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An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
Thousands of scientists in the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) are about to lose their jobs as a result of the...
Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
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At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
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ScienceShot: Quasar Caught Dining on a Galaxy
28 June 2010 5:34 pm
Humbling as it seems, even whole galaxies can be ripped apart—as is the one in the red area near the center of this image. The culprit? A quasar (yellow), a galaxy with a supermassive black hole at its center that creates so much radiation it outshines everything else in the universe. Until now, astronomers have had a hard time getting much of a look at these cosmic beacons, because their light obscures everything around them. But this quasar, known as SDSS J0123+00, is obscured by a thick doughnut of dust called a torus (inset). That's allowed astronomers to sneak a peak at the beast as it rips away giant clouds of gas (green) from a nearby galaxy. The finding, reported in an upcoming issue of the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomy Society, confirms a long-held theory about quasars: They power their intense luminescence by dining on the gas of other galaxies.
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