The consumption of stars by supermassive black holes which lie at the centre of most galaxies is believed to be a fairly common event in the Universe, but astronomers have been unable to observe such proceedings unfold. That was until recently. It was revealed today that scientists at Astrophysical Institute of Andalusia in Granada, Spain have used two specialised telescopes to observe the violent event in its full glory.
According to a landmark study published in Nature on 13/065/18, Antartica has lost an incredible 2.7 trillion tonnes of ice since 1992. The study further suggests that if climate change continues unchecked such ice-loss could begin to reshape Earth’s coastlines.
In a week mostly dominated by NASA’s announcement of the discovery of organic molecules on Mars, some other important science stories may have slipped under the radar. In the Science Dispatches for the first week of June 2018; a possible breakthrough in the treatment of cancer, the self-consuming rocket and counting bees.
This week sees the release of the fifth entry in the highly successful Jurassic Park film franchise, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. A film-series once credited for its accurate depiction of dinosaurs still resists depicting some dinosaurs as feathered rather than scaled. Is it time that the series presented a more accurate representation of these prehistoric species rather than the generic reptilian movie monsters audiences are more comfortable with?
The science dispatches for the week ending 03/05/18 collecting the most interesting and important science news for the final week in May including potential signs of intermediate black holes, an exciting breakthrough in artificial nerves, interesting developments in Pluto’s origins and how to own your own Allosaurus.
Collecting the most important and interesting science stories for a frankly bizarre week in science, including alien octopus origins refuted, a US Senator who thinks ‘falling rocks’ are responsible or rising sea levels and the American President that doesn’t know the difference between HPV and HIV.
Collecting the most important and interesting science news for the second week of May 2018, including North Korea’s mountain of a nuclear problem, volcano Kilauea continues to wreak havoc on Hawaii’s Big Island, NASA’s carbon monitoring activities are quietly killed and research points to the use of light-sails to spearhead a new age of space exploration.
May 11th, 2018 marks what would have been the hundredth birthday of theoretical physicist Richard Feynman. Many physicists name Feynman, who passed away in February 1988, as their primary inspiration in the field and science enthusiasts all over the world frequently quote Feynman’s wit and blunt wisdom. According to a poll of scientists conducted by Physics World in 1999, Feynman was amongst the top ten physicists sharing acclaim with Einstein, Galileo and Newton. But what is it about the man that captivates so many?
April 25th was an important day for astronomers as it marked the release of a massive set of data from the European Space Agency’s Gaia probe. But for Ken Shan and his team, the data presented a unique opportunity to support a hypothesis regarding the cause of Type Ia Supernovas and possible extra-galactic intruders.