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Oldest quasar and supermassive black hole discovered in the distant universe

Oldest quasar and supermassive black hole discovered in the distant universe

The most distant quasar and the earliest known supermassive black hole have been discovered, shedding light on how massive galaxies formed in the early universe. This discovery was revealed Tuesday at the 237th meeting of The American Astronomical Society, happening virtually due to the pandemic. The study has been accepted for publication in the Astrophysical…

There may be fewer galaxies in the universe than we thought

There may be fewer galaxies in the universe than we thought

The universe may be a little darker after a recent discovery has shown that there could be fewer galaxies populating it. A previous measurement by Hubble Space Telescope suggested there were 2 trillion galaxies spread across the universe. Now, the latest research points to only hundreds of billions of galaxies instead. After NASA’s New Horizons…

There’s a case of wine heading back to Earth from space

There’s a case of wine heading back to Earth from space

A SpaceX Dragon capsule started its journey back to Earth from the International Space Station (ISS) Tuesday with an unusual cargo: 12 bottles of wine and 320 grapevines. They were taken into space in November 2019 and March 2020, respectively, as part of an experiment organized by European startup Space Cargo Unlimited (SCU), it said…

‘Super-Earth’ found orbiting one of the oldest stars in the Milky Way

‘Super-Earth’ found orbiting one of the oldest stars in the Milky Way

A hot and rocky exoplanet known as a super-Earth has been discovered orbiting one of the oldest stars in our Milky Way galaxy, according to a new study. The exoplanet, called that because it’s located outside our solar system, is about 50% larger than Earth and has three times the mass — which makes it…

6-foot megalodon shark babies were cannibals in the womb, study says

6-foot megalodon shark babies were cannibals in the womb, study says

These extinct sharks gave birth to some really large babies — about the size of a full-grown human adult. At birth, megalodons were about 6.6 feet, or 2 meters, in length, according to a study published Sunday in the Historical Biology journal. Megalodons, scientifically known as Otodus megalodon, were huge sharks that grew up to…

A distant galaxy dies as astronomers watch

A distant galaxy dies as astronomers watch

Galaxies die when the stars that live in them stop forming. Now, for the first time, astronomers have witnessed this phenomenon in a distant galaxy. Scientists were able to glimpse a galaxy as it ejected almost half of the gas it uses to form stars. They captured this rare observation using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter…

As the world begins its vaccination push, delayed rollouts draw criticism and concern

As the world begins its vaccination push, delayed rollouts draw criticism and concern

Political leaders are promising that mass vaccination campaigns will see life return to normal, as a more contagious variant of the coronavirus spreads across dozens of countries, adding urgency to the race to end the pandemic. But vaccination efforts are rolling out slower than promised, raising doubts about an imminent way out of the crisis.…

US prosecutors say Honduras President helped send cocaine to Americans

US federal prosecutors say Honduran President Juan Orlando Hern├índez helped an alleged drug trafficker deliver thousands of kilos of cocaine to the United States in exchange for hefty bribes — a claim the Honduran Presidency rejected on Sunday as “100% false.” A motion submitted Friday by prosecutors in the Southern District of New York details…

Iraqi judge issues arrest warrant for Donald Trump

Iraqi judge issues arrest warrant for Donald Trump

A judge in Baghdad’s investigative court has issued an arrest warrant for outgoing US President Donald Trump, over the killing of an Iraqi paramilitary leader during the assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani last year. Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis — the Iraqi deputy head of the Iran-backed Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces — was killed along with…

New NASA space telescope will explore the Big Bang

New NASA space telescope will explore the Big Bang

A new space telescope will help scientists look back in time at the origin of our universe and the galaxies and planetary systems that have populated it ever since. The mission will further our understanding of how the universe rapidly expanded right after the Big Bang occurred. During a two-year run, NASA’s SPHEREx space telescope…

Rare doctor’s note reveals Napoleon Bonaparte’s poor health in later years

Rare doctor’s note reveals Napoleon Bonaparte’s poor health in later years

A rare note written by a doctor who treated Napoleon Bonaparte has revealed how the French military leader and emperor suffered with sickness and pain in the years before his death. The letter, dated June 4, 1818, was written by Irish surgeon Barry Edward O’Meara, who treated Napoleon when he was in exile on the…

We shared our meat with wolves and they became our best friends

We shared our meat with wolves and they became our best friends

Some dog owners like to feed their pets tidbits from the table — and this friendly habit may have had a role in the domestication of dogs at the end of the last Ice Age, scientists say. Historically, humans and wolves were both pack hunters, and would compete for large prey, especially during leaner, winter…