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Activists occupy Paris theater as protesters across France demand cultural venues reopen despite Covid-19 fears (VIDEOS) - rt

Activists occupy Paris theater as protesters across France demand cultural venues reopen despite Covid-19 fears (VIDEOS)

Dozens of demonstrators have taken over Paris's Odeon Theater as part of national protests against the continued closure of cultural venues as the French government brings in tougher Covid-19 curbs.
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Sputnik V beats AstraZeneca in popularity: People in Austria, Germany & Switzerland view Russia’s jab more favorably, study says - rt

Sputnik V beats AstraZeneca in popularity: People in Austria, Germany & Switzerland view Russia’s jab more favorably, study says

Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, which still hasn’t been approved in the EU, has nevertheless seemingly won the favor of people in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, beating the already available AstraZeneca jab, a study shows.
rt - 17 minutes ago
EU blocks shipment of 250,000 Oxford vaccines in supply row - metro

EU blocks shipment of 250,000 Oxford vaccines in supply row

They were due to go to Australia, but will now stay within the EU.
metro - 1 hour ago
Republicans Rejected Federal Childcare Money in Idaho Because a Mother’s Place Is in the Home - vice

Republicans Rejected Federal Childcare Money in Idaho Because a Mother’s Place Is in the Home

"Any bill that makes it easier or more convenient for mothers to come out of the home and let others raise their child, I don’t think that’s a good direction for us to be going,” said one GOP lawmaker during debates.
vice - 1 hour ago
Derek Chauvin

Derek Chauvin's Murder Trial Starts Next Week and Minneapolis Looks Like a War Zone

The city is putting up prison-style barbed-wire and high-security fences everywhere.
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9 dead & 4 injured in Turkish military helicopter crash, search efforts launched in snowy mountain region - rt

9 dead & 4 injured in Turkish military helicopter crash, search efforts launched in snowy mountain region

At least nine soldiers have died and four more were injured after a Cougar military helicopter crashed in southeast Turkey, the country's defense ministry said in a statement on Thursday.
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New Covid variant under investigation in UK as 16 cases found - metro

New Covid variant under investigation in UK as 16 cases found

The variant has been designated a Variant Under Investigation (VUI).
metro - 1 hour ago
Furloughed bartender wins £100,000 on Lottery scratchcard - metro

Furloughed bartender wins £100,000 on Lottery scratchcard

It came after a 'tough year' when they were struggling for cash.
metro - 1 hour ago
Looks Like College Students Are Getting $1,400 Stimulus Checks for the First Time - vice

Looks Like College Students Are Getting $1,400 Stimulus Checks for the First Time

Or rather, their parents will get that extra cash, per the Democrats’ $1.9 trillion economic rescue plan, set to be debated by the Senate any minute now.
vice - 1 hour ago
Dad had to watch autistic toddler drown in frozen pond after ice gave way beneath him as he rushed to save her - metro

Dad had to watch autistic toddler drown in frozen pond after ice gave way beneath him as he rushed to save her

Josh Haggard rushed to try and save his daughter Carmen - but fell through a different patch of ice too far away, and was unable to climb back out in time
metro - 2 hours ago
Flamboyant Spanish drug lord released from prison after raising €200,000 in bail money through crowdfunding - rt

Flamboyant Spanish drug lord released from prison after raising €200,000 in bail money through crowdfunding

A Spanish drug lord whose high-profile stunts have included appearing in a rap star’s video has now been released from jail after he posted €200,000 ($240,000) in bail money through crowdfunding.
rt - 2 hours ago
Italy blocks 250,000 doses of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine from reaching Australia in first for EU – reports - rt

Italy blocks 250,000 doses of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine from reaching Australia in first for EU – reports

The Italian government has reportedly prevented a shipment of some 250,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University from leaving the country for Australia, in the first such action in the EU.
rt - 2 hours ago
Nearly a fifth of all food produced around the world ends up in the bin, UN report says - rt

Nearly a fifth of all food produced around the world ends up in the bin, UN report says

Almost one-fifth of all food that’s produced to be eaten by consumers goes to waste, the UN Environmental Program (UNEP) said in a new report, noting that most of the waste (61 percent) is actually produced by households.
rt - 2 hours ago
Wow a Republican Voted for the George Floyd Bill—Nevermind, Wrong Button - vice

Wow a Republican Voted for the George Floyd Bill—Nevermind, Wrong Button

Rep. Lance Gooden voted for police reform. Except he didn’t.
vice - 3 hours ago
FactCheck: how competitive is the UK after Rishi Sunak’s corporation tax hike?  - channel 4

FactCheck: how competitive is the UK after Rishi Sunak’s corporation tax hike? 

It’s a massive change in policy – the first time a UK chancellor has raised the headline rate of corporation tax in decades.
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EU parliament SUSPENDS Brexit deal vote after accusing UK of violating Northern Ireland protocol – reports - rt

EU parliament SUSPENDS Brexit deal vote after accusing UK of violating Northern Ireland protocol – reports

The European Parliament has scrubbed plans for its vote on the post-Brexit trade deal between the UK and EU in protest against Boris Johnson’s unilateral decision to change parts of the Northern Ireland agreement, RTE reports.
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IAEA chief says Iran agrees to technical meeting to clarify unanswered questions over nuclear program - rt

IAEA chief says Iran agrees to technical meeting to clarify unanswered questions over nuclear program

Iran has accepted an invitation from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to a technical meeting to clarify “outstanding issues” over its nuclear program and site inspections, the head of the UN body has announced.
rt - 3 hours ago
Hero nurse who held hands of dying Covid patients dies after struggling to cope - metro

Hero nurse who held hands of dying Covid patients dies after struggling to cope

'She told us with tear-filled eyes that she was often the last person they saw,' her sister said.
metro - 3 hours ago
Racist called A&E security guard ‘n****r’ while drunk and high on crack - metro

Racist called A&E security guard ‘n****r’ while drunk and high on crack

The man called a security guard a ‘dirty n****r’.
metro - 4 hours ago
Cops Keep Shooting Black Men With Cell Phones Assuming They’re Guns - vice

Cops Keep Shooting Black Men With Cell Phones Assuming They’re Guns

The police officer who shot and killed 47-year-old Donnie Sanders won't be charged. Before him, there was Andre Hill, Stephon Clarke, and Flint Farmer.
vice - 4 hours ago
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Most ancient supermassive black hole ever discovered powers distant quasar and sheds light on early universe

Most ancient supermassive black hole ever discovered powers distant quasar and sheds light on early universe

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In a milestone breakthrough, astronomers have discovered the oldest supermassive black hole ever seen. The extraordinary find dates back to the early days of the universe and fuels the most distant quasar yet known.

The mammoth black hole weighs in with a mass equivalent to the combined mass of 1.6 billion suns. It dates all the way back to 670 million years after the Big Bang, when the universe was a mere five percent of its current age.

The black hole lies at the heart of the earliest quasar ever discovered. Quasars are the incredibly bright nucleus of an active galaxy. Their powerful glow is created by the extraordinary amounts of energy released by gas falling towards the supermassive black hole at their center.

The quasar is formally known as J0313-1806. © NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/J. da Silva

The quasar is 13.03 billion light-years from Earth, making it the most distant quasar discovered to date. Distant quasars are crucial to understanding the nature of the early universe. They offer insights about the formation of black holes and massive galaxies in that period.

The object is the first of its kind to show evidence of an outflowing wind of super-heated gas escaping from the surroundings of the black hole at a fifth of the speed of light.

The astronomers also observed intense star formation activity in the galaxy where the quasar is located. 

The extraordinary size of the black hole and the fact that it dates back to so early in the universe defies current scientific understanding of how these cosmic giants form. 

Artist's rendering of a quasar. © ESO/M. Kornmesser

Supermassive black holes are thought to grow from smaller seed black holes that devour matter. The University of Arizona researchers calculated that even if the black hole’s seed formed right after the first stars in the universe and grew as fast as possible, it would have needed a starting mass of at least 10,000 suns. 

This is simply too fast for the current models of how seed black holes form, which is through the collapse of massive stars. 

“This is the earliest evidence of how a supermassive black hole is affecting its host galaxy around it,” said the paper’s lead author Feige Wang.

“From observations of less distant galaxies, we know that this has to happen, but we have never seen it happening so early in the universe.”

The researchers hope to learn more about the quasar and black hole with future observations, especially with NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, which is due to be launched later this year.

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