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A Neutron Star Might Have Just Collided with a Black Hole

A Neutron Star Might Have Just Collided with a Black HoleScientists are comparing the historic explosion to "the night before Christmas."



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Scientists detect a black hole swallowing a neutron star 'like Pac-man'

Scientists detect a black hole swallowing a neutron star 'like Pac-man'For the first time, scientists have detected a black hole devouring a neutron star, according to a report released Monday.



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The black hole at the center of our galaxy just lit up twice as bright as ever. Who knows why

The black hole at the center of our galaxy just lit up twice as bright as ever. Who knows whyAstronomers observing the black hole at the center of our galaxy watched it light up with "unprecedented brightness." And they aren't sure why.



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Trump's response to the weekend massacres show he is an ethical black hole

Trump's response to the weekend massacres show he is an ethical black holeTrump is playing the country like he’s a conductor of a symphony of racist violence‘Under this president, people are now afraid to go the hospital or to go the police.’ Photograph: Susan Walsh/APDonald Trump continues to play his cynical game of dodging responsibility, shifting blame and exploiting tragedy. In a press conference called to address the horrors of two mass shootings in the United States over the past weekend, the president said nothing about his pivotal role in stoking fear and racism among certain segments of the population, said nothing about the fact that five of the 10 deadliest shootings in American history have happened since 2016, the fact that he has become a figurehead in the dark underground of the global white nationalist movement.Instead, Trump blamed the internet, blamed video games, blamed Congress and blamed “mental health issues”. By tying legislation for tougher gun laws to immigration reform, as he tweeted earlier, Trump also and by extension blamed immigrants, who themselves are the victims of the very racism that has been unleashed by this president.With this ethical black hole of leadership and narcissistic exploitation of other people’s tragedy, Trump proves once again – as if we needed any more proof – that he is unfit for the office he occupies. But the tragedy is larger than his job. It’s also what he’s doing to our country.How are we, the ordinary people of this country, supposed to go about our daily lives in this country any more? The victims in Ohio were doing nothing but enjoying themselves before they were gunned down. The killed and wounded in El Paso were doing nothing but back-to-school shopping.Nor does it stop there. Last April, people were terrorized in Poway, California, when a shooter entered their synagogue as they were celebrating Passover and began firing. And at least since last March, when a suspected white supremacist stormed two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 51 people, American Muslims have congregated more nervously, increasing security at their mosques around the country. If you think the New Zealand connection is far afield from the American context, note that both the alleged Poway and El Paso shooters referenced the New Zealand shooter directly and favorably in their own manifestos.“In general, I support the Christchurch shooter and his manifesto,” the alleged El Paso shooter’s manifesto says. “This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas. They are the instigators, not me.” The rhetoric here sounds suspiciously like the president’s, who for months, had been tweeting and shrieking about the so-called caravan being “an invasion of our country”. Trump even laughed at the suggestion that migrants should be shot.Such is the world of ideas that circulate dangerously and freely today. Hispanics are invaders, says the suspected El Paso shooter. Muslims want to “replace” white people, according to the accused Christchurch shooter. Jews are determined to “enslave” all the other races, proclaims the alleged Poway shooter. All of these notions are as ridiculous as they are noxious.But while such ideas can be easily dismissed, their real-world consequences cannot. When will the next shooting happen? And who will be its target? The world of the rightwing extremist is populated by too many enemies. Muslims, Latinxs, Jews, immigrants, African Americans, refugees, women. And who will the president blame next?Probably those with mental disabilities, but the idea that mass shooter phenomenon is “a mental illness problem” is another Trumpian sleight of hand. Not only does such a notion deflect responsibility from his own racist statements and actions (and not only does it conveniently forget that in 2018 Trump himself made it easier for people with mental illness to buy guns), but it also advances a dangerous falsehood. In fact, there is no scientifically discernible link between gun violence and mental illness. But with Trump making the link loudly and publicly, those with mental disabilities become even more vulnerable.In fact, Trump is playing the country like he’s a conductor of a symphony of racist violence. Each of us has come to know a particular fear under him, and he draws it out of us when he wants. Muslims have learned to prepare for violence against them when the president tweets or retweets Islamophobic content. Immigrants – including legal permanent residents, for God’s sake – are being told to live in constant fear of Ice raids and immigration detention. Jewish Americans worry about attending their synagogues. Refugees are told they will be sent back.Trump waves his baton, and the racism sings.Nor is this just a matter of perception or limited to the violent acts of the extreme fringe. Reports in El Paso indicate that some people avoided seeking medical care or approaching authorities to find their loved one because of their immigration status, leading the West Texas wing of the Customs and Border Protection to tweet: “We are not conducting enforcement operations at area hospitals, the family reunification center or shelters. We stand in support of our community.”Under this president, people are now afraid to go the hospital or to go the police. We are being taught to be afraid of the very institutions that have been created to protect us.Enough of this bloody, miserable and discordant concert of death and hatred. The basic answers are not difficult. We need fewer guns. We need less racism. We need a different president. * Moustafa Bayoumi is the author of the award-winning books How Does It Feel To Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America. He is professor of English at Brooklyn College, City University of New York



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Star orbiting massive black hole lends support to Einstein's theory

Star orbiting massive black hole lends support to Einstein's theoryObservations of light coming from a star zipping in orbit around the humongous black hole at the center of our galaxy have provided fresh evidence backing Albert Einstein’s 1915 theory of general relativity, astronomers said on Thursday. Researchers studied a star called S0-2, boasting a mass roughly 10 times larger than the sun, as it travels in an elliptical orbit lasting 16 years around the supermassive black hole called Sagittarius A* residing at the center of the Milky Way 26,000 light years from Earth. The famed theoretical physicist proposed the theory, considered one of the pillars of science, to explain the laws of gravity and their relation to other natural forces.



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So, we've seen the first-ever photo of a black hole. What happens now?

So, we've seen the first-ever photo of a black hole. What happens now?Is the adventure over? No, far from it: "The researchers who captured the first-ever images of a black hole don't plan to rest on their laurels."



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So, we've seen the first-ever photo of a black hole. What happens now?

So, we've seen the first-ever photo of a black hole. What happens now?Is the adventure over? No, far from it: "The researchers who captured the first-ever images of a black hole don't plan to rest on their laurels."



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We Might Be About to See the First Ever Photo of a Black Hole

We Might Be About to See the First Ever Photo of a Black HoleAn announcement next week by the European Southern Observatory might contain the first-ever photo of a black hole's event horizon.



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We’re probably about to see the first-ever photograph of a black hole

We’re probably about to see the first-ever photograph of a black holeBlack holes are so strange that they're kind of hard to wrap your brain around. They're super-dense objects with gravitational pull so strong that nothing can escape them and, while we know they exist, astronomers have never actually photographed one. Weird, right?When it comes to spotting a black hole the distance is really what is holding humanity back. The nearest supermassive black hole to Earth is thought to be situated at the center of our Milky Way galaxy, but that's a long, long stretch for modern telescope technology. Other, smaller black holes are much closer, but still very difficult to spot.Now, researchers using a novel planet-wide imaging technique designed specifically to spot closer black holes are planning to make a major announcement, and there's really only one thing it could be.The announcement, which we believe will be the release of the first-ever images of an actual black hole, is an incredibly big deal. It's so big, in fact, that astronomers will be holding six individual press conferences to present the research in multiple countries around the world, from Belgium to Tokyo to Washington D.C., and "extensive supporting audiovisual material" will be released at the same time.The work was made possible by a network of telescopes around the world that collectively make up what is called the Event Horizon Telescope. The idea is that by combining the power of telescope positioned at different places on the planet, the team creates what is basically a virtual "Earth-sized" telescope capable of peering far deeper into the solar system than ever before.The research has been ongoing for over a decade, but as the telescope gains power it is capable of more advanced imaging, and it seems it's reached a point where capturing images of a black hole is possible.If the large astronomy team behind the work is indeed prepared to show us a real black hole for the first time it'll be an incredible day, and we can't wait to see it.



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Virginia's governor digs an even deeper hole with his 'indentured servants' comparison

Virginia's governor digs an even deeper hole with his 'indentured servants' comparisonGovernor Ralph Northam has dug himself so far into a hole I'm not sure who can rescue him.The Virginia governor is already under pressure to resign after a photo emerged of his yearbook page featuring two people, one in blackface and one dressed as a Ku Klux Klan member. The governor claimed he's not either of the people in that photo, but then admitted he once put shoe polish on his face for a Michael Jackson costume. Northam, who has so far resisted calls to resign, stirred up controversy on CBS This Morning Sunday after he initially referred to the Africans who landed on Virginia's shores hundreds of years ago as "indentured servants."SEE ALSO: Brand Twitter, please stay away from the 2020 election"We are now at the 400-year anniversary — just 90 miles from here in 1619. The first indentured servants from Africa landed on our shores in Old Point Comfort, what we call now Fort Monroe, and while — " Northam said on the show."Also known as slavery," Gayle King said, interrupting him."Yes," Northam conceded.> Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam: "We are now at the 400-year anniversary — just 90 miles from here in 1619. The first indentured servants from Africa landed on our shores in Old Point Comfort, what we call now Fort Monroe, and while–"@GayleKing: "Also known as slavery" pic.twitter.com/AiX96MU1rJ> > — CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) February 10, 2019Were Northam not in the situation he's in, this moment might have gone by unnoticed. As it is, however, the governor came under fire for seemingly minimizing this grotesque chapter of Virginia history:> Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam called Black Americans who were forcefully enslaved "indentured servants" and Gayle King had to correct him. The fact that this man was not immediately removed from office after photos of him wearing Blackface and klan attire surfaced, is beyond me pic.twitter.com/rILtVbuLJE> > — Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) February 10, 2019> What can you do with a history degree? > > A better job than Governor Northam.> > — And no I do not yield. Not one second to you. (@GilmoreGlenda) February 10, 2019> STOP IT. Resign NOW. You are incapable of leading a state when you can't call slavery slavery. Black people were ENSLAVED. This is American History 101. t.co/4aoZb9CHsk> > — Tamika D. Mallory (@TamikaDMallory) February 10, 2019> My God, it just gets worse & worse. > > Asked about this week in VA, Northam responds by referring to kidnapped, enslaved, & trafficked Africans as "indentured servants."‍♂️ > > Thank you @GayleKing for shutting that downpic.twitter.com/PpPm0xceua> > — Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@MuslimIQ) February 10, 2019> INDENTURED SERVANTS FROM AFRICA. > > I'm going back to bed> > — Imani Gandy (@AngryBlackLady) February 10, 2019> Virginia deserves a governor that knows the folks who were stolen from their land & brought to present day Virginia on cargo ships in 1619 were not "indentured servants" they were mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, leaders, warriors, elders who were captured & enslaved. SIGH> > — Symone D. Sanders (@SymoneDSanders) February 10, 2019> This a classic old white Virginia guy thing to believe — the lore is that they were indentured servants, but there are no records suggesting that. Gets back to whether he is the best person to lead "racial healing." t.co/nTiKM3cC9w> > — Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) February 10, 2019> .@GayleKing showing exactly how you interview someone. What an incredible moment. t.co/puhwsrESKK> > — Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) February 10, 2019> To add a little context, as recently as the 80s/early-90s, rural Virginia public education re: VA's history leaned heavily on the "indentured servant" narrative. I had a teacher claim VA had only a few slaves (vs other states) & a bunch of folks happily working towards freedom> > — michael raumer (@mindpivot) February 10, 2019Other journalists and critics weren't so sure that Northam committed a grand gaffe on Sunday (though no one disputes how much trouble he's created for himself generally). > Northam is in enough trouble but this isn't part of it. The early black arrivals in the British North American colonies, and likely those at Jamestown, were often given the status of indentured servants. The slave system took time to evolve in the 17th century. @GayleKing t.co/zfGNGkQl5x> > — jelani cobb (@jelani9) February 10, 2019> I'll be clear about what I mean. Northam is actually correct about indentured servants arriving in 1619. I am happy that he is learning. He needs to grasp the history. But if he stays, what policies will he enact? Virginians need him to fight systemic racism, not pass an AP exam.> > — Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) February 10, 2019> No, they're not the same thing. But I believe the first Africans brought to the colonies were given the status of indentured servants. The system later became slavery. Northam's problem isn't this statement.> > — Matthew Rosenberg (@AllMattNYT) February 10, 2019Approximately 47 percent of Virginians believe Northam should step down, according to a new poll  conducted by The Washington Post-Schar School.Northam has pledged to remain in office despite public pressure. WATCH: 'Donald' cracks the annual worst-passwords list



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