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When something explodes, you expect there to be a bright flash that subsides. This is what astrophysicists thought would happen when they observed the collision between two neutron stars last August – but contrary to expectations, it’s still continuing to brighten months after the event, leaving scientists stunned.   According to data from NASA’s Chandra
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Black hole scientists sure have been busy. At the end of last year, researchers announced that the powerful winds emanating from supermassive black holes shape entire galaxies.   Now, a new research paper has found the first observational evidence that supermassive black holes actually control the mysterious process of star formation in their galaxies. At the
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Russia has conceded that a high-profile space failure in November last year occurred because scientists programmed a rocket carrying a US$45 million weather satellite with the wrong coordinates.   In comments to Russian state TV last week, deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin admitted the Meteor-M weather satellite was effectively under the impression it had launched
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On Saturday, The New York Times and Politico independently published stories confirming that the US government had quietly funded a program to study UFOs for years. The Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program, as it’s called, “collected video and audio recordings of reported U.F.O. incidents”.   That footage includes one of an undated encounter with “an
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In February of 2016, scientists from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) announced the first-ever detection of gravitational waves. A little over a century after they were first predicted by Einstein’s theory of general relativity, we finally had proof that this phenomenon existed. In August of 2017, another major breakthrough occurred when LIGO detected waves that