Supernova remnant 1987A continues to reveal its secrets
A team of astronomers led by the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) have succeeded in observing the death throws of a giant star in unprecedented detail.
Black bears: Here, gone, and back again
A new study from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) has pieced together the last 150 years of history for one of the state's most interesting denizens: the ...
'Sideline quasars' helped to stifle early galaxy formation
University of Colorado Boulder astronomers targeting one of the brightest quasars glowing in the universe some 11 billion years ago say "sideline quasars" likely teamed up with it to heat abundant helium ...
In Queensland, it matters if you're black or white
Black passengers face clear discrimination on Brisbane buses, a study from The University of Queensland School of Economics has shown.
Black hole-star pair orbiting at dizzying speed (w/ video)
(Phys.org) —ESA's XMM-Newton space telescope has helped to identify a star and a black hole that orbit each other at the dizzying rate of once every 2.4 hours, smashing the previous record by nearly an ...
Peering into a gateway opened 50 years ago
Saturday marked the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the quasar - an extremely bright object powered by matter falling into a super-massive black hole lying in the heart of a galaxy.
London rail workers find likely plague burial pit (Update)
Workers digging a new railway line in London have uncovered what they believe is a burial ground containing victims of the Black Death—a plague that wiped out as much as half of London's inhabitants when ...
Researchers find it would require 2.4 times less energy to create a black hole than thought
Astrophysicist calls on colleagues to develop better models to explain quasars
Monarch butterflies drop ominously in Mexico (Update)
The number of Monarch butterflies making it to their winter refuge in Mexico dropped 59 percent this year, falling to the lowest level since comparable record-keeping began 20 years ago, scientists reported ...
After another near miss, professor wants to find asteroids that threaten Earth
(Phys.org) —On Saturday, an asteroid the size of one and a half football fields flew within 240,000 miles of Earth. If the space rock had hit land, it would have leveled an area the size of San Francisco ...
X-ray snapshots: From big black holes to tiny viruses
Cameras designed for capturing black holes are now exploring a new frontier: they are helping us to get up close to viruses on Earth, opening the door to solving medical problems.
Extremely rare triple quasar found
(Phys.org) —For only the second time in history, a team of scientists—including Carnegie's Michele Fumagalli—have discovered an extremely rare triple quasar system. Their work is published by Monthly No ...