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Researchers find the source of black carbon in the Arctic

Researchers find the source of black carbon in the Arctic

Science
Feb. 15 (UPI) -- When black carbon coats the surface of snow and ice in the Arctic, it reduces the surface's reflectivity, causing the snow and ice to absorb more of the sun's energy, amplifying melt rates and accelerating global warming. Now, scientists have an accurate picture of where most of the Arctic's black carbon comes from. The soot that falls as black carbon is produced by wildfires, diesel engines, kilns and wood burning stoves. To better understand where the region's black carbon deposits originate from, scientists conducted a chemical analysis of soot samples from across the Arctic. By measuring the isotopic ratios in the black carbon samples, researchers can determine during which season it was deposited and where it came from. "The significance of studying atmospheric poll...
Germany 'gets away with a black eye' as it dodges recession

Germany 'gets away with a black eye' as it dodges recession

World
The German economy has narrowly missed tumbling into recession but recorded output growth of just 0.02% in the final quarter of 2018.In preliminary figures, which could yet be revised, the country's statistics agency said construction and business spending helped Europe's largest economy avoid two consecutive quarters of negative GDP (gross domestic product) growth - a technical recession. Output in the previous three months, July to September, had been measured at -0.2% as demand in Germany's export-led economy tumbled amid the world economic slowdown, mostly linked to China's trade war with the US.The updated figures meant Germany's economy grew at its slowest rate for five years in 2018 as a whole.Production in the country's car industry continued to drag on growth given weaker demand -...
Black Panther wins top award ahead of Oscars

Black Panther wins top award ahead of Oscars

Entertainment
Black Panther has triumphed at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, picking up the ceremony's top prize for best film cast.A superhero box-office smash featuring a predominantly black cast, the Marvel film has been hailed as a turning point in cinema and could make history if it repeats the win at the Oscars next month. In a powerful acceptance speech alongside co-stars including Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o and Danai Gurira, Chadwick Boseman told how "all of us up here know what it's like to be told there is not a place for you to be featured even though you are young, gifted and black". Image: The cast of Black Panther won the top gong at the SAG Awards He also spoke about the film's effect on the industry, saying the cast knew they ...
Galactic collision could wake up Milky Way black hole

Galactic collision could wake up Milky Way black hole

Technology
New research has predicted that a galactic collision could wake the black hole at the centre of the Milky Way and cause it to swell ten times over and devour all surrounding matter. Astrophysicists at Durham University have predicted that the collision between the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) and our own galaxy could occur much sooner than the expected crash between us and neighbouring galaxy Andromeda.This "catastrophic" collision could occur in two billion years' time - much sooner than the expected eight billion years until we smash into Andromeda.This is because recent research has discovered that the LMC contains far more dark matter than previously thought - meaning it is losing energy and dooming it to crash into our galaxy. The findings are published in the jour...
Black Pink's 'Whistle' video passes 300M views on YouTube

Black Pink's 'Whistle' video passes 300M views on YouTube

Entertainment
Jan. 4 (UPI) -- South Korean girl group Black Pink had another music video pass 300 million views on YouTube. The K-pop group's agency, YG Entertainment, confirmed Black Pink reached the milestone Friday with its video for "Whistle," according to Yonhap News Agency. "Whistle" is Black Pink's fifth music video to pass 300 million views on YouTube. The group celebrated the achievement in a tweet on the YG Entertainment account Friday. "#BLACKPINK '(WHISTLE)' M/V HITS 300 MILLION VIEWS @YouTube," the post reads. "BLINKs worldwide, thank you so much!"#BLACKPINK '휘파람 (WHISTLE)' M/V HITS 300 MILLION VIEWS @YouTubeBLINKs worldwide, thank you so much!'휘파람 (WHISTLE)' M/V🎥 https://t.co/PyyYSdEvUN#블랙핑크 #WH...