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Weekend Links: Sharks are Afraid of Killer Whales, the Science of Frying Eggs on the Sidewalk , and more

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Weekend Links: the Birth of Sesame Street, an Algorithm that Predicts Hollywood Success, the Limits to Human Endurance and More

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Weekend Links: Tidying Up Is Good for Your Brain, What Scientists Learned When They Strapped Video Cameras to Cats and More

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Weekend Links: the Beauty of Bees, Ink Made from Air Pollution, Bad Moods Are Contagious Among Ravens and More

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Weekend Links: Tweaking a Gene with CRISPR Reversed the Spiral of a Snail Shell, Escaped Pet Parrots Are Doing Great in the Wild and More

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Weekend Links: The History of Dragons, the Miracles of Penguin Poop, the Complexities of Scallop Eyes and More

Bored and Lonely? Blame Your Phone. Sean Illing writing for Vox Most people assume social media is making us more narcissistic, more compulsive, and lonelier. But is that really true? In Antarctica, Where Penguins Poop, Life Blooms Lacy Schley writing for Discover Blog Penguins love company — some colonies of the flightless bird boast numbers […]

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Weekend Links: The Quest for the Color Blue, an Antidote for One of the World’s Most Venomous Creatures and More

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Weekend Links: Real-life Supersuits, Bug Poop Could Be the Secret to Good Sourdough and More

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Weekend Links: We Might All Have Synesthesia, How Female Parakeets Look for Intelligent Mates and More

The Right Way to Use a Public Bathroom (to Avoid Getting Sick) Melinda Wenner Moyer writing for The New York Times What, if anything, can we do to minimize our exposure to germs when we have to relieve ourselves in public? I called a handful of experts — it’s fun to ask total strangers about […]

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The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) — a planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes forged through international collaboration — was designed to capture images of a black hole. In coordinated press conferences across the globe, EHT researchers revealed that they succeeded, unveiling the first direct visual evidence of the supermassive black hole in the centre of Messier 87 and its shadow. The shadow of a black hole seen here is the closest we can come to an image of the black hole itself, a completely dark object from which light cannot escape. The black hole’s boundary — the event horizon from which the EHT takes its name — is around 2.5 times smaller than the shadow it casts and measures just under 40 billion km across. While this may sound large, this ring is only about 40 microarcseconds across — equivalent to measuring the length of a credit card on the surface of the Moon. Although the telescopes making up the EHT are not physically connected, they are able to synchronize their recorded data with atomic clocks — hydrogen masers — which precisely time their observations. These observations were collected at a wavelength of 1.3 mm during a 2017 global campaign. Each telescope of the EHT produced enormous amounts of data – roughly 350 terabytes per day – which was stored on high-performance helium-filled hard drives. These data were flown to highly specialised supercomputers — known as correlators — at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy and MIT Haystack Observatory to be combined. They were then painstakingly converted into an image using novel computational tools developed by the collaboration.

Weekend Links: Our Brains Are Getting Smaller, the Secret Code of Sea Shells, the Proper Way to Nap and More

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