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Massive protest against governor’s arrest challenges Kremlin

Massive protest against governor’s arrest challenges Kremlin

World
Tens of thousands of people have marched across the far eastern Russian city of Khabarovsk to protest the arrest of the regional governor on murder charges, continuing a wave of protests that has lasted for two weeks in a challenge to the KremlinByThe Associated PressJuly 25, 2020, 9:36 AM2 min readKHABAROVSK, Russia -- Tens of thousands of people marched Saturday across the Russian city of Khabarovsk on the border with China to protest the arrest of the regional governor on murder charges, continuing a wave of protests that has lasted for two weeks in a challenge to the Kremlin. Sergei Furgal has been in a Moscow jail since his arrest on July 9, and Russian President Vladimir Putin has named an acting successor. Protesters in Khabarovsk see the charges against Furgal as unsubstantiated a...
England v West Indies: Ben Stokes ready for ‘massive occasion’

England v West Indies: Ben Stokes ready for ‘massive occasion’

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device England v West Indies, first TestVenue: Ageas Bowl, Southampton Dates: 8-12 July Time: 11:00 BSTCoverage: Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra; live text commentary and in-play clips on BBC Sport website; highlights on BBC Two and BBC Sport website at 19:00 BST (19:30 on Sunday)Stand-in captain Ben Stokes says England are ready for the "massive occasion" of the first Test against West Indies, which starts on Wednesday.The coronavirus pandemic has prevented any competitive professional cricket in the UK so far this s...
Astronomers investigate disappearance of massive star

Astronomers investigate disappearance of massive star

Science
June 30 (UPI) -- An unstable massive star in the Kinman Dwarf galaxy, located 75 million light-years away, has disappeared, but scientists aren't sure why or how. The Kinman Dwarf galaxy, located in the Aquarius constellation, is too far away for astronomers to observe individual stars, but between 2001 and 2011, scientists detected the signatures of a massive, unstable star in the latter stages of its evolution. Advertisement In 2019, when astronomers at the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope and its ESPRESSO instrument focused on the faraway galaxy, there was no sign of a massive star. Early observations of the star suggest it was a "luminous blue variable" star, measuring some 2.5 million times brighter than the sun at it brightest. Luminous blue variable stars are k...
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
Astronomers find hot stars peppered with massive magnetic spots

Astronomers find hot stars peppered with massive magnetic spots

Science
June 1 (UPI) -- Astronomers have discovered giant magnetic spots on the surfaces of hot stars hidden away in stellar clusters. Scientists also found evidence of superflare events, eruptions featuring several times more energy than those observed on the surface of the sun. The new survey of extreme horizontal branch stars, published Monday in the journal Nature Astronomy, could help scientists unravel some of the mysterious of these unusual stellar objects. Advertisement "These hot and small stars are special because we know they will bypass one of the final phases in the life of a typical star and will die prematurely," lead researcher Yazan Momany, scientist at the INAF Astronomical Observatory of Padua in Italy, said in a news release. "In our galaxy, these peculiar hot objects are gene...