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Black Medicare Patients With COVID-19 Nearly 4 Times As Likely To End Up In Hospital

Black Medicare Patients With COVID-19 Nearly 4 Times As Likely To...

COVID-19 has disproportionately affected Black, Hispanic and Asian Americans, according to Medicare claims data. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption John Moore/Getty Images COVID-19 has disproportionately affected Black, Hispanic and Asian Americans, according to Medicare claims data. John Moore/Getty Images New federal data reinforces the stark racial disparities that have appeared with COVID-19: According…
How to help Black Lives Matter protesters even if you can’t attend in person

How to help Black Lives Matter protesters even if you can’t...

Black Live Matters protesters gathered in Asheville, North Carolina, in a call for justice for George Floyd. Sarah Tew/CNET Many people are taking part in protests across the US responding to George Floyd's death in police custody and to larger issues of racial injustice. Others have signed petitions or donated money to civil rights organizations. If the…
The black hole at the center of the Milky Way is blinking at us

The black hole at the center of the Milky Way is...

Is the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way twinkling? Keio University There's a lot of funky physics happening around Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way. Astronomers have watched stars dance around it, catalogued its bursts of infrared radiation and found bizarre, unknown…
Dancing black holes create mega flare brighter than one trillion stars

Dancing black holes create mega flare brighter than one trillion stars

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When a small black hole (left) crashes through the accretion disk of the OJ 287 galaxy it creates a flare brighter than 1 trillion stars.  NASA/JPL-Caltech In the OJ 287 galaxy, about 3.5 billion light-years from Earth, two black holes are trapped in an endless dance. The supermassive black hole at the center of the…
When A Large Black Hole Merges With A Small One, The Limits Of General Relativity Are Tested

When A Large Black Hole Merges With A Small One, The...

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Simulation of a black hole merger. N. Fischer, H. Pfeiffer, A. Buonanno (Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics), Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes project With the LIGO and Virgo gravitational wave observatories, we've been detecting black hole mergers fairly regularly. Like the discovery of exoplanets, events are so common now that they are easy to overlook. But…
From The Hospital To The Lab, Black Scientists Are Fighting COVID-19

From The Hospital To The Lab, Black Scientists Are Fighting COVID-19

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Getty As people of color die from COVID-19 at a disproportionately higher rate, the importance of Black scientists is more critical than ever. U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams, acknowledged that Black Americans are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, due to health disparities and historic racism surrounding housing, education and employment. Despite representing slightly under a…
Students spot black hole surprise during NASA asteroid mission

Students spot black hole surprise during NASA asteroid mission

The REXIS instrument on the Osiris-Rex spaceacraft picked up an X-ray outburst from black hole MAXI J0637-043. The outburst is circled in green. NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/MIT/Harvard NASA's Osiris-Rex mission is busy checking out the asteroid Bennu. But last fall, it accidentally caught sight of an unexpected cosmic phenomenon when it detected an outburst from a…
If the nearest star beyond the sun were a black hole, we might not be here

If the nearest star beyond the sun were a black hole,...

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You probably don't want to be within even a few light-years of a supermassive black hole.  NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Jeremy Schnittman Black holes are among the most powerful, fascinating and terrifying objects in the universe, gobbling up everything that ventures near. One scientist has run the numbers on what might happen if there were…
Black Med Students At Former Slave Quarters Say ‘This Is About Resiliency’

Black Med Students At Former Slave Quarters Say ‘This Is About...

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Russell Ledet, a second year medical student (top row, 3rd from left) organized an outing for 14 of his fellow African American classmates to a plantation museum that houses former slave quarters. Ledet says he would caption this photo "Our Moment of Resiliency." Brian Washington Jr. hide caption toggle caption Brian Washington Jr. Russell Ledet,…
Ultramassive black hole makes our sun look like a lightweight

Ultramassive black hole makes our sun look like a lightweight

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Astronomers used new data to measure the mass of a black hole in the central bright galaxy shown here: It's 40 billion times more massive than our sun. Matthias Kluge/USM/MPE About 700 million light-years from Earth, in the swirling heart of the brightest galaxy of a 500-galaxy cluster called Abell 85, sits the biggest ultramassive…

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