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Monster black hole that 'should not exist' discovered in the Milky Way - CNET
Scientists are baffled by a huge black hole found on the other side of our home galaxy.

Meet the bone-crunching dinosaur that replaced its teeth every two months - CNN
A species of carnivorous dinosaur that once roamed Madagascar 70 million years ago was so tough on its teeth that they needed to be replaced frequently, according to a new study.

NASA Supercomputer Simulates the Weather on Mars - Universe Today
The Martian atmosphere is a lot different than Earth’s. It’s over 95% carbon dioxide, and contains only trace amounts of oxygen and water vapor. But that trace amount of water vapor still plays a pronounced role in the climate. NASA is very interested in Mars…

Study: Our universe may be part of a giant quantum computer - The Next Web
A pair of physicists from Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University (IKBFU) in Russia recently proposed an entirely new of view the cosmos. Their research takes the wacky idea that we're ...

This Is Our Best Glimpse Yet of an Interstellar Comet - Gizmodo
A telescope in Hawaii has captured a close-up view of comet 2l/Borisov—only the second known interstellar visitor to our Solar System.

This robot scientist has conducted 100,000 experiments in a year - TechCrunch
Science is exciting in theory, but it can also be dreadfully dull. Some experiments require hundreds or thousands of repetitions or trials — an excellent opportunity to automate. That's just what MIT scientists have done, creating a robot that performs a cert…

The Placenta 'Invades' the Uterus in the Same Way Cancer Invades the Body -
The way human pregnancy works may make us more prone to malignant cancer than cows or horses.

A new theory for how black holes and neutron stars shine bright -
For decades, scientists have speculated about the origin of the electromagnetic radiation emitted from celestial regions that host black holes and neutron stars—the most mysterious objects in the universe.

Scientists now know what DNA's chaperone looks like - Phys.Org
It's long been known that the proteins that package DNA, like students at a high school dance, require a chaperone. But what exactly that guardian looks and acts like has been a mystery—until now.

This Newly Discovered Cretaceous Mammal Had Really Freaky Ears - Gizmodo
Paleontologists in China have discovered the fossilized remains of a rodent-like creature that featured an auditory system unlike anything seen before.

Back to the future: The original time crystal makes a comeback - Science Magazine
System that inexorably loops in time may remain practically unachievable, however

E. coli bacteria engineered to eat carbon dioxide -
Feat could turn bacteria into biological factories for energy and even food.

Why do we freeze when startled? New study in flies points to serotonin -
A Columbia University study in fruit flies has identified serotonin as a chemical that triggers the body's startle response, the automatic deer-in-the-headlights reflex that freezes the body momentarily in response to a potential threat. Today's study reveals…

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