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Black hole portrait wins Breakthrough Prize

What’s $3 million divided by 347? That’s the math problem to be solved by the physicists on the Event Horizon Telescope team, who won one of the top awards in the Breakthrough Prize program for snapping the first picture showing the dark maw of a … Continue reading

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Breakthrough Prizes give $22M to science pioneers

The program known as the “Oscars of Science” has revealed who’ll be getting the spotlight — and almost $22 million in awards — at next month’s Breakthrough Prize ceremony in Silicon Valley. The Breakthrough Prize Foundation and its sponsors listed nine researchers as … Continue reading

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Pulsar discoverer wins $3 million prize … at last

British astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell missed out on a share of the Nobel Prize for her part in the discovery of the first radio pulsars in 1967, but now she has a $3 million Breakthrough Prize all to herself. Bell Burnell’s selection … Continue reading

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SETI scientists hear nothing from interstellar object

The scientists behind the Breakthrough Listen initiative say they haven’t detected any radio signals coming from a strange interstellar object known as ‘Oumuamua, but there are still more observations to be made and analyzed. Get the news brief on GeekWire.

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Is weird object a starship? Scientists will check

Is that cigar-shaped, fast-moving interstellar object a spaceship? Almost certainly not, but Breakthrough Listen will check just to make sure. The Breakthrough Listen campaign, which checks celestial targets for radio signals from intelligent civilizations, will turn the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia toward … Continue reading

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Cosmic mappers win share of glitzy spotlight

This year’s Breakthrough Prizes, cast as the “Oscars of Science,” are going to genetic engineers, disease fighters, math whizzes — and the scientists on the cosmos-mapping team behind the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe, or WMAP. Today’s award of $22 million in prizes is … Continue reading

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Billionaire wants to look for life on Enceladus

Russian billionaire Yuri Milner today laid out his vision to send the first privately funded interplanetary space mission to look for life at the Saturnian moon Enceladus — but first he had to address less lofty matters. Milner has been in … Continue reading

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