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8 endangered black rhinos die in Kenya after relocation

8 endangered black rhinos die in Kenya after relocation

Technology
Eight critically endangered black rhinos are dead in Kenya after wildlife workers moved them from the capital to a new national park, the government said Friday, calling the toll "unprecedented" in more than a decade of such transfers. Preliminary investigations point to salt poisoning as the rhinos tried to adapt to saltier water in their new home, the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife said in a statement, describing how the animals likely became dehydrated and drank more salty water in a fatal cycle. The ministry suspended the ongoing move of rhinos and said the surviving ones in the new park were being closely monitored. The loss is "a complete disaster," said prominent Kenyan conservationist Paula Kahumbu of WildlifeDirect. Conservationists in Africa have been working hard to protect ...
Mysterious black sarcophagus found in Egypt

Mysterious black sarcophagus found in Egypt

Technology
An enormous black sarcophagus has been discovered during an archaeological dig in Egypt alongside an eerie alabaster head. The mysterious coffin is 265cm (104in) long, 185cm (72in) tall, and 165cm (65in) wide, making it the largest that has ever been found in the city of Alexandria.It was discovered by an Egyptian archaeological mission after an ancient tomb dating back to the Ptolemaic period was uncovered during a construction dig.Construction laws in Egypt require developers to excavate the ground beneath their planned developments before building. Image: An alabaster head was found in the catacombs. Pic: Egypt Ministry of Antiquities Made of black granite, the sarcophagus was found five metres beneath the surface o...
Study offers best evidence yet of an intermediate-mass black hole

Study offers best evidence yet of an intermediate-mass black hole

Science
June 18 (UPI) -- New data discovered by astronomers at the University of New Hampshire's Space Science Center offers the best evidence yet of the existence of intermediate-mass black holes, or IMBHs. Astronomers finally caught the elusive object devouring a star that drifted too close. Researchers imaged the consumption event using three different X-ray observatories, NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory, as well as the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton. "We feel very lucky to have spotted this object with a significant amount of high quality data, which helps pinpoint the mass of the black hole and understand the nature of this spectacular event," Dacheng Lin, a research assistant professor at the Space Science Center, said in a news release. "Earlier res...
I felt like a superhero in black catsuit – Williams

I felt like a superhero in black catsuit – Williams

Sports
French Open 2018Venue: Roland Garros, Paris Dates: 27 May-10 JuneCoverage: Daily live radio and text commentaries on BBC Radio 5 live, the BBC Sport website and app.Serena Williams said she felt like a "superhero" in the black catsuit she wore during the 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 win over Kristyna Pliskova at the French Open.The temperature hit 25C in Paris but it did not seem to affect the 23-time major winner in her first Grand Slam match since giving birth last September."I feel like a warrior wearing it, a queen from Wakanda [referring to the Black Panther movie] maybe," she said. "It was comfortable to wear."The 36-year-old added: "I'm always living in a fantasy world. I always wanted to be a superh...
APEX offers up-close view of black hole's event horizon

APEX offers up-close view of black hole's event horizon

Science
May 25 (UPI) -- Astronomers are trying to take a picture of the shadow of a black hole, and they're getting closer thanks to the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment radio telescope, also known as APEX. Five years ago, astronomers outfitted APEX with the equipment needed to be integrated into a global network of antennas known as Event Horizon Telescope. The addition of APEX allowed EHT to collect the most detailed observations yet of Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. More specifically, the collective of telescopes was able to zoom in on the black hole's event horizon, the point of no return -- where the gravitational pull of the black hole becomes stronger than the speed of light and beyond, which no matter or particle can escape. The Event Hori...