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Supermassive black hole 26,000 light years from us proves Einstein right

The stars orbiting the black hole behave as predicted by the general theory of relativity. |SOURCE| Stars orbiting the supermassive black hole Sagittarius A*, 26,000 light years away from Earth, have helped confirm once more some of the predictions made by Albert Einstein in his famous theory of general relativity. Sagittarius A* lies at the [...] Read more

New plate adds plot twist to ancient tectonic tale

Rice scientists say Malpelo microplate helps resolve geological misfit under Pacific Ocean. |Source| A microplate discovered off the west coast of Ecuador adds another piece to Earth’s tectonic puzzle, according to Rice University scientists. Researchers led by Rice geophysicist Richard Gordon discovered the microplate, which they have named [...] Read more

Personalized cancer vaccines show glimmers of success

Treatments tailored to a person's individual cancer mutations train immune system to attack tumours. |SOURCE| Vaccines tailored to match a person’s particular constellation of cancer mutations seem to have fended off tumours in a handful of patients, two small clinical trials show. The vaccines are described in papers published in Nature on 5 [...] Read more

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

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 |SOURCE| The chances of anything coming from Mars have taken a downward turn with the finding that the surface of the red planet contains a “toxic cocktail” of chemicals that can wipe out living organisms. [...] Read more

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