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Our Milky Way galaxy is truly warped, at least around edges

Our Milky Way galaxy is truly warped, at least around edges

Technology
It turns out our Milky Way galaxy is truly warped, at least around the far edges. Scientists in China and Australia released an updated 3D map of the Milky Way on Tuesday. They used 1,339 pulsating stars — young, newly catalogued stars bigger and brighter than our sun — to map the galaxy's shape. The farther from the center, the more warping, or twisting, there is in the Milky Way's outer hydrogen gas disc. Researchers say the warped, spiral pattern is likely caused by the spinning force of the massive inner disc of stars. "We usually think of spiral galaxies as being quite flat, like Andromeda, which you can easily see through a telescope," Macquarie University's Richard de Grijs, who took part in the study, said in a statement from Sydney. Lead researcher Xiaodian Chen of t...
GMO food opponents think they know the most, but actually know the least: Study

GMO food opponents think they know the most, but actually know the least: Study

Health
New research suggests that people’s illusion of knowledge could be fueling the broader population’s opposition to genetically modified (GM) foods. “Extreme views often stem from people feeling they understand complex topics better than they do,” said Phil Fernbach, the lead author of the study, in a press release. The study, titled “Extreme opponents of genetically modified foods know the least but think they know the most,” found that as a person’s opposition toward genetically modified (GM) foods became more extreme, their objective knowledge of the science and genetics dropped. Fernbach called the results “perverse,” but said they were “consistent with previous research on the psychology of extremism.” GM foods are f...
Tottenham: New stadium not ready until at least March

Tottenham: New stadium not ready until at least March

Sports
Tottenham say their new stadium will not be ready to host matches until at least March.Spurs were originally scheduled to move into the new White Hart Lane stadium in September but the project has suffered construction delays."I should like to apologise to our fans and thank you for your continued patience," said Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy. More to follow. Let's block ads! (Why?) BBC Sport - Sport
California fires: At least 42 die in state's deadliest wildfire

California fires: At least 42 die in state's deadliest wildfire

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device Thirteen more bodies have been recovered in California, bringing the death toll in the US state's deadliest wildfire to 42, officials say.The remains were found in and around the largely incinerated town of Paradise, in the north of the state.At least 228 people are missing as the Camp Fire continues to rage. Nearly 7,200 structures have been destroyed, and another 15,500 are at risk.The fire has now surpassed the 1933 Griffith Park disaster that killed 31.Speaking at a news conference on Monday evening, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea confirmed the number of dead, and the official number of missing.Many more people are said to be unaccounted for. In the south of the state, other wildfires are menac...
Car bombs, gunfire kill at least 23 in Mogadishu, Somalia

Car bombs, gunfire kill at least 23 in Mogadishu, Somalia

World
Nov. 9 (UPI) -- A series of car bombs detonated in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Friday, killing at least 23 people, local officials said. Explosions and gunfire erupted in the area around the Sahafi Hotel and the Somali police force's Criminal Investigations Department. Four gunmen, who fired upon civilians from the roof of the hotel, also died. The al-Shabab militant group claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was targeting government officials at the hotel. Among those killed was the owner of the hotel, Abdifatah Abdirashid, whose father, Abdirashid Mohamed, died in a similar attack three years earlier, the BBC reported. A witness told Voice of America the front of the hotel building was destroyed in the attack. Former official Abdi Barre Jibril told VOA that two women ...