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😮 South Africa’s newly inaugurated 64-dish MeerKAT radio telescope, a precursor to the Square Kilometre Array, has imaged the heart of the Milky Way in unprecedented detail, revealing long, magnetised filaments and the blazing core where a supermassive black hole lurks unseen at optical wavelengths.

“We wanted to show the science capabilities of this new instrument,” said Fernando Camilo, chief scientist at the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory. “The centre of the galaxy was an obvious target: unique, visually striking and full of unexplained phenomena, but also notoriously hard to image using radio telescopes. Although it’s early days with MeerKAT, and a lot remains to be optimised, we decided to go for it – and were stunned by the results.”

Built by the SARAO and inaugurated 13 July by Deputy President David Mabuza, MeerKAT’s 64 dishes eventually will be part of the Square Kilometre Array, the world’s largest radio telescope with hundreds of distributed dishes in Australia and South Africa. As it stands, MeerKAT’s dishes provide 2,000 unique antenna pairs, “resulting in high-fidelity images of the radio sky,” the SARAO said in a news release.

Earth’s Sun orbits the galaxy’s core at a distance of some 25,000 light years. While intervening gas and dust shroud the hidden heart of the galaxy where a super-massive black hole is known to reside, radio waves pass through to provide a glimpse of its hidden features. MeerKAT’s initial observations provide a tantalising hint of things to come.

Of special interest are long magnetised filaments discovered in the 1980s that are seen near the central black hole and nowhere else. Their origin is a mystery.

“The MeerKAT image has such clarity,” marvelled Farhad Yusef-Zadeh of Northwestern University in the United States, an expert on the filamentary structures seen near the central black hole. “The image shows so many features never before seen, including compact sources associated with some of the filaments, that it could provide the key to cracking the code and solve this three-decade riddle.”

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Pro-Kremlin GOP Congressman Dana #Rohrabacher met with a #Putin ally in Russia in August 2015, The Daily Beast has confirmed, matching an account in Monday’s blockbuster #FBI affidavit against accused Russian #spy Maria Butina

Butina was part of “discussions about the RUSSIAN OFFICIAL’s plans to meet with a U.S. Congressman during a Congressional Delegation trip to Moscow in August 2015,” FBI Agent Kevin #Helson’s affidavit swears. “In that conversation, BUTINA noted she has the RUSSIAN OFFICIAL’s diplomatic passport and can purchase a plane ticket for him from St. Petersburg to Moscow.”
#TyrantPutin #Russia #Kremlin #US

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Ranking New York’s 15 biggest sports stars https://nyp.st/2uxim1r

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Facebook employees driving possible move to G Suite from Microsoft services.

Another indication that Google continues to connect with younger employees.

https://9to5google.com/2018/07/17/google-facebook-g-suite-switch-rumor-microsoft/

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18 Things to Do After Installing #Linux Mint 19 Tara

https://www.fossmint.com/things-to-do-after-installing-linux-mint-19/

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Aaron Judge, 9 others go yard in homer-happy All-Star game https://nyp.st/2zLPU11

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A MUST READ ARTICLE: Why Fortnite accounts are selling for hundreds of dollars on eBay

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A MUST READ ARTICLE: PS4 Still Leads Software Sales for Ubisoft

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Avoid meats such as liver, kidney and sweetbreads, which have high purine levels and contribute to high blood levels of uric acid. 

Following a balanced diet will avoid elevating levels of uric acid.  https://www.healthuses.com/20-foods-to-lower-uric-acid-level-naturally/

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While Google Assistant is of course pretty useful especially over the last few months, sometimes it’s just lying there on your phone, waiting for you to call it up and ask it some questions or do some tasks. So we have to admit, a lot of times, it remains…

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Are you planning to get an Android Go handset?

#samsung #galaxyj2core #bluetooth #news #android

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Jeff Bezos must spend his $150B helping humanity otherwise he’s a scumbag http://tnw.me/xJBiHzJ

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Exclusive: This Is The Samsung Galaxy Note 9

#samsung #galaxynote9 #exclusive #flagship #android

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Have They No Sense of Decency? http://on.theatln.tc/968Y3fu

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The feature, available in Chrome Canary, delivers a warning banner when users visit a data-heavy website. #News #GoogleChrome

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Maria Butina, alleged Russia spy, indicted by US grand jury

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Nintendo Virtual Boy emulator for Oculus lets you enjoy VR like it’s 1995 again https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/virtual-boy-oculus-rift/

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On 16th July McLaren marked the homecoming of three-time Indy 500 winner Johnny Rutherford's iconic M16 IndyCar to McLaren HQ.

Watch to see how the employees and fans enjoyed the event.

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Lonzo Ball surgery a success! #NBA

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Its working on me

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Google gets slapped $5BN by EU for Android antitrust abuse https://tcrn.ch/2zQWp2u

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