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Birth of a black hole or neutron star captured for first time

A Northwestern University-led international team is getting closer to understanding the mysteriously bright object that burst in the northern sky this summer. On June 17, the ATLAS survey’s twin telescopes in Hawaii found a spectacularly bright anomaly 200 million light years away in the Hercules constellation. Dubbed AT2018cow or “The ...

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Explosive birth of stars swells galactic cores

Astronomers found that active star formation upswells galaxies, like yeast helps bread rise. Using three powerful telescopes on the ground and in orbit, they observed galaxies from 11 billion years ago and found explosive formation of stars in the cores of galaxies. This suggests that galaxies can change their own ...

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The Death and Birth of the American Dam

In two very different parts of North America, two rivers are being transformed. Over the past six years, engineers have steadily corralled the Reventazón River in eastern Costa Rica behind a 130-meter-high dam, completed as of the end of March. Once it’s fully online later this year, the Reventazón dam ...

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Triangles in the Sky Tell the Story of the Universe’s Birth

Once upon a time, about 13.8 billion years ago, our universe sprang from a quantum speck, ballooning to one million trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion times its initial volume (by some estimates) in less than a billionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second. It then continued ...

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Zika causes microcephaly and other birth defects, CDC concludes

Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have concluded, after careful review of existing evidence, that Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects. In the report published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the CDC authors describe a rigorous weighing ...

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CDC Sees Birth Defects in Pregnant US Travelers With Zika

A molecular model of the Zika virus. Science Source When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued its first warning about Zika in January, the agency encouraged pregnant women to avoid areas like Brazil where the virus is endemic. But the question of whether the infection in pregnant women is ...

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