Astronomers witness star being “turned into spaghetti” by black hole

Researchers found that when a star is "spaghettified" a blast of material is launched outwards (ESO)
Researchers found that when a star is “spaghettified” a blast of material is launched outwards (ESO)

Astronomers have witnessed the final moments of a star being devoured by a supermassive black hole – and it’s not pretty.

A blast of light from 215 million light years away from Earth allowed astronomers to study the “tidal disruption event” in unprecedented detail.

Stars that wander too close to vast supermassive black holes are shredded (“spaghettified”) into thin streams of material, which are in turn devoured, releasing flashes of light.

Matt Nicholl, a Royal Astronomical Society research fellow and lecturer at the University of Birmingham, said: “The idea of a black hole ‘sucking in’ a nearby star sounds like science fiction. 

“But this is exactly what happens in a tidal disruption event.”

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Thomas Wevers, a European Space Observatory (ESO) fellow in Santiago, Chile, said:

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The GOP has a long history of ignoring science. Trump turned it into policy.

The resulting litany of falsehoods, misdirection and anti-science policies — during the pandemic, for instance, Trump has claimed that the coronavirus would just “disappear,” insisted that it doesn’t harm children, said covid-19 “affects virtually nobody” (1 million deaths worldwide), endorsed sham treatments such as injecting bleach and dismissed the ability of masks to stop the virus’s spread — looks like a product of a singular, addled mind. “I have no explanation for why these briefings and the scientific evidence just doesn’t seem to click” with him, former White House coronavirus task force staffer Olivia Troye, who resigned in protest of Trump’s science denialism, recently said. The wealthiest country in history, armed with arguably the best hospitals and smartest doctors anywhere, has registered the most cases, the most deaths and perhaps the most hostile-to-science response of any nation in the world. Experts say tens of thousands of the 212,000 American

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Bitcoin’s 12.3M-digit code turned into surreal paintings

Written by Oscar Holland, CNN

Bitcoin may be completely paperless, but one artist has meticulously dragged it into the physical world by hand-painting the cryptocurrency’s 12.3 million-digit founding code across 40 separate paintings.

Working under the project name Robert Alice, artist Ben Gentilli spent three years working on the canvases, which he has collectively titled “Portraits of a Mind.”

Using specialist machinery, he engraved each painting with over 300,000 digits of the complex code underpinning the virtual currency. Each digit was then hand-painted, producing what its creator calls a “digital fingerprint carved out of paint.”

“The core idea of the project was, ‘How do you make something of real cultural value within the Bitcoin sphere?'” Gentilli said via video call. “And for me, the thing I kept coming back to was this code base, because it’s really the very basis of Bitcoin culture.”

The decision to split the work across

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Geek of the Week: Tori Dunlap’s ‘First $100K’ turned into a movement to empower women financially

Tori Dunlap. (Jon Cárdenas Photo)

When Tori Dunlap was 9 years old, she started running her own business — a vending machine company, in which she learned the ins and outs of managing machines, candy and money. She rolled enough quarters over the ensuing years to contribute to her own college fund.

The financial discipline stuck with Dunlap, and by 25 she had saved her first $100,000, quit a corporate job in marketing and jumped full time into her own business called Her First $100K to fight inequality and help women achieve financial independence. It’s now a global, six-figure business and movement — and Dunlap is our latest Geek of the Week.

“Everyone can hit their first $100K, and they get to decide what that looks like,” Dunlap said. “Maybe it’s $100K saved like me, or maybe it’s $100K earned, debt paid off, invested, or something else. I’m the first

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