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13 fun facts about Friday the 13th

13 fun facts about Friday the 13th

Yet another Friday the 13th has arrived, bringing the usual superstitious chatter along with vows to avoid flying and other fear-inducing activities. Why are we so weird about the 13th? The answer is unclear but our aversion may have religious origins. Some Christians believe Friday is unlucky because it’s the day Jesus was crucified, and…MORE

Astronomer spots possible new interstellar visitor in our solar system

Astronomer spots possible new interstellar visitor in our solar system

Almost two years after the first interstellar visitor was detected in our solar system, astronomers believe they’ve found one that’s incoming, according to NASA. The first object, known as ‘Oumuamua, was found in October 2017. Interstellar means that the object originated from outside of our solar system. On August 30, Gennady Borisov spotted a new…MORE

The Milky Way’s supermassive black hole is feasting

The Milky Way’s supermassive black hole is feasting

Earlier this year, astronomers were surprised to spot “unprecedented” changes in the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy. Now, they may have a better understanding of what they witnessed: the black hole enjoying an interstellar feast of gas and dust. Astronomers were using the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope in Chile…MORE

Ghost crabs ‘growl’ from their stomachs, scientists find

Ghost crabs ‘growl’ from their stomachs, scientists find

You wouldn’t want to encounter an angry crab — but as well as brandishing and snapping their claws, scientists have discovered that crabs can also “growl” in a show of aggression. Researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California studied the ghost crab and found that it could produce a “rasping…MORE

Hubble snaps new portrait of Saturn

Hubble snaps new portrait of Saturn

When Saturn was approaching closest to Earth this year on June 20, the Hubble Space Telescope captured the view. Saturn was 845,064,821 miles from Earth and tilted towards us, showcasing its beautiful rings in detail. Even the more faint inner rings are visible here. Previously, we could only see views like this if a spacecraft…MORE

Meet Victoria, one of the most complete T. rex fossils in the world

Meet Victoria, one of the most complete T. rex fossils in the world

After she hatched 66 million years ago, Victoria was the queen predator of her time during the Cretaceous period. But the Tyrannosaurus rex was struck down in her prime, before reaching her 30s, by an unlikely culprit. Now, the second most complete T. rex skeleton on record is about to embark on a global tour…MORE

Lakes on Saturn’s moon may be explosion craters

Lakes on Saturn’s moon may be explosion craters

Saturn’s moon Titan is a curiosity in our solar system, the only other body besides Earth to host liquid water on its surface. And it’s the only moon in our solar system that has an atmosphere. But it’s not exactly inviting. The lakes on the icy moon are filled with liquid ethane and methane. Titan…MORE

John Bolton’s firing won’t end the confusion over US foreign policy

John Bolton’s firing won’t end the confusion over US foreign policy

Anyone hoping that John Bolton getting fired by the Trump administration would end the confusion over American foreign policy is likely to be disappointed. Bolton, the erstwhile national security adviser, was a rare constant in President Donald Trump’s foreign policy. He read the details. He opined. He threatened. He had some quite scary ideas, many…MORE

Ancient kangaroo had a koala-like face and jaws of steel

Ancient kangaroo had a koala-like face and jaws of steel

This ancient kangaroo really knew how to chew the scenery. Sthenurine kangaroos, also called “short-faced” kangaroos, are extinct now. But these marsupials lived in Australia around 42,000 years ago. And unlike modern kangaroos, they had short snouts, powerful jaws and teeth and skulls built for a tough, hefty diet. Rex Mitchell, a researcher of feeding…MORE

Giant balloon structures found at the center of the Milky Way

Giant balloon structures found at the center of the Milky Way

A pair of towering, hourglass-like balloons have been discovered at the heart of our home galaxy, the Milky Way, according to a new study. They are some of the largest features ever observed at the galactic center and researchers were able to detect them because they’re emitting radio waves. A new study describing the balloons…MORE

Liz’s Dirt

Wednesday’s Dirt

Britney Spears’ father, Jamie, has been cleared of child abuse charges.  Authorities say there was ‘insufficient proof’ to prove the accusations.  But today there is expected to be a court battle over the conservatorship anyway.  Britney’s mother is trying to get Jamie removed because she’s says he’s no longer fit. Backstreet Boy, Nick Carter, has…

Tuesday’s Dirt

Remember when Kevin Hart’s friend taped him being intimate with a woman other than his wife and tried to extort him?  Well, now the ‘co-star’ of the video is suing Kevin for $60 million, claiming that he was in on it.  She feels that he was in on it for publicity and is suing for…