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Mummy discovered in unexplored Egyptian tomb

Mummy discovered in unexplored Egyptian tomb

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Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a new mummy in a previously unexplored tomb near the city of Luxor.According to Egypt's antiquities ministry, the mummy was found in one of two tombs which are being explored for the first time since being found twenty years ago.The tombs, which are located just across the Nile from Luxor, were found by German archaeologist Frederica Kampp in the 1990s.They were found in an area known as the Dra Abu el Naga necropolis, near to the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Valley of the Kings, where the treasures of Tutankhamun were found.They are believed to date back to the ancient Egyptian dynasties of the New Kingdom, which lasted from 1,550-1,070 BC.Authorities are exploring the tombs as Egypt attempts to encourage tourists to visit its ancient sites.Antiquit...
Astronomers observe most-distant supermassive black hole yet discovered

Astronomers observe most-distant supermassive black hole yet discovered

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Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Astronomers have spied the most-distant supermassive black hole yet discovered using the Magellan Telescopes at the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile.The black hole is positioned at the center of a quasar, the massive, highly luminous accretion disks found at the center of many galaxies. The quasar's light traveled some 13 billion light-years before reaching the Magellan Telescopes.The new observations -- detailed in the journal Nature -- reveal the black hole as it was just 690 million years after the birth of the universe.Scientists were surprised by the black hole's tremendous mass, 800 million times the mass of the sun."Gathering all this mass in fewer than 690 million years is an enormous challenge for theories of supermassive black hole growth," Eduardo Bañados, an as
New grass snake discovered in the UK

New grass snake discovered in the UK

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A new type of snake has been discovered in the UK, bringing the total number of species to four.Scientists say the barred grass snake, Natrix helvetica, is actually a different species to the common or eastern grass snake, Natrix natrix.Before, it was thought the grass snake was one species with several subspecies that looked slightly different.The others native to the UK are the smooth snake and the adder, which is venomous.Grass snakes are a protected species under the Wildlife and Countryside Act so it is a criminal offence to injure or kill them.Both types of grass snake are normally found in lowland regions in the south of England. The snakes can be more than a metre (3ft) long, are found near water and eat mainly amphibians like frogs and newts.The newly distinguished barred grass sn...
Baby stars discovered in Orion Nebula Cluster

Baby stars discovered in Orion Nebula Cluster

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Astronomers have discovered and photographed three different populations of baby stars within the Orion Nebula Cluster.A new photograph displays their discovery, which wasn't expected when scientists pointed the new VLT Survey Telescope's OmegaCAM just below the belt of Orion.The Orion Nebula Cluster is one of the closest stellar nurseries to Earth at only 1350 light years away and offers scientists their best view into how both high and low-mass stars are formed.By analysing the image, scientists have found evidence suggesting that star formation within the nebula cluster is taking place in rapid bursts, with generations of stars forming within less than three million years.Scientists from the European Southern Observatory, led by astronomer Giacomo Beccari, used data "of unparalleled qua...