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Astronomer tells Wikinews about discovery of closest black hole known so far
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Astronomer tells Wikinews about discovery of closest black hole known so far

A study published in journal Astronomy & Astrophysics in April reported astronomers from the European Southern Observatory and elsewhere discovered a black hole in the Telescopium constellation, about 1000 light years away from the Solar System, meaning it is the nearest known black hole from the Earth. Wikinews caught up with co-author Thomas Rivinius to discuss this discovery.

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SpaceX successfully launches its first crewed spaceflight
SpaceX successfully launches its first crewed spaceflight

SpaceX successfully launched its first crewed mission at 1922 UTC on Saturday from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, US with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley in a Crew Dragon capsule atop a Falcon 9 rocket. This was the first launch of a crewed spacecraft from the United States since NASA's final Space Shuttle mission in July 2011 — a mission Hurley piloted.

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SARS-CoV-2 surpasses 100,000 confirmed deaths in the United States
SARS-CoV-2 surpasses 100,000 confirmed deaths in the United States

On Wednesday, the total number of confirmed deaths linked to SARS-CoV-2 infections surpassed 100,000 in the United States, Johns Hopkins University data indicated. The coronavirus causes COVID-19, a sometimes-fatal disease.

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Georgian tennis player Nikoloz Basilashvili arrested on domestic violence charge
Georgian tennis player Nikoloz Basilashvili arrested on domestic violence charge

Nikoloz Basilashvili, a Georgian tennis player with current world ranking number 27, was arrested on Friday on a charge of domestic violence in front of a minor.

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Neuroscientists tell Wikinews about empathy and harm aversion observed in lab rats
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Neuroscientists tell Wikinews about empathy and harm aversion observed in lab rats

In findings published in March in journal Current Biology, neuroscientists from the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience examined aversion of laboratory rats against hurting other rats, and reported which region of the brain was crucial for it. Wikinews caught up with Dr Christian Keysers and Dr Valeria Gazzola, two of the authors who contributed to the paper.

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