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Astronomers find massive black hole in the early universe

Astronomers find massive black hole in the early universe

Science
June 25 (UPI) -- With the help of a trio of Hawaiian telescopes, astronomers have imaged the 13-billion-year-old light of a distant quasar -- the second-most distant quasar ever found. Scientists gave the new quasar an indigenous Hawaiian name, Pōniuāʻena, which means "unseen spinning source of creation, surrounded with brilliance." Researchers described the brilliant object in a new paper, which is available in preprint format online and will soon be published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters. Advertisement Quasars are like lighthouses, their beams hailing from far away in the ancient universe. Powered by supermassive black holes at the center of galaxies, quasars are some of the brightest objects in the universe. As astronomers peer deeper into the cosmos, they're able to see what t
Rocket Lab plans early Thursday launch from New Zealand

Rocket Lab plans early Thursday launch from New Zealand

Science
June 10 (UPI) -- A rocket launch planned in New Zealand early Thursday morning is to propel five small satellites into orbit, including a Boston University experiment to measure solar winds and the Earth's magnetosphere. California-based Rocket Labs, which owns the New Zealand launch site, is scheduled to send the satellites into orbit aboard the company's Electron rocket at 12:43 a.m. EDT from New Zealand's Mahia Peninsula. The launch could occur as late as 2:32 a.m. if delays happen. Advertisement Boston University's experiment, the ANDESITE CubeSat, consists of one satellite the size of a toaster oven that is carrying eight tiny satellites inside. They will be released to form a network that relays data to the small mothership. The project aims to gain a better understanding of how sol...
The Latest: Navajo casinos to remain closed until early July

The Latest: Navajo casinos to remain closed until early July

Health
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — ——— HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — Virus encourages American students to consider universities closer to home — More than two dozen COVID-19 cases clustered at sealed-off Rome hospital — Travel restrictions and lockdowns have made for one of Normandy's loneliest D-Day remembrances — People in Asia, Australia and Europe brave gloomy weather, infection risk and protest bans to voice support for George Floyd and for what is becoming an international Black Lives Matter movement. Demonstrations took place in Sydney, London, Seoul and other cities in a worldwide wave of solidarity. — While seasonal colds and the flu spread through NFL locker rooms most years, football teams now have COVID-10 to worry
Bumblebees nibble the leaves of flowers to trick them into flowering early

Bumblebees nibble the leaves of flowers to trick them into flowering early

Science
May 21 (UPI) -- When impatient bumblebees emerge in early spring only to find a handful of daffodils, they sometimes resort to hi-jinks. Research published Thursday in the journal Science suggests bumblebees trick flowers into flowering early by nibbling on their leaves. Previous studies have shown plants bloom early in response to environmental stressors like intense heat or light, signs of heatwaves and drought, but the latest research suggests physical damage, like the scars left by a hungry bumblebee vandal, can have similar effects. In lab tests, researchers found bumblebees were more likely to pierce tiny holes in the leaves of black mustard plants after being deprived of pollen for three days, suggesting the vandals are motivated by hunger. The plants with damaged leaves put out f...
Trump may let workers take Social Security benefits early in exchange for reduced payments later. Retirement advocate calls it ‘harebrained idea.’

Trump may let workers take Social Security benefits early in exchange for reduced payments later. Retirement advocate calls it ‘harebrained idea.’

Finance
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Republican members of Congress in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 8, 2020.Tom Brenner | ReutersPresident Donald Trump is reportedly considering another way to get more money to struggling Americans by letting them take an advance on their Social Security benefits.Many Americans are eager for more financial help from the effects of the coronavirus as the government wraps up sending millions of $ 1,200 checks to individuals who qualify.However, some Republican lawmakers are digging in their heels at the thought of sending more money, due to the high price tag.The Trump administration is said to be considering prepaying Social Security retirement benefits to workers before they are eligible, according t...