Massive black hole that ‘should not even exist’ has been discovered
Nov29

Massive black hole that ‘should not even exist’ has been discovered

A black hole with a mass 70 times greater than the Sun was discovered, leaving scientists stunned. “Black holes of such mass should not even exist in our Galaxy, according to most of the current models of stellar evolution,” Professor Jifeng Liu, who led the team at the Chinese Academy of Sciences that made the discovery, said in a statement. Scientists previously believed that the mass of an individual stellar black hole...

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How these birds use ‘passwords’
Nov17

How these birds use ‘passwords’

This is an Inside Science story. (Inside Science) — Most songbirds learn to sing by copying songs they hear around them. But young brown-headed cowbirds face a problem: they aren’t raised by their own kind. Female cowbirds lay their eggs in the nests of more than 100 different kinds of birds, foisting the work of chick-rearing onto unwitting foster-parents. Now, a new paper describes how the cowbird chicks may learn to...

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We’re recycling but garbage keeps piling up: What you may not know about recycling
Nov17

We’re recycling but garbage keeps piling up: What you may not know about recycling

When Chip Britting celebrated the first Earth Day in April 1970, the then-teenager saw recycling as a promising industry and went on to create a community-led recycling center in Phelps, New York with his teacher. Now, 50 years later, some are calling the efficacy of recycling into question as landfills keep growing with items people put into blue and green bins. The system is complicated by a number of issues the recycling public may...

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Motorola bringing back its iconic Razr flip phone in 2020
Nov14

Motorola bringing back its iconic Razr flip phone in 2020

Motorola is it is bringing back its iconic Razr flip phone in 2020, but with a price tag of $1,500. The phone that was the envy of every teen in the early 2000s will still possess the satisfying flip feature, but this time with a 6.2” touch screen that can close itself in half. The revamped phone will also feature two displays: meaning you can view and respond to notifications, take pictures and more while the phone is folded...

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Girls sweep top awards at national STEM contest for middle schoolers
Nov11

Girls sweep top awards at national STEM contest for middle schoolers

At a national science and engineering competition for middle school students, girls took home all five top awards for the first time this year. The Broadcom MASTERS, or Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars, is an annual competition run by the Society for Science & the Public in partnership with the nonprofit Broadcom Foundation. The top winners were announced in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 29. Thirty...

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