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Mama Bear black hole NGC2276-3c is missing link of family tree

Black holes come in three sizes, small, medium and large. Small and large black holes have representative candidates to support black hole theory. A medium-sized candidate has been identified in a spiral galaxy 100 million light-years from Earth.

Can garlic help those with cystic fibrosis to fight infection?

A chemical compound extracted from garlic has been shown to kill the pathogenic bacteria capable of triggering life-threatening lung infections in people with cystic fibrosis.

Report says air pollution killing thousands in Europe each year

The European Environment Agency (EEA) released a major report Tuesday slamming the continent's slow movement on air pollution and predicting thousands more premature deaths in Europe as a result. The report also said many positive steps have been taken.

Bacteria are small, but how about ultra-small bacteria?

Microbiologists have captured in-depth microscopy images of ultra-small bacteria. These are the smallest bacteria ever identified.

Dark matter may be inside Sun driving its processes

Scientists believe that dark matter may be present deep inside the sun's interior and could be responsible for processes in the solar body, which astronomers have so far been unable to explain.

Astronauts complete 3 spacewalks, fix ISS for future space taxis

NASA astronauts Terry Virts and Barry Wilmore completed a series of three spacewalks that began on February 22, to prepare the International Space Station (ISS) for future "space taxis."

New polymer allows beer quality to be tested quickly

Beer, milk and juices need to be tested regularly in order to assess the quality of the drinks, especially to see if they are suitable for human consumption. A new polymer powder has been invented to help make this process more efficient.

Ancient Atlantic algae provides part of climate change jig-saw

Aarhus - Analysis of ancient sea sediments by researchers based in Denmark demonstrates that the Sun’s impact on Earth’s climate isn’t constant over time but affects climate more when the Earth is cooler.

Cornell University: In case of zombie attack — head for the hills

Ithaca - Drawing on Max Brooks’ World War Z, an apocalyptic horror romp in a world struggling to combat a zombie plague, Cornell University researchers examining disease modeling sought out the best refuge to preserve their brains from the undead.

New mechanism found for blocking HIV

A synthetic antibody has been developed. The antibody, based on laboratory tests, prevented infection in four monkeys injected with heavy doses of the HIV virus.

The key to bigger brains is in the DNA

Scientists have identified a human DNA element that spurs nerve growth and brain growth when placed in mice. The consequences are that the larger brain might have a greater memory capacity.

Life may exist on Titan, but not like anything we know

A team of scientists from Cornell University believe that oxygen-free, methane-based life forms could exist on Titan. Such life forms would be unlike anything we know on Earth and live in conditions, which nothing in our biosphere could endure.

The loss of women from science has slowed down

A new study indicates that academic science no longer loses more women than men. Science, engineering and medical fields are losing male and female scientists equally.

How the mantis shrimp evolved many shapes but kept knockout punch

The mantis shrimp is the pint-sized Muhammad Ali of the world's oceans. The cigar-sized pugilist can deliver an explosive 60 mph punch that's the equivalent of a bullet leaving the barrel of a gun.

Surgeon says first head transplant could be only 2 years away

Italian surgeon Sergio Canavero predicts that he will be ready to carry out the first head transplant in just two years from now. He says the various medical techniques already exist and he only has to bring them together to succeed.

Total eclipse of the sun will be seen over Europe on March 20

London - Europe will experience a major solar eclipse event on the morning of 20 March. The eclipse of the sun by the moon to be seen across Europe will be the biggest solar eclipse event on the continent since August 1999.

Baby born without heartbeat for 8 minutes is now doing well

The Daily Mail in the U.K. had a heartwarming story this week about a now-healthy five-month-old baby boy, who came into this world without a heartbeat. He was for all intents and purposes dead for the first eight minutes of his life.

Baby woolly rhino, 10,000 years old, found in Siberian permafrost

Yakutsk - A baby woolly rhinoceros, believed to be 10,000 years old, has been discovered well-preserved in Siberian permafrost. The discovery is causing excitement because it is the first time that an infant specimen of the extinct species has been found.

Monster ancient black hole discovered at dawn of time

Tucson - An international team of astronomers recently found an ultraluminous quasar, the brightest in the early universe, powered by the most massive black hole yet discovered.
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