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First Image of Black Hole Helps Turn Science Fiction into Fact: Canadian Researcher

First Image of Black Hole Helps Turn Science Fiction into Fact: Canadian Researcher

By Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press

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This image released Wednesday, April 10, 2019, by Event Horizon Telescope shows a black hole. Scientists revealed the first image ever made of a black hole after assembling data gathered by a network of radio telescopes around the world. (Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration/Maunakea Observatories via AP)

A global team of scientists that included a Canadian researcher allowed the world to “see the unseeable” on Wednesday, revealing the first ever captured image of a black hole.

The picture, depicting an orange and black ring of gravity-twisted light around the edge of an abyss, came about as a result of an international collaboration of more than 200 academics and images compiled from eight Earth-based telescopes positioned around the world.

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Canadian Space Sleuth Discovers NASA Satellite Not a ‘Piece of Space Junk’

Canadian Space Sleuth Discovers NASA Satellite Not a ‘Piece of Space Junk’

By The Canadian Press

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The IMAGE spacecraft undergoing launch preparations in early 2000. (NASA)

ROBERTS CREEK, B.C. – An amateur astronomer in British Columbia has made a discovery that has gained the attention of NASA.

Scott Tilley, a 47-year-old electrical technologist, sneaks time away from his family when he can to search for spy satellites using radio frequency signals and a contraption of remote control cameras and antennas on the roof of his Roberts Creek home on the Sunshine Coast.

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Bright Lights, Light-Fingered Aliens: All Part of Annual Report on UFO Sightings

Bright Lights, Light-Fingered Aliens: All Part of Annual Report on UFO Sightings

By The Canadian Press

Chris Rutkowski
Chris Rutkowski, Canada’s foremost UFO expert, whose day job is at the University of Manitoba is photographed in his Winnipeg home, Saturday, October 29, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – Bright lights, airplane near-misses and light-fingered aliens with a penchant for cool shades are all part of the annual report on UFO sightings in Canada.

The 2016 Canadian UFO Survey produced by Winnipeg-based Ufology Research was released this week. In total, there were 1,131 sightings of unidentified flying objects reported across Canada.

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Near-Record Number of UFOs Reported in Canada in 2015: Study

Near-Record Number of UFOs Reported in Canada in 2015: Study

UFOThe truth is out there, and in 2015, more Canadians tried to find it when it came to UFOs.

A newly-released study by Winnipeg-based Ufology Research has found while UFOs aren’t on the minds of most people, sightings of the flying objects spiked last year to 1,267. That’s about three or four every day reported to civilian and official agencies.

Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland had more reported UFOs in 2015 compared with 2014.

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Canadian Arthur McDonald Shares Nobel Prize in Physics for Work on Neutrinos

Canadian Arthur McDonald Shares Nobel Prize in Physics for Work on Neutrinos

By The Canadian Press

Takaaki Kajita
Takaaki Kajita of Japan, director of the Institute for Cosmic Ray Research and professor at the University of Tokyo, attends a press conference after learning he won the Nobel Prize in physics at the university in Tokyo, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

STOCKHOLM – Arthur McDonald — a professor emeritus at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., and the director of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory in northern Ontario — is a co-winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on tiny particles called neutrinos.

McDonald and Japanese scientist Takaaki Kajita were cited for the discovery of neutrino oscillations and their contributions to experiments showing that neutrinos change identities.

“The discovery has changed our understanding of the innermost workings of matter and can prove crucial to our view of the universe,” the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said in announcing the award early Tuesday.

McDonald, who spoke to reporters by phone from his home in Kingston immediately after the prize was announced, said being named by the committee is a “very daunting experience, needless to say.”

“Fortunately, I have many colleagues as well who share this prize with me.”

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Small Patch of Mars Named After Another Famous Cold Place: Winnipeg

Small Patch of Mars Named After Another Famous Cold Place: Winnipeg

By The Canadian Press

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(Mars image via Shutterstock / NASA)

WINNIPEG – From now on when someone says it’s as cold as Winnipeg, you may have to ask them to be more specific.

Winnipeg, Manitoba? Or Winnipeg, Mars?

A team of NASA scientists who are working with the Curiosity rover as it scans the red planet have named a small patch of rock “Winnipeg.”

“It’s been looking for water, essentially, evidence of past life and things like that. So Winnipeg is one of those spots along that scientific journey,” Scott Young, an astronomer with the Manitoba Museum, said Friday.

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Super-Looking Moon

Super-Looking Moon

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A perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, appears over Winnipeg on Sunday night. The largest one of 2014, it occurs when the moon is closer to the Earth than it is during a regular full moon. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)

Manitoba Science Labs on Track for Upgrades

The Manitoba government is spending $9.2 million to upgrade 21 science labs across the province.

The second phase of the province’s Science Action Plan was highlighted Monday at Collège Béliveau, where the school will benefit from two upgraded labs. Renovations include replacement of millwork, fixtures, flooring, ceilings, lighting and ventilation fume hoods.

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