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Astronomers find a supersized black hole in a cosmic small town

The humongous black hole in the center of a galaxy called NGC 1600 took the MASSIVE Survey astronomers by surprise. It's not only almost as big as the largest one we've discovered, it's also located in a sparsely populated region of only 20 or so galaxies, 200 million light years away. To note, …

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Comedy

‘If you feel you’re in a black hole, don’t give up’ – Stephen Hawking explains

Black Holes

Astronomers have stumbled upon a supermassive black hole in an unexpected corner of the universe

The giant, with an estimated mass 17 billion times that of our Sun, was discovered in a relative desert, astronomers from the University of California, Berkeley, wrote in the journal Nature.<p>"While finding a gigantic black hole in a massive galaxy in a crowded area of the Universe is to be expected …

Modern men lack Y chromosome genes from Neanderthals, researchers say

Although it's widely known that modern humans carry traces of Neanderthal DNA, a new international study led by researchers at the Stanford …

Humanity

Rythm; Sleep-Improving Neurotechnology

By 2017, there should be access to a headset that improves the quality of sleep. It has been produced by French firm Rhythm, who have received a …

The Brain

40 Greatest Punk Albums of All Time

The riot-starters and two-chord wonders that blew rock wide open<p>Punk rock started in 1976 on New York's Bowery, when four cretins from Queens came up …

Pearl Jam – 10 of the best

We look back at the Seattle grunge-rockers’ finest tracks, from soulful ballads to political rants with riffs that could awaken the dead<p><b>1. Alive</b><p>Among the first groups from Seattle’s underground rock scene to sign to a major label, glam-rockers Mother Love Bone were poised for success until their …

Kurt Cobain

The Gates Foundation Backs A “Lucky” Cure For Anemia

In Cambodia, the Lucky Iron Fish offers a lesson in how to make public health interventions stick.<p>The Lucky Iron Fish is Cambodia’s cure for anemia. A household simply tosses the fish-shaped lump of iron into the cooking pot and enough iron is leached out to fill up to 75% of the recommended daily …

90 Big-Name Business Leaders Just Took A Stand Against North Carolina's Anti-LGBT Law

They say the bill is bad for economic development.<p>The fight against North Carolina's new anti-LGBT law gained some high-profile support on Tuesday, when more than 90 prominent business leaders signed a letter calling for a full repeal.<p>"Discrimination is wrong, and we believe it has no place in …

LGBTQI

Inside Aspen’s Cloud Nine: Where the World’s Wildest Ski Party Happens Twice a Day, Every Day

What might be the greatest dance party in North America happens every day at 11,000 feet above sea level. Perched up in the clouds, accessible only by skiing or snowboarding, Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro occupies an unassuming former ski patrol shack on Highlands Mountain in Aspen, Colorado.<p>“Why am I …

Skiing

What to Know Before You See Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Columbia Pictures—Getty Images<p>Everett<p>Columbia<p>Mondadori—Getty Images<p>Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images<p>Warner Bros.<p>Warner Bros.<p>Warner Bros.<p>Warner …

General relativity caught in action around black hole

<b>GENEVA</b> — An effect of general relativity that is barely measurable on Earth has been spotted in full force around a black hole.<p>Physicists detected …

The coral reefs that almost made scientists cry (for joy)

These are not fun times to be a coral reef researcher.<p>Like so much of environmental science, the field can be a dismal one, often devoted to documenting decline. There are mass die-offs, worldwide bleaching events, plagues of sea stars, the ominous “warm blob,” the “godzilla” El Nino and …

Climate Change

Black History Month: 5 to Follow on Flipboard

Buzzfeed’s Saeed Jones is right: this February has “been one hell of a Black History Month.” In the last few weeks African-American issues have come to the fore like never before, thanks in no small part to some of our favorite musicians. We danced along to Beyoncé’s empowering Super Bowl show, …

Black History

Meet NGC 4889, The Galaxy With A Black Hole The Size Of Our Solar System

It’s common for galaxies to have black holes at their center. In fact, our own galaxy has a pretty big one at the center. But nothing will quite prepare you for the size of NGC 4889, a galaxy with a black hole at the center nearly the size of our solar system.<p>Recently photographed by the Hubble, …

Hawking: Gravitational Waves Could Revolutionize Astronomy

Black hole theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has some thoughts on the discovery of gravitational waves.

Black Holes

The radical plan to destroy time zones

Last Summer, North Korea did something a little odd. On the 70th anniversary of Korea's liberation from Japanese occupation, the closed and authoritarian state announced it was permanently turning its clocks back half an hour. The country was creating its own time zone: Pyongyang time.<p>As a plan, it …

North Korea

US flies stealth jets over South Korea

The United States has flown part of its stealth fleet from Japan to just south of the border between the two Koreas. The move was meant as a warning …

World Bank announces $150 million to fight Zika outbreak

The mosquito-borne disease suspected of causing serious birth defects is expected to spread to all countries in the Americas except Canada and Chile and remains a global health emergency, according to the World Health Organization.<p>The mosquito-borne disease suspected of causing serious birth …

Public Health

‘My favourite beach in the world’ – readers’ tips

<b>Winning tip: Punta Uva, Costa Rica</b><p>Just a winding road away from vibrant Caribbean-infused Puerto Viejo is the Gandoca-Manzanillo wildlife refuge, a haven for free-range iguanas, sedentary sloths, all manner of feathered, scaled and furry creatures – and a few lucky human visitors. Explosions of …

National Parks

Prestigious academic to quit New Zealand after autistic son refused residency

Belgian professor says government has broken the UN convention on human rights by refusing to allow his stepson to stay because of his health<p>A prestigious Belgian mathematics professor is leaving New Zealand after his autistic stepson was refused residency on health grounds.<p>Associate professor …

Human Rights

'Finally': Pope meets Russian Orthodox leader

MEXICO CITY (AP) — With an exclamation of "Finally," Pope Francis embraced Patriarch Kirill on Friday in the first meeting between a pontiff and the …

Mexico City

Apple ordered to unlock San Bernardino gunman's phone

<b>Apple has been ordered to help FBI investigators access data on a phone used by San Bernardino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook.</b><p>Farook and his wife killed 14 people in the California city last December before police fatally shot them.<p>A court order demands Apple help circumvent security software on …

Privacy

Secrets of water-skipping revealed

Skipping stones across water may seem like an innocent children's pastime, but the science behind it has helped to win more than one war. Now, …

World powers agree to 'cessation of hostilities' in Syria; outcome uncertain

<b>(CNN) —</b> Major world powers have agreed to a "cessation of hostilities" and to the delivery of immediate aid in Syria, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced early Friday.<p>He spoke in Munich, Germany, where top diplomats from more than a dozen countries, including the United States and Russia, …

Middle East

Julian Assange accuses UK minister of insulting UN after detention finding

Foreign secretary Philip Hammond dismisses panel’s finding as ‘ridiculous’ but WikiLeaks founder hails ‘sweet victory’<p>Julian Assange has accused Britain’s foreign secretary, Philip Hammond, of insulting the United Nations in his response to a panel finding that Assange’s circumstances amount to …

Julian Assange

The Highest-Resolution Image Ever Seen in Astronomy

What do you get when you combine 15 radio telescopes on Earth and one in space? You get an enormous “virtual telescope” that is 63,000 miles across. …

Universe

Elton John pops into London train station, plays piano, leaves

LONDON — It's not every day you get to see Elton John casually tickling the ivories in a random London train station.<p>Anyone who happened to be …

Piano