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Six Italian stars shed light on early Black Hole evolution

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Scientists have found evidence that supermassive black holes in the early universe grew intermittently in the first billion years after the Big Bang. Credits: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Univ. of Rome/E.Pezzulli et al. Illustration: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss

Six female Italian scientists have recently accomplished stunning results in the framework of one of the most challenging topics in modern Astrophysics. Five of these outstanding scientists have no fixed, tenure-track contract; three have not yet turned 30.

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Jupiter’s South Pole finally discovered

Betsy Asher Hall / Gervasio Robles | JPL-Caltech | SwRI/MSSS | NASA This image shows Jupiter’s south pole, as seen by NASA’s Juno spacecraft from an altitude of 32,000 miles (52,000 kilometers). The oval features are cyclones, up to 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) in diameter. Multiple images taken with the JunoCam instrument on three separate orbits were combined to show all areas in daylight, enhanced color, and stereographic projection
Betsy Asher Hall / Gervasio Robles | JPL-Caltech | SwRI/MSSS | NASA
This image shows Jupiter’s south pole, as seen by NASA’s Juno spacecraft from an altitude of 32,000 miles (52,000 kilometers).

Astronomers and scientists all over the world are amazed by the first results of Juno mission. About 40 papers have already been presented to discuss the new, stunning data coming from the NASA’s mission to Jupiter. Continue reading Jupiter’s South Pole finally discovered

Climate change denial hits unprecedented levels

Climate change skeptics, also called “deniers” or “negationists”, are the people who put in doubt the reality of global warming and related climate change. These days, climate change deniers from all over the world and from all sectors and walks of life — religious, academic, business, political, activist, social justice and citizenry – are gaining strength after the election of US President Donald Trump, the Great Denier.

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Italy: A History of Earthquakes

 Italy braces itself once again in the wake of a M 6.6 jolt that shattered the town of Norcia, in the Southeast of Umbria, causing major damage to the Monastery of St. Benedict, one of many Italian architectural jewels that are prone to seismic activity in the central part of the peninsula. Continue reading Italy: A History of Earthquakes

Italy: Earthquakes don’t kill people, buildings do

Italy has once again been struck by a deadly temblor that, to date, caused 290 deaths and thousands of injured. This is the seventh deadly quake in Italy in the last 40 years, with most of the tremors concentrated in central-southern Italy.

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Giant helium reserve found in the East African Rift Valley

Underneath the iconic, East African terrain, lay huge volumes of helium.   Photograph by A. Tibaldi
Huge volumes of helium are trapped underneath the iconic, East African Rift terrain.
Photograph by A. Tibaldi

Reseachers uncovered a mammoth helium gas field, in the Tanzanian East African Rift, which they say could help address the increasingly critical shortage of this vital element.

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