf, disc galaxy 340 million light years away, University of Michigan astronomers have found the smallest black …

The Watcher House: Previous Resident Says Stalker Claims Are 'Outlandish'

When Margaret Davis first heard the story of a family that began receiving frightening letters calling for “young blood” shortly after purchasing …

A New Cold War In The Void Of Space

Through a satellite darkly<p>By treaty, outer space is a weapons-free zone. In the future that might not be the case. America’s defense establishment, including the Department of Defense as well as intelligence agencies, are building a center to plan for war in space.<p>There is already a military aspect …

North Korea Has Found The Cure For AIDS, Ebola, Cancer, And Bird Flu

It’s a miracle! Just kidding, it’s propaganda.<p>Great news, guys. A company in North Korea has developed a cure for everything.<p>North Korea’s state-run news agency is reporting that Kumdang-2, a type of ginseng grown in “rare-earth molecular fertilizer” can “prevent different malignant epidemics.” The …

The birth of a psychopath

<b>(CNN) —</b> After every horrific crime that shocks us, the next question we often ask is, "How could anyone do such a thing?"<p>If the criminal is a psychopath, the answer is very simple. They don't feel empathy or guilt. So instead of asking, "How could they do this horrible thing?" the more pertinent …

Psychology

Archaeologists Decipher Name of 'Ancient Astronaut' Maya Tomb

MEXICO CITY — Researchers in Mexico say they have decoded the hieroglyphic name on the Palenque tomb of ancient Maya King Pakal, revealing it to read "The House of the Nine Sharpened Spears," more than 60 years after the crypt was discovered.<p>Mexican archaeologist Alberto Ruz Lhuillier discovered …

New pictures of dwarf planet Ceres which could hold alien life

Nasa's spacecraft Dawn has sent back the closest images ever taken of the dwarf planet Ceres<p>The closest pictures ever taken of the dwarf planet Ceres show that its surface is so peppered with crater marks that it looks like a giant golf ball.<p>Ceres, the largest body in the asteroid belt between Mars …

Scientists Discover Scores of Weird Species in Philippine Waters

Scientists from the California Academy of Sciences celebrated World Oceans Day on Monday by announcing the discovery of more than 100 species that they suspect are new to science.<p>All of the specimens — ranging from sea slugs to delicate heart urchins — were found off the coast of the Philippines as …

Are we too selfish to live like hippies? | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

A threat to communes in London reminds me of my childhood in a happy, lively co-op that shaped who I am.<p>How sad that London’s last communes are under threat. In what looks like yet another example of the prioritising of profit over affordable homes, the company (One Housing Group) that owns the …

June 2015

What would you pay to be happy?

The source of our happiness is closer than ever to being located, measured and commodified. Alex Renton meets the ‘psychoeconomists’ and asks, have they created a monster?<p>The happiest man in the world is a 67-year-old Buddhist monk called Matthieu Ricard. He starts his day sitting in a meadow in …

Meditation