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As Black Holes Eat Stars, They Shoot Death Rays

Close When astronomers caught sight of a massive burst of X-rays that had traveled almost 8,000 light-years to reach their telescopes, they realized it came from a celestial pair known as V404 Cygni, a relatively small black hole that is methodically eating a star about the size of our sun. …

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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Can Be Reduced By Breastfeeding, Study Finds

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) has increased upward of three-fold in Westernized countries in the past half-century. While the mechanisms of why it’s becoming so prolific are still largely unknown, there’s now compelling evidence that breastfeeding might help lower its chances of occurring in nursing babies. The benefits of breastfeeding …

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In 2020, NASA Will Bring More Cameras to Mars Than Ever Before

If you like pictures of Mars, NASA has good news. The agency has announced that mission’s rover will carry more cameras into space than any other, twenty-three. “Camera technology keeps improving,” says Justin Maki of JPL, Mars 2020’s imaging scientist and deputy principal investigator of the Mastcam-Z instrument, in a …

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How Much are the World’s Most Famous Statues Really Worth?

With 31 tons of copper and 125 tons of steel, the scrap value of the Statue of Liberty comes in at $227,610, far below two of the most expensive statues in the world. But that’s what happens when you use millions worth of gold and bronze. 911 Metallurgist, a metallurgy …

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Conquer the Fall with These Discounted Leaf Blowers

With fall in full blast, you need a leaf blower now more than ever, and Amazon is slashing prices on lots of models just in time. On the budget end, there’s a Black+Decker 7 Amp Corded Blower going for $20, down from $41. It can hit up to 180 mph …

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Sony’s Aibo robo dog is back – and it’s cuter than ever

Remember Sony‘s Aibo pet robot that debuted in 1999? Well, the company just launched a new-and-improved version in Japan today – and it uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to develop a personality over time. Sony designed the robo dog to form “an emotional bond with members of the household while providing …

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Anti-pancreatic cancer drug in research focus

Intriguing antitumor activity is found in a very promising class of natural compounds: cyclic depsipeptides, which have a challenging structure that makes their investigation difficult. Now, Chinese scientists have established the synthesis of a member compound, which is especially promising in killing pancreatic cancer stem cells. They describe its total …

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New research explores the limits of nanomaterials and atomic effects for nanotechnology

IMAGE: One-of-a-kind multi-probe LT Nanoprobe at Swansea University used to obtain the electrical measurements of nanowires that were correlated to atomic resolution imaging. Swansea University Research by scientists at Swansea University has shown that improvements in nanowire structures will allow for the manufacture of more stable and durable nanotechnology for …

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