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Planet Earth Report –“The Quantum Internet Will Blow Your Mind to Scary Weirdness of Bat Viruses”

Earth from the ISS

 

“Planet Earth Report” provides descriptive links to headline news by leading science journalists about the extraordinary discoveries, technology, people, and events changing our knowledge of Planet Earth and the future of the human species.

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“Anatomy of a Death Flare” –Violent Blast of Light from a Star Devoured by a Supermassive Black Hole

"Anatomy of Death Flare" --Revealed by a Blast of Light from a Star Devoured by a Supermassive Black Hole

 

“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,” says Matt Nicholl, a lecturer and Royal Astronomical Society research fellow at the University of Birmingham, UK, about at a new flash of light captured by the ESO’s Very Large Telescope and ESO’s New Technology Telescope that occurred last year close to a supermassive black hole.

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Last Week’s Top 5 Space & Science Headlines –“Fractured Spacetime to Exoplanet Lifespans to 70 Billion Years”

 

"Epic" --ESO Captures First-Ever Image of a Sun-Like Multi-Planet System

 

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“Unvisited” –Earth May Exist in a Galaxy of Interstellar Space-Faring Civilizations

"Unvisited" --Earth May Exist in a Galaxy of Interstellar Space-Faring Civilizations (Weekend Feature)

 

This past February, four distinguished astrophysicists —Jonathan Carroll-Nellenback, Adam Frank, Jason Wright, Caleb Scharf— suggested in new research that Earth may have remained unvisited by space-faring civilizations all the while existing in a galaxy of interstellar civilizations seeded by moving stars that spread alien life, offering a solution to the perplexing Fermi paradox. They concluded that a planet-hopping civilization could populate the Milky Way in as little as 650,000 years.

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“Fathomless Dark Creations of the Universe” –The Man Who Proved They Exist

Milky Way's Central Black Hole Region

 

The blurry orange image of the monster black hole the size of our solar system at the center of massive elliptical galaxy M87 captured by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) on April 10, 2019, was one of the most extraordinary achievements in modern science. The image is an epic example of the human species ability to imagine the existence of an object that not long ago, scientists of the stature of an Einstein, believed  “did not exist in the real world,” nor that a fathomless dark creation existed at the very real, violent center of our home galaxy.

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Planet Earth Report –“The ‘WOW Signal’ a Missed Alien Connection to What Earth Owes to Black Holes”

Earth from the ISS

 

“Planet Earth Report” provides descriptive links to headline news by leading science journalists about the extraordinary discoveries, technology, people, and events changing our knowledge of Planet Earth and the future of the human species.

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“Clues to Alien Life” –Billions of Fragments of Venus May Exist on the Moon

"Clues to Ancient Alien Life" --Billions of Fragments of Venus May Exist on the Moon

 

New research by Yale astronomers suggests that our Moon may harbor clues that Venus may have had an Earth-like environment billions of years ago, with water and a thin atmosphere. Their findings follow recent studies suggesting that our sister planet may have been the solar system’s first habitable planet.

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“Transforms Matter Into Consciousness” –Most Ancient Part of the Human Brain Reveals Its Secrets

"Terra Incognito" --The Most Evolutionarily Ancient Part of the Human Brain Reveals Its Secrets

 

“The human brain has 100 billion neurons, each neuron connected to 10 thousand other neurons. Sitting on your shoulders is the most complicated object in the known universe,” observes physicist Michio Kaku. The neocortex, observed Carl Sagan is where “matter is transformed into consciousness.” Located deep in the brain’s center, the subcortex, the most evolutionarily ancient part of our brain, processes everything from our basic senses to long-term memories.

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