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Researchers Spot Massive Black Hole In Double ‘Burp’

Enlarge this image Image of galaxy SDSS J1354+1327 (lower center) and its companion galaxy SDSS J1354+1328 (upper right). The inset panel to the right is a four-color image that combines Hubble exposures with Chandra X-ray observations. NASA , ESA, and J. Comerford (University of Colorado-Boulder) hide caption toggle caption NASA , ESA, and J. Comerford (University of Colorado-Boulder) A giant black hole located at the center of a galaxy 800 million light years from Earth has been caught on camera letting out not one, but two massive “burps” of highly…

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Weather Hampers Efforts To Put Out Tanker Blaze In East China Sea

Enlarge this image In this photo provided by Korea Coast Guard, the Panama-registered tanker Sanchi is seen ablaze after a collision with a Hong Kong-registered freighter off China’s eastern coast on Sunday. AP hide caption toggle caption AP Bad weather is hampering efforts to contain a fire and oil spill off the coast of Shanghai three days after a collision between an Iranian-owned oil tanker and a Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier in the East China Sea. The Panamanian-flagged tanker, Sanchi, is carrying 136,000 tons of condensate, an ultra-light version of…

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U.S. Spy Satellite Reportedly ‘Write Off’ After Failing To Reach Orbit

Enlarge this image A SpaceX Falcon9 rocket blasts off the launch pad in Feb. 2015, carrying the NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory spacecraft. The same type of rocket attempted to place a U.S. spy satellite in orbit on Sunday. Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images A top-secret multi-billion dollar U.S. spy satellite launched from Cape Canaveral on Sunday reportedly failed to separate from the upper stage of its SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and never reached orbit. The technology website Ars Technica cites…

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SpaceX Rocket Launches Secret Government Payload Into Orbit

Enlarge this image A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft await liftoff from NASA Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A in Cape Canaveral, Fla., in August. Kim Shiflett/AP hide caption toggle caption Kim Shiflett/AP SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched a top secret U.S. government satellite into orbit, while returning its first-stage booster to the ground for reuse. The Falcon lifted off at 8 p.m. ET from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. As the first-stage of the Falcon returned to Earth for an upright landing, the upper stage lofted…

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Cold Casualties: Sharksicles And Frozen Iguanas

In Florida, it’s raining iguanas. And in Cape Cod, sharksicles are washing ashore. The unusual cold that has slammed the U.S. East Coast is wreaking havoc with wildlife, particularly the cold-blooded variety. As one no doubt remembers from grade-school science class, reptiles and fish take heat from their environment – when it is warm enough, all is well, but if it gets too cold, you can expect scenes like this. Social media has been flooded with reports of downed iguanas. Suddenly immobilized by the near-freezing temperatures, in their catatonic state…

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Winter Storm Could Bring Snow And Sleet To U.S. East Coast

Enlarge this image People pose for photographs in front of a frozen water fountain at Bryant Park, Thursday, Dec. 28, in New York. Frank Franklin II/AP hide caption toggle caption Frank Franklin II/AP If you live anywhere along the U.S. East Coast, brace yourself for what is about to come: the already named Winter Storm Grayson – a nor’easter that forecasters are calling a “bomb cyclone.” Even so, how much the storm affects the coast is contingent on a number of factors, most notably how far out to sea it…

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