An international team of astronomers unveiled the first image of Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy, taken with the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) global radio telescope network and the glowing donut-shaped ring of gas surrounding the black hole, which is four million times more massive than our Sun. Drivers of black sports cars with heavily tinted windows hope this technology never gets into the hands of the people making traffic speed cams.
For the first time, researchers from the John A. Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah were able to revive dead light-sensing neuron cells in organ donor eyes and restore communication between them – a development that could one day lead to reviving and regenerating dead cells in the central nervous system. Is this the opening scene of a zombie movie or a Frankenstein remake?
Cyclone Asani uncovered a mysterious gold-colored chariot at Sunnapalli Sea Harbour in Andhra Pradesh, India, that the people dragging it ashore were convinced would make them rich and famous even though it was made of gold-painted tin and had 16-1-2022 inscribed on it. Those who fish know guys always brag that anything they catch is bigger than reality.
Seven feet tall statues of men resembling boxers with emotionless faces dating back nearly 3,000 years to the Nuragic culture have been uncovered in a Sardinian necropolis and archeologists suspect they were once guardians of the necropolis that were mysteriously broken apart by either enemies of the Nuragics or the Nuragics themselves in some sort of internal conflict. Proving once again that height doesn’t help in boxing.
Speleologists and spelunkers in southern China rappelled to the bottom of a massive sinkhole and found a forest ancient trees 131 feet tall growing at the bottom which they suspect may be home to previously undiscovered plants and sinkhole-dwelling creatures. “Been there, done that,” said people who live in basement apartments.
Astronaut Tom Marshburn has flown in NASA’s Space Shuttle, SpaceX’s capsule and Russia’s Soyuz and says they all feel more or less the same during launch and while re-entering the atmosphere because of simple physics, but the Shuttle had the smoothest landing and re-entry in general was “tons of fun.” He may be the only person in the world to get bored on a roller coaster.
A nano gear built by a team at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) is comprised of only a few atoms, making it the world's smallest energy powered gear wheel with corresponding counterpart that can also be actively controlled and driven. Not surprisingly, the nano gears were stripped by an engineer who didn’t know how to drive a stick. (Ask your grandpa.)
Liars beware – a new study found that adding additional tasks for a suspect to perform during a lie detector test uses up cognitive energy that a liar needs to hide the truth and makes them more likely to be exposed as a liar. Does this work if the suspect is one of those people who can ride a unicycle while juggling?
Archeologists in Heresfordshire, England, brought in to search an area where a football pitch was to be built found a 2,000-year-old ancient Roman service station where travelers could purchase food, stay at an inn, worship at a temple and get wagon repairs done by a blacksmith. Some things never change – it appears the price of horse feed was rising due to a Roman war somewhere.
World renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall is the star of a commercial for Boody, an Australian underwear company whose products are made from organically grown, Forest Stewardship Council-certified sustainable bamboo – the ad shows models in their underwear but not Dr. Goodall. That must have been a huge disappointment to chimps everywhere.