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The fastest growing black hole as large as 34 billion suns

The fastest-growing black hole ever observed has been assigned an approximate weight, tipping the scale to 34 billion times the mass of the sun. The researchers who have estimated its weight also say it continues to grow and eat a sun’s value of matter per day. On top of claiming these Mondo stats, the gorging monster can also help unlock …

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Researchers are effectively dissociating water with new catalysts

Research in a chemistry laboratory at the University of Oregon has advanced the efficiency of the catalytic water dissociation reaction in bipolar membranes. A three-member team used a membrane electrode assembly in which the bipolar polymer membrane is compressed between two rigid porous electrodes, enabling them to make a large number of bipolar membranes with different water dissociation catalyst layers. …

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Boeing Just Powered Up NASA’s most powerful rocket ever

Power Up Boeing staff in Mississippi just launched the core of the super-heavy space rocket (SLS) rocket it is building for NASA, which is intended to launch huge amounts of hardware to be used in upcoming Artemis missions to the moon, and after the eventual Mars. “It’s very rewarding,” Boeing CEO Mark Nappi told Space.com about the test. “This is …

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This new, super-neat way to map our solar system is central to helping detect monster hole crashes

Astronomers have found a way to determine our solar system’s mass center to just 100 meters (according to a new study). Such precision – the equivalent of the width of a human hair on a football pitch – can significantly help the search for powerful gravitational waves that warp our MILKY WAY, said study team members. Astronomers have usually located …

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Commercial launch of the industry to start slowly in 2020

WASHINGTON – The first half of 2020 has been sluggish for the commercial launch industry, but the problems can’t be explained solely by the coronavirus pandemic. According to statistics compiled by space News, there were 45 orbital launch attempts in the first half of 2020, including four unsuccessful launches. That would put the overall launch industry in line with 90 …

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How to look at “buck moon” lunar eclipse this weekend

Look for a slightly darker part of the moon on July 4 and 5. NASA Those celebrating Independence Day in the US this year can enjoy a heavenly bonus. A “buck moon” lunar eclipse is set for the night of July 4 and the morning of July 5, depending on where you are. The eclipse will be visible in most …

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How to look at “buck moon” lunar eclipse this weekend

Look for a slightly darker part of the moon on July 4 and 5. NASA Those celebrating Independence Day in the US this year can enjoy a heavenly bonus. A “buck moon” lunar eclipse is set for the night of July 4 and the morning of July 5, depending on where you are. The eclipse will be visible in most …

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A special place on earth gets colder instead of warmer

Cold shoulder All in all, the earth gets warmer at an alarming rate – which, according to an overwhelming majority of climate scientists, is probably the result of greenhouse gas emissions. That is why it is so interesting Mashable points out in a fascinating new story that a place in the middle of the Atlantic seems to get colder every …

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Crystal structure discovered almost 200 years ago could hold the key to solar cell revolution

Perovskite structure. Credit: John Labram, Oregon State University. Solar energy researchers at Oregon State University shine their scientific spotlight on materials with a crystal structure that was discovered nearly two centuries ago. Not all materials with the structure, known as perovskites, are semiconductors. But perovskites based on a metal and a halogen are, and they have enormous potential as photovoltaic …

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