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https://www.salon.com/2020/09/03/gravit ... lack-hole/

LIGO has confirmed the existence of intermediate size black holes, capturing the merger of a black hole of 66 solar masses with another of 85 solar masses, into one of 142 solar masses.

Previously, only black holes of 5-20 solar masses (your bog standard supernova leftover) and supermassive black holes (hundreds of thousands to billions of solar masses (like SgrA*)) have been observed.
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Authentic wins the 2020 Kentucky Derby.

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Baseball Hall of Famer Lou Brock dies at 81.

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Millie Bobby Brown movie: Enola Holmes (sister of Sherlock & Mycroft) Enola is "alone" backwards.

Tom Hanks movie: Greyhound - adaptation of C.S. Forester's The Good Shepherd

Harry Styles song: "Watermelon Sugar"

Sarah Paulson starring in Netflix series: Ratched as MIildred the nurse from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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Dame Diana Rigg has died at the age of 82. The Tony and Emmy-winning actress is probably best known for playing the witty, catsuit-wearing intelligence agent Emma Peel on TV's The Avengers in the 1960s. Rigg was nominated for an Emmy nine times, including four times for her supporting role as Lady Olenna Tyrell on Game of Thrones. She won her only Emmy for playing Mrs. Danvers in a 1997 television adaptation of Rebecca.

On film, Rigg played a significant role in the James Bond franchise, portraying Tracy Di Vicenzo, the woman who marries Bond in 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, only to be murdered the same day by the archvillain Blofeld and his henchman.

Rigg was well received for her stage work in London and on Broadway, winning a Tony Award for Best Actress in 1994 in the title role of Medea. However, a savage review from John Simon for her Broadway turn in Abelard and Heloise prompted her to begin collecting devastating theatrical reviews throughout history, which she published in a 1982 book, No Turn Unstoned.

In 1994, Diana Rigg was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for her services to drama.

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Walter Mosley is the 2020 recipient of the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, presented by the National Book Foundation. He is the first Black man to receive the award.

A regular in J! clues, Mosley has written more than sixty books that have won him numerous awards including the Edgar Award, the O. Henry Award, the Mystery Writers of America’s Grand Master Award, a Grammy, several NAACP Image awards, and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mosley is best known for his fourteen mysteries featuring his main protagonist, Easy Rawlins. Most of the Easy Rawlins novels have a color in the title — for example, Devil in a Blue Dress, White Butterfly, A Little Yellow Dog, Little Scarlet, Rose Gold, and Charcoal Joe.

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Eisenhower Memorial: https://www.npr.org/2020/09/15/90842786 ... ted-in-d-c

Key name: Frank Gehry

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Phosphine has been found in the atmosphere of Venus which might be a signature of potential life as, on Earth, it only comes from biological sources.
https://gizmodo.com/scientists-detect-a ... 1845051001

2020 Ig Nobel mentions!
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/09 ... el-prizes/
One winner performed experiments where an alligator would bellow both while in a chamber filled with regular air and another with a helium+air mixture

Eyebrows can be used to test for narcissists (The more distinct your eyebrows, the more narcissistic you apparently are)

One went to a study into the shape earthworms take when subject to high frequencies

Scientists who study insects are often afraid of spiders.

And a study into the discovery of a new condition, Misophonia: "the distress at hearing other people make chewing sounds"
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Volante wrote:
Thu Sep 17, 2020 7:53 pm
Phosphine has been found in the atmosphere of Venus which might be a signature of potential life as, on Earth, it only comes from biological sources.
https://gizmodo.com/scientists-detect-a ... 1845051001
I've heard that (*koff koff*) penguin droppings are especially high in phosphine.

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squarekara wrote:
Thu Sep 17, 2020 8:45 pm
Volante wrote:
Thu Sep 17, 2020 7:53 pm
Phosphine has been found in the atmosphere of Venus which might be a signature of potential life as, on Earth, it only comes from biological sources.
https://gizmodo.com/scientists-detect-a ... 1845051001
I've heard that (*koff koff*) penguin droppings are especially high in phosphine.
Stop being ridiculous. Nothing could survive on Venus.

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Volante wrote:
Thu Sep 17, 2020 7:53 pm
And a study into the discovery of a new condition, Misophonia: "the distress at hearing other people make chewing sounds"
What's ig nobel about that? My ex had that, and it wasn't funny. It should be studied.

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