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3d ago

New space observatory helps solve mystery involving enormous black holes

Some black holes unleash incredibly bright jets of high-energy particles. Researchers say they're starting to understand why.
An artist's concept of a tidal disruption event that happens when a star passes fatally close to a supermassive black hole, which reacts by launching a relativistic jet.
An artist's concept of a tidal disruption event that happens when a star passes fatally close to a supermassive black hole, which reacts by launching a relativistic jet.
4d ago

World's largest active volcano, Mauna Loa, erupts in Hawaii

It is the volcano's first eruption since 1984, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Officials said lava flows were "contained within the summit area and are not threatening downslope communities."
This aerial image released by the US Geological Survey (USGS) on November 28, 2022 courtesy of the National Weather Service, shows the lava in the summit caldera of Mauna Loa in Hawaii, which is erupting for the first time in nearly 40 years. - Hawaii's Mauna Loa, the largest active volcano in the world, has erupted for the first time in nearly 40 years, US authorities said, as emergency crews went on alert early Monday.
This aerial image released by the US Geological Survey (USGS) on November 28, 2022 courtesy of the National Weather Service, shows the lava in the summit caldera of Mauna Loa in Hawaii, which is erupting for the first time in nearly 40 years. - Hawaii's Mauna Loa, the largest active volcano in the world, has erupted for the first time in nearly 40 years, US authorities said, as emergency crews went on alert early Monday.
4d ago

China rocket taking 3 to space station to blast off Tuesday

The station’s third and final module docked with the station this month, one of the last steps in China’s more than decadelong effort to maintain a constant crewed presence in orbit.
Chinese astronauts Zhang Lu, left, Fei Junlong, center, and Deng Qingming, the crew of the Shenzhou-15 spaceflight mission, wave at a press conference at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Gansu province on Nov. 28, 2022, a day before the scheduled launch.
Chinese astronauts Zhang Lu, left, Fei Junlong, center, and Deng Qingming, the crew of the Shenzhou-15 spaceflight mission, wave at a press conference at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Gansu province on Nov. 28, 2022, a day before the scheduled launch.

Catalonia limits water use as Spain prays for rain

The measures taking effect Friday will include reductions on water for the irrigation of crops and industry.
Cracks in the Sau reservoir in Catalonia, Spain, on Oct. 3, 2022.
Cracks in the Sau reservoir in Catalonia, Spain, on Oct. 3, 2022.
10d ago

Endangered status sought for manatees as hundreds starve

Pollution is triggering algae blooms that have killed much of the seagrass on which manatees depend, conservations groups said.
Fewer manatees died in 2019 in Florida compared with the year before. Statewide, manatee deaths decreased to 606 deaths last year, down from 824 in 2018.
Fewer manatees died in 2019 in Florida compared with the year before. Statewide, manatee deaths decreased to 606 deaths last year, down from 824 in 2018.
10d ago

Expect more fungal infections as their geographic ranges expand, experts warn

Many fungal infections are found outside areas where the pathogens are thought to be endemic, a new paper says. Climate change may be to blame.
Close-up photograph of the Sebouraud dextrose agar culture of the pathogenic fungus Coccidioides immitis with chloramphenicol and cycloheximide after 2 weeks, 1979.
Close-up photograph of the Sebouraud dextrose agar culture of the pathogenic fungus Coccidioides immitis with chloramphenicol and cycloheximide after 2 weeks, 1979.
11d ago

NASA capsule buzzes moon, last big step before lunar orbit

The close approach occurred as the crew capsule and its three test dummies were on the far side of the moon.
NASA's Orion capsule approaches the moon.
NASA's Orion capsule approaches the moon.
13d ago

New measures for size, as world’s people surpass 8 billion

Experts have said that growth in data and technology means they need new words to describe new scales of measurement
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13d ago

Why the midterms have made climate activists hopeful for the future

Even with Republicans controlling the House, Democrats retained enough control at the federal level to defend the Inflation Reduction Act while making inroads in crucial local elections.
A power plant in Portage Des Sioux, Mo.
A power plant in Portage Des Sioux, Mo.
14d ago

The last panda in Latin America? Mexico to decide what happens next

Xin Xin, a native of Mexico and the granddaughter of pandas gifted by China, is very old. China loans giant pandas, but the cost may be too steep for the Mexican government.
Xin Xin sits inside her enclosure at the Chapultepec Zoo
Xin Xin sits inside her enclosure at the Chapultepec Zoo
15d ago

Despite the collective rampage against spotted lanternflies, the pests are here to stay

Killing spotted lanternflies became part of U.S. culture this summer, and TikTok users spurred a flurry of bug hunting. Did it make a difference?
Spotted lanternflies perch on a tree in New York
Spotted lanternflies perch on a tree in New York