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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

ScienceDaily: Strange Science News

ScienceDaily: Strange Science News

Astronomers discover first 'lightning' from a black hole

Posted: 10 Nov 2014 06:07 AM PST

An international group of researchers has discovered the first 'lighting' from a black hole, with variations in brilliance more powerful than ever observed in an extragalactic object. The emission, the researchers suggest in their study, "is associated with pulsar-like particle acceleration by the electric field across a magnetospheric gap at the base of the radio jet."

Unique Roman relief discovered: Depiction of unknown god in Turkey; Relics from 2,000 years of cult history excavated

Posted: 10 Nov 2014 05:35 AM PST

A bearded deity has been discovered with astral symbols. Archaeologists excavated the unique Roman relief depicting an unknown god in an ancient sanctuary in Turkey. According to a first assessment, the one and a half meter (five foot) high basalt stele which was used as a buttress in the wall of a monastery shows a fertility or vegetation god, as classical scholar and excavation director said.

Crustaceans win battle against being feminized

Posted: 10 Nov 2014 05:34 AM PST

Male crustaceans can 'lock down' their maleness to avoid being completely feminized by seawater contaminated by feminizing pollutants, according to scientists.

Astronomers dissect the aftermath of a supernova

Posted: 10 Nov 2014 05:33 AM PST

Astronomers have used radio telescopes in Australia and Chile to see inside the remains of a supernova. The supernova, known as SN1987A, was first seen by observers in the Southern Hemisphere in 1987 when a giant star suddenly exploded at the edge of a nearby dwarf galaxy called the Large Magellanic Cloud. In the two and a half decades since then the remnant of Supernova 1987A has continued to be a focus for researchers the world over, providing a wealth of information about one of the Universe's most extreme events.

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