Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Speaking of Science: A big day for science

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The first photo of a black hole, taken using a global network of telescopes. (Event Horizon Telescope/National Science Foundation)

Today was a tremendous day for science. We had a twofer: the first black hole pic (definitely!) and a new human species (probably!).

Speaking about the new species, and how it arrived at a Pacific island, anthropologist John Hawks told me, "Our genus is like a shape-shifter. We get into these new places and we can find ways to live there." He imagined that primitive humans sought out distant shores, perhaps following the smell of land or the sight of birds.

We haven't stopped seeking, as today's other discovery shows. Our shores are just a little farther and a little stranger.


Bones discovered in an island cave may be a new human species
The group of human species includes Neanderthals, ourselves and, scientists say, a unusual sort of oddball named Homo luzonensis.
See a black hole for the first time in a historic image from the Event Horizon Telescope
The black hole is at the center of Messier 87, the largest galaxy we know of, about 54 million light-years away.
A brief history of black holes as we await the big reveal from the Event Horizon Telescope
Theorized but never imaged directly, black holes may finally be ready for their close-up.
As seas rise, the U.N. explores a bold plan: Floating cities
Buoyant platforms that can weather cyclones and climate change could provide room for crowded coastal cities to grow.
This heavy metal mini planet survived the death of its star
It's a fate that awaits almost all solar systems -- including our own.
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Breakthrough discovery in astronomy: press conference

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10 April 2019

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) — a planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes forged through international collaboration — was designed to capture images of a black hole. Today, in coordinated press conferences across the globe, EHT researchers reveal that they have succeeded, unveiling the first direct visual evidence of a supermassive black hole and its shadow.

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10 April 2019

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