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Hubble spies something mysterious around a supermassive black hole

Hubble spies something mysterious around a supermassive black hole

There’s something unusual happening at the center of the spiral galaxy NGC 3147, and the Hubble Space Telescope caught a good look. The galaxy, which is 130 million light-years away, contains a supermassive black hole at its heart, as expected. What wasn’t expected is the thin disc of material around the black hole. The black…MORE

A fish called Wakanda: New purple fish honors ‘Black Panther’

A fish called Wakanda: New purple fish honors ‘Black Panther’

Although the nation of Wakanda exists only in the Marvel Comics universe, where it is superhero Black Panther’s home, researchers believe they have found a version of it underwater. And here, 260 feet below the surface in secretive reefs, the warriors accented with vibrant purple are fish. Previously unknown, the fish species lives in dark…MORE

The world’s population is nearing 8 billion. That’s not great news

The world’s population is nearing 8 billion. That’s not great news

It took thousands of years for the global population to hit 5 billion, which happened in 1987. Some 32 years later, we’re closing in on 8 billion. This explosive growth concerns leaders at the United Nations, who created World Population Day in 1989 to raise awareness about the problems caused by overpopulation. The holiday is…MORE

NASA’s plan to keep the Voyager spacecraft awake and flying

NASA’s plan to keep the Voyager spacecraft awake and flying

NASA’s Voyager 1 and 2 are the longest-flying spacecraft in history; 42 years after they launched, both are still going strong and sending back data as they explore interstellar space. It’s the farthest we’ve ever pushed into space. And the spacecraft were initially designed to last only five years. But this record-setting feat wouldn’t be…MORE

210,000-year-old human skull in Greece is the oldest found outside Africa

210,000-year-old human skull in Greece is the oldest found outside Africa

Two skulls found in a Grecian cave paint a surprising portrait of who lived there hundreds of thousands of years ago. One fragmentary skull has been dated to 210,000 years ago, and researchers believe that it is the earliest evidence of modern humans living in Eurasia, according to a new study. The other, more complete…MORE

Recovered GoPro video shows final moments of Himalayas climbers

Recovered GoPro video shows final moments of Himalayas climbers

Indian authorities have released footage showing the final moments of the climbers who died in the Indian Himalayas in May. The video was found on a “memory video device” near the Nanda Devi East, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) said Monday, which showed the group of climbers moving slowly near the summit on the unnamed…MORE

See Saturn’s rings as it begins its closest pass by Earth

See Saturn’s rings as it begins its closest pass by Earth

The rings of Saturn are shining bright this month. Beginning Tuesday, Saturn will be at opposition, meaning it will rise opposite the sun in the Earth’s sky. Opposition gives Earth-dwellers the best views of the gas giant and a number of its moons, according to NASA. The planet will be visible to the naked eye,…MORE