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Black hole scientists sure have been busy. At the end of last year, researchers announced that the powerful winds emanating from supermassive black holes shape entire galaxies.   Now, a new research paper has found the first observational evidence that supermassive black holes actually control the mysterious process of star formation in their galaxies. At the
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Russia has conceded that a high-profile space failure in November last year occurred because scientists programmed a rocket carrying a US$45 million weather satellite with the wrong coordinates.   In comments to Russian state TV last week, deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin admitted the Meteor-M weather satellite was effectively under the impression it had launched
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On Saturday, The New York Times and Politico independently published stories confirming that the US government had quietly funded a program to study UFOs for years. The Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program, as it’s called, “collected video and audio recordings of reported U.F.O. incidents”.   That footage includes one of an undated encounter with “an
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In February of 2016, scientists from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) announced the first-ever detection of gravitational waves. A little over a century after they were first predicted by Einstein’s theory of general relativity, we finally had proof that this phenomenon existed. In August of 2017, another major breakthrough occurred when LIGO detected waves that
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Today is a monumental day in SpaceX’s history. For the first time ever, the spaceflight company flew a mission using mostly refurbished technology. This is no test mission either. The CRS-13 is an important resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS), meaning NASA has just cast a major vote of confidence in SpaceX’s reusable technology.
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Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and the secretive rocket company Blue Origin, has successfully test-launched a rocket system with a dummy and several experiments inside. On Wednesday night, Bezos tweeted a video showing the seventh successful launch and landing of New Shepard, a rocket-and-crew-capsule system that Blue Origin scientists and engineers have quietly been
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The search for extra-solar planets has turned up some very interesting discoveries. Aside from planets that are more-massive versions of their Solar counterparts (aka. Super-Jupiters and Super-Earths), there have been plenty of planets that straddle the line between classifications.   And then there were times when follow-up observations have led to the discovery of multiple