In the modern space age, when we're planning future habitats on Mars and sending space probes out past the distant reaches of our solar system, it's amazing to think there's still so much we don't know about space. And black holes represent that great unknown in a nutshell. But it's always been reassuring to know that, while most of us don't have degrees in astrophysics, the smartest minds on the planet were mostly in the dark on black holes like the rest of us. Until now. This week, a team of scientists across the world working for the Event Horizons Telescope revealed the first ever image of a black hole. And while it might look like a blurry orange ring (or a lo-fi Firefox logo), the implications are mind-blowing. Not only because we can use this data to further explore Einstein's general theory of relativity. Not only because we can study black holes more closely and work out how the laws of physics break down at their center. Not only because it opens the door to more images and … [Read more...] about Black holes just got a little less mysterious, and we got to share the moment
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A MYSTERIOUS "dark energy event" billions of years ago may have sped up the universe – and could rewrite history as we know it. Scientists now believe that the dark forces are changing the speed of the universe's expansion, which might mean humanity isn't destined for complete destruction. We've known for years that the universe is expanding – and could one day rip everything apart and make life impossible. But there's a mystery puzzling astronomers the world over: the universe seems to be expanding faster than it should be, by about 9%. Now astronomers from the John Hopkins University have concocted a theory why, the New York Times reports. They believe that a strange event in the early universe sped up the expansion – and may be happening again right now. Hidden in the current universe is a force field called dark energy, which has a speeding-up effect on the expansion of the cosmos. Some scientists believe this dark energy might be getting stronger and denser, … [Read more...] about Ancient ‘dark energy event’ could rewrite history of universe – and even SAVE humanity
How did the Tesco accounting scandal unfold and who are the trio in court? BelfastTelegraph.co.uk News of Tesco’s accounting scandal sent shockwaves through the City in 2014 and raised serious questions over how a FTSE 100 firm could get away with “cooking the books”. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/uk-world/how-did-the-tesco-accounting-scandal-unfold-and-who-are-the-trio-in-court-37740915.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/article37740916.ece/b17ec/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_a304d679-3431-40b8-9558-d1c4a59b8842_1 Email News of Tesco’s accounting scandal sent shockwaves through the City in 2014 and raised serious questions over how a FTSE 100 firm could get away with “cooking the books”. The grocery giant issued a series of profit warnings in the run up to the September announcement about overstated profits as the group reeled under the disastrous reign of then-chief executive Philip Clarke. Mr Clarke, who left the … [Read more...] about How did the Tesco accounting scandal unfold and who are the trio in court?
Home Features Life Feature 18 December 2018 From monkey markets to fishy business, we’re finding that many animals make rational trades. Even brainless fungi have a thing or two to teach us By Daniel Cossins“THE propensity to truck, barter and exchange one thing for another… is common to all men, and to be found in no other race of animals,” wrote Adam Smith in The Wealth of Nations. That was back in 1776, but the idea that humans are the only species capable of economic behaviour persisted for a long time. Intuitively, it makes sense. Responding to shifts in supply and demand, for instance, must be the preserve of species with brains hefty enough to think through decisions rationally. Or so we thought. As we get to know Earth’s myriad other species better, it is becoming apparent that many animals and organisms make trades, and that some are surprisingly savvy wheeler-dealers capable of manipulating … [Read more...] about The animal economists that can wheel and deal as well as any human
Tech & Science Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 players recently uncovered the Blood of the Dead Easter egg, and its ending cutscene prompts more questions than it answers. With a little help from Zombies theorists like FantasticalGamer and JohnyJ25, we’ll fully explain what Richtofen’s fate means for the Aether timeline. The end cutscene for Blood of the Dead shows us there are two versions of Richtofen from different dimensions. The first Richtofen is our playable character. We’ll call him Primis Richtofen. The second Richtofen wears the Red Cross Uniform seen in Revelations. He was presumably frozen under Blood of the Dead and was freed once Primis Richtofen used his blood to power the Warden’s machine. From the very beginning, we learn that these two Richtofens are communicating with one another via the Kronorium. When Primis Richtofen says “My blood? No you can't possibly let this happen" in the opening cutscene, the … [Read more...] about ‘Black Ops 4’ Blood of the Dead Easter Egg Ending Explained: Did Richtofen Die?