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Astronomers discover 83 supermassive black holes at the edge of the universe

NAOJ A team of international astronomers have been hunting for ancient supermassive black holes – and they hit the motherlode, discovering 83 previously unknown quasars. The universe is full of supermassive black holes, monstrous versions of the humble, everyday black hole, containing millions of millions or billions of times that of our sun. These huge cosmic beasts generate gigantic gravitational …

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Wandering males transformed Spain’s DNA

Image copyright L Benitez de Lugo Enrich – Jose Luis Fuentes Sanch Image caption Burials of the Bronze Age: Iberia saw a dramatic genetic shift during this period A mass migration of males transformed the genetic composition of people in Spain during the Bronze Age, reveals a study DNA evidence shows that migrants flowed through the Pyrenees, replacing existing male …

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European satellite captures Nasa Mars lander from orbit

Image copyright ESA / Roscosmos / CaSSIS Image caption The image of InSight's landing position was acquired on 2 March The most recent European satellite in Mars has identified the landing site of the American-led InSight probe. The Nasa spacecraft landed in November on flat land near the equator in a region called Elysium Planitia. The European-Russian triad Trace Gas …

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Astronaut from North Carolina launches toward history

At 15:14 Eastern Time (Pi time on Pi Day), Christina Koch launched towards the International Space Station and the story aboard the Soyuz MS-12 Spacecraft from Kazakhstan. She was joined by fellow astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Alexy Ovhinin on the relatively short six-and-a-half hour flight before docking with the ISS around 8:45 pm On March 29, Koch is scheduled …

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