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Farthest monster black hole found

Farthest monster black hole found

Science
Astronomers have discovered the most distant "supermassive" black hole known to science.The matter-munching sinkhole is a whopping 13 billion light-years away, so far that we see it as it was a mere 690 million years after the Big Bang.But at about 800 million times the mass of our Sun, it managed to grow to a surprisingly large size such a short time after the origin of the Universe.The find is described in the journal Nature.This relic from the early Universe is busily devouring material at the centre of a galaxy - marking it out as a so-called quasar. Matter, such as gas, falling onto the black hole will form an ultra-hot mass of material around it known as an accretion disk. "Quasars are among the brightest and most distant known celestial objects and are crucial to understanding the e...
Possible link found between some Utah suicides, electronics

Possible link found between some Utah suicides, electronics

Health
Researchers studying a spike in teen suicides in Utah found that 18 of the 150 youngsters who took their own lives in a five-year period had recently lost privileges to use their electronic devices such as phones, tablets and gaming systems, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report made public Thursday. The report was released after outside researchers earlier this month issued findings based on CDC data showing an increase in suicide rates among teens across the U.S. over the 2010-2015 period occurred at the same time social media use surged. Teen suicides had declined in the two previous decades. Both reports stop short of blaming electronics and social media for the rise in suicides, but say the findings beg for more research on the topic. The findings add ...
'World's oldest wine' found in 8,000-year-old jars in Georgia

'World's oldest wine' found in 8,000-year-old jars in Georgia

Science
Scientists say 8,000-year-old pottery fragments have revealed the earliest evidence of grape wine-making.The earthenware jars containing residual wine compounds were found in two sites south of the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, researchers said.Some of the jars bore images of grape clusters and a man dancing.Previously, the earliest evidence of wine-making was from pottery dating from about 7,000 years ago found in north-western Iran.The latest finds were published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)."We believe this is the oldest example of the domestication of a wild-growing Eurasian grapevine solely for the production of wine," said co-author Stephen Batiuk, a senior researcher at the University of Toronto."Wine is central to civilisation as we know it in ...
'IS note' found after Manhattan truck attack

'IS note' found after Manhattan truck attack

World
A man suspected of killing eight people and injuring at least 11 more in a truck attack in New York left a note pledging allegiance to Islamic State, US media has reported.Officials have said they discovered the note, which one officer said was written in a foreign language, in the truck Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov allegedly drove through a busy Manhattan cycle route on Tuesday afternoon.The 29-year-old reportedly drove 14 blocks before crashing into a school bus and jumping from the rented truck with two replica guns.US media reported the suspected shouted "Allahu Akbar" - Arabic for "God is greatest" after getting out of the vehicle.::What we know about NY terror attack suspectImage:The suspect was confronted by uniformed officers stationed close to the sceneHe was then shot in the abd...
New treatment found for skin-predominant dermatomysitis

New treatment found for skin-predominant dermatomysitis

Health
Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine found that the drug anabasum was effective at treating a rare skin condition.The drug reduced the severity of symptoms in patients with dermatomyositis, or DM, a rare and often incurable skin condition that causes symptoms ranging from a skin rash and muscle weakness to fevers, shortness of breath due to lung disease, weight loss and light sensitivity.DM is considered rare with fewer than 100,000 cases in the United States overall."Not only are current treatments limited, but this disease itself is very understudied, so we've had to build our understanding of DM from the ground up just to be in a position to run a trial like this," Dr. Victoria P. Werth, a professor at Penn and chief of dermatology a...