The First Picture of the Black Hole at the Milky Way's Heart Has Been Revealed

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May 13, 2022

Black Holes

The First Picture of the Black Hole at the Milky Way's Heart Has Been Revealed

The historic image of Sagittarius A* is the culmination of a decades-long astronomical quest—and a crucial step toward a new understanding of black holes, gravity and spacetime

By Seth Fletcher

Black Holes

The Black Hole in the Middle of our Galaxy Looks Like This

It took hundreds of researchers and many telescopes to capture an image of black hole at the middle of our Milky Way.

By Seth Fletcher,Jason Drakeford,Tulika Bose,Jeffery DelViscio

Black Holes

How Astronomers Finally Captured a Photo of our Own Galaxy's Black Hole

It took hundreds of researchers and many telescopes to capture an image of black hole at the middle of our Milky Way.

By Seth Fletcher,Tulika Bose,Jeffery DelViscio | 03:52

Privacy

Yes, Phones Can Reveal if Someone Gets an Abortion

To protect personal information from companies that sell data, some individuals are relying on privacy guides instead of government regulation or industry transparency

By Sophie Bushwick

Energy

Rechargeable Molten Salt Battery Freezes Energy in Place for Long-Term Storage

The technology could bring more renewable energy to the power grid

By Anna Blaustein

Epidemiology

A Guide to the Different Omicron Subvariants

How to tell the different versions of SARS-CoV-2 apart, and how well vaccines protect against them

By Louis Jacobson,Kaiser Health News

Reproduction

The Harmful Effects of Overturning Roe v. Wade

A landmark study of women who were turned away from getting the procedure found that being forced to have a child worsened their health and economic status.

By Tanya Lewis,Tulika Bose | 06:06

Public Health

Is It COVID, or Is It Allergies?

Patient history, context and a few symptoms may help distinguish between the conditions

By Mariana Lenharo

Particle Physics

God, Dark Matter and Falling Cats: A Conversation with 2022 Templeton Prize Winner Frank Wilczek

The physics Nobelist and author has not exactly found religion—but that doesn't mean he's stopped looking

By Zeeya Merali

Animals

Two-Headed Worms Tell Us Something Fascinating about Evolution

Researchers looked back at more than 100 years of research and found that a fascination with annelids with mixed up appendages was strong—and that research still has relevance today.

By Ashleigh Papp | 06:08

Cosmology

New Record-Breaking Simulation Sheds Light on 'Cosmic Dawn'

THESAN—the largest, most detailed computer model of the universe's first billion years yet made—is helping set expectations for observations from NASA's James Webb Space Telescope

By Charles Q. Choi

Climate Change

Air-Conditioning Should Be a Human Right in the Climate Crisis

We need to protect vulnerable people from killer heat without destroying the environment

By Rose M. Mutiso,Morgan D. Bazilian,Jacob Kincer,Brooke Bowser
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Make Your Own Spring Scale

Why guess a weight when you can make a scale? Learn how some scales use a spring to measure the mass of objects--and build your very own! Credit: George Retseck

Have you ever played with a Slinky, used a pinball machine, written with a click pen or ridden in a car? If so, then you have made use of a spring! Springs are in machines all around us and have many useful purposes. In this activity you will learn another cool use for a spring: making a scale to weigh objects.

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