Three scientists share Nobel prize in physics for work on black holes

Roger Penrose (left), who receives half the prize; and Andrea Ghez and Reinhard Genzel, who share the other half. Composite: UCLA/MPE/EPA

Three scientists have won the 2020 Nobel prize in physics for their work on black hole formation and the discovery of a supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy.

Mars covered in toxic chemicals that can wipe out living organisms, tests reveal

Mars is bathed in ultra violet light which turns the Martian soil sterile. Photograph: Reuters

Discovery has major implications for hunt for alien life on the red planet as it means any evidence is likely to be buried deep underground

Black holes may merge with light of a trillion suns, scientists say

An artist’s impression of a supermassive black hole (IPAC)/Caltech

When black holes collide, the ensuing cosmic drama was assumed to play out under the cloak of darkness, given that both objects are invisible. But now astronomers believe they have made the first optical observations of such a merger, marked by a blaze of light a trillion times brighter than the sun.

"Ring of Fire" Eclipse Photos in Africa and Asia

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Photographers and people have been taking photos of the “Ring of Fire” eclipse that affected only 2% of the world this year. According to astronomers, watching the eclipse is the equivalent of switching from a 500W bulb to a 30W bulb. Annular eclipses occur every year or two and are only visible across a narrow… Continue reading "Ring of Fire" Eclipse Photos in Africa and Asia

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Sci-Fi Movies and The Reality of Extraterrestrial Life

Perhaps, topics that involve Extraterrestrial Intelligence are one of the most daunting tasks to write about. Having no formal proofs for their existence, and still knowing that anything, including the existence of Extraterrestrial Life, is possible, it is even more complicated to think about what they are based on, what shapes, sizes, and forms, they have – if they do exist. Extraterrestrials have been a major topic for SciFi; many books have been written and as many movies, if not more, have been produced.