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Black holes eat stars more often than we thought

The supermassive black holes that lie in the center of most galaxies may have far more voracious appetites than experts previously believed, according to a new study that has uncovered evidence that these behemoths shred stars 100 times more often than earlier research had suggested. Such incidents of stellar cannibalism, also known as tidal disruption […]

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Mummified smallpox virus shows the disease isn’t as old as we thought

The mummy of a young boy discovered buried in a crypt beneath a Lithuanian church contains the oldest-known complete set of smallpox genes, and scientists hope that the discovery will shed new light on the history of the infamous pathogen, according to NPR and BBC News reports. Save for a few secured, frozen samples, smallpox […]

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