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These are the first massive black holes from the early universe

These are the first massive black holes from the early universe

More than 13 billion years after they formed, distant massive black holes from the early universe are revealing themselves. The light that was released to create them is now reaching our telescopes. But that left scientists with a conundrum: How did they form so quickly when the universe was young? Black holes take time to…MORE

This collision made life possible on Earth, study says

This collision made life possible on Earth, study says

Earth didn’t exactly start out ready to support life, but scientists now have a better idea of how the essential elements for life ended up on our planet, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances. Something had to deliver the vast majority of carbon, nitrogen, sulfur, hydrogen and other elements, known…MORE

Could World Youth Day in Panama give the Pope a boost?

Could World Youth Day in Panama give the Pope a boost?

World Youth Day in Panama is supposed to be about young people, from all over the globe, celebrating their Catholic faith with the Pope. But this year, it’s happening during arguably the greatest crisis of Pope Francis’ pontificate and of the modern-day Catholic Church. The gathering is taking place January 22-27 in Panama City, with…MORE

Saturn’s rings haven’t always been there

Saturn’s rings haven’t always been there

While Saturn’s rings may disappear in less than 100 million years because gravity is pulling them into the planet, apparently they haven’t always surrounded the planet, either. The finding was published in the journal Science on Thursday. When NASA’s Cassini spacecraft plunged into the planet’s atmosphere to end its 20-year mission in 2017, it dived…MORE

The climate change winners and losers in Antarctica’s animal kingdom

The climate change winners and losers in Antarctica’s animal kingdom

Climate change creates many “losers” on this planet, but there could be a few “winners” in the animal kingdom, too, according to a new study in Thursday’s Frontiers in Marine Science. The polar oceans are currently “amongst the most rapidly changing environments on Earth,” because of the ongoing and future threat of climate change. That’s…MORE

Antarctica ice melt has accelerated by 280% in the last 4 decades

Antarctica ice melt has accelerated by 280% in the last 4 decades

A pair of new studies released on Monday share a same ominous message — that our planet’s ice is melting at an alarming rate, which is bad news for global sea levels. According to a study led by Eric Rignot from the University of California at Irvine, which looked at details of ice and snow…MORE

Our galaxy is due for a catastrophic collision, study says

Our galaxy is due for a catastrophic collision, study says

While astronomers estimate that the Andromeda galaxy will collide with our own Milky Way galaxy 8 billion years from now, they now believe that another collision will happen even sooner. The Large Magellanic Cloud will catastrophically collide with the Milky Way in 2 billion years, according to a study published this month in the Monthly…MORE