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Black Hole ‘Missing Link’ May Have Been Discovered In The Milky Way

Of the many enigmatic objects in our cosmos, there are none more shrouded in mystery than black holes. These objects, formed as a result of gravitational collapse of massive stars, are regions where space-time is so warped that not even light can escape their gravitational wells.

Most galaxies have one “supermassive” black hole in their heart, and until now, only a handful of galaxies harboring two black holes have been observed.

Now, just days after researchers at the University of Colorado in the U.S. said that they had spotted a double black hole-toting galaxy far, far away, a team of Japanese researchers, led by Tomoharu Oka, a professor at Keio University in Japan, claim to have done the same closer home. In a statement released Friday, the researchers said that they had detected signs of a black hole with a mass of 100,000 times the mass of the Sun near the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way.


Pee Powered Socks Invented By UK Scientists

Scientists with the University of the West of England have invented hi-tech urine powered socks capable of wirelessly transmitting a message and according to their inventors, they could be used to transmit their wearer’s location in the case of an emergency.

Relying entirely on human resources–urine for fuel and footsteps for pump–certainly has its advantage as the entire system is 100% self-sufficient. In order to pull off this feat, the socks are embedded with fresh urine activated miniaturized microbial fuel cells (MFC) – 24 to be exact. As the wearer walks around, the MFCs, which act as miniature batteries, are charged by the urine circulating around them.

Lead researcher Ioannis Ieropoulos, PhD, a professor of bio-energy and self-sustainable systems at the University of the West of England’s Bristol Robotics Laboratory, was quoted by The Telegraph as having said that after demonstrating the piss powered phone, he and his colleagues were curious to find whether or not they “could replicate this success in wearable technology.”



Dinosaurs evolved with shocking speed, study finds

A new study suggests that dinosaurs might have evolved more rapidly than we'd thought, emerging less than 5 million years after so-called "pre-dinosaurs" hit the scene. That shaves about 10 million years off the previous evolutionary time line.

The paper published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences revisits the age of some important early dinosaur fossils.

The researchers, led by University of Buenos Aires paleontologist Claudia Marsicano, suggest that these vital fossils - found in the Chañares Formation in Argentina - have previously been misdated.

The Chañares is important because it features fossils from dinosaurs as well as dinosauromorphs from earlier in evolutionary history, so researchers can track their evolutionary time line.

Similar to dinosaurs

These dinosauromorphs were generally on the small side, but otherwise quite similar to the dinosaurs we're all familiar with - with a few important exceptions. Most notably, the earlier creatures lacked the ball-and-socket hips of later dinosaurs. While they coexisted for millions of years, true dinosaurs would eventually outcompete their predecessors.


A Python Died After Eating A Porcupine And The Photos Are Incredible

Python ate porcupineEver spot something cool while you were on a bike ride? Probably nothing quite as interesting as this massive python that was spotted by a cyclist on June 14th. The snake, engorged nearly to the point of immobility by a mystery animal that bulged in its gut, was spotted next to a trail in the Lake Eland Game Reserve in South Africa.

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Texas: Fracking Processes Don't Cause Earthquakes | The Daily Caller

Texas commissioners unanimously agreed in a recent hearing that fracking processes didn’t cause several small earthquakes last year.

Scientists and lawmakers are, once again, countering myths promoted by environmentalists that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is causing earthquakes around America.



Mega-shark teeth wash ashore in North Carolina (+video) -

Recent storms and high tides have unearthed a prehistoric marvel on the coast of North Carolina. 

Fossilized shark teeth, some as big as an adult hand, have been plucked from the sand by beachgoers in North Topsail Beach and Surf City, North Carolina, NBC-affiliate WITN first reported.

The teeth are immense and immensely old: Researchers say the teeth once belonged to a Megalodon, the largest shark ever to live. Megalodon went extinct some 2.6 million years ago.


This Brave Elephant Took The Ultimate Risk For Her Baby - Fuzzfix Slideshow

Elephant crocWhen approaching a water hole, a surprise attack by a hungry crocodile is every thirsty animal’s worst nightmare.

Unfortunately for this female elephant, that nightmare became a reality when a ferocious crocodile sprung from the water at the Luangwa River in the South Luangwa National Park.'

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Turtle Discovery: Ancient Pig-Nosed 'Bacon Turtle' From Utah Is Unlike Anything Scientists Have Seen Before (VIDEO) : Science : Headlines & Global News

TurtleScientists discovered the fossil of a 76-million-year-old extinct species of pig-snouted turtle in Utah.

The incredible new species is unlike any pig-snouted turtle known to science, the University of Utah reported.


This Fearless Lion Made The Ultimate Sacrifice For Her Cubs-Fuzzfix

Fearless lionWhen it comes to protecting their young, lions can be one of the most fiercely protective predators in the animal kingdom.

These dramatic pictures show the moment one selfless mother lioness went above and beyond for her cubs.



Mars Rover Finds Gale Crater was Once a Big Lake : Discovery News

About the time that life was taking hold on Earth, Mars not only had the ingredients for life as well, but long-lived lakes that could support it, new research from NASA’s Curiosity rover team shows.

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Analysis of sediments and geologic features found in the rover’s Gale Crater landing site show that the basin periodically filled with water that lasted for hundreds or even thousands of years. Previously, the rover discovered evidence of an ancient shallow lake and streams.

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“You have a deep hole, filled with water that is stable,” which indicates that Mars must have had a denser atmosphere at that point in its history than can be explained by current computer models, geologist John Grotzinger, with the California Institute of Technology, told Discovery News.

“It also means that other places were wet as well,” he added.