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The real deal: Astronomers deliver first ever photo of a black hole

PARIS Astronomers on Wednesday unveiled the first photo of a black hole, one of the star-devouring monsters scattered throughout the Universe and obscured by impenetrable shields of gravity. The image of a dark core encircled by a flame-orange halo of white-hot plasma looks like any number of artists’ renderings over …

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Israeli spacecraft starts orbiting moon on maiden voyage

JERUSALEM An Israeli spacecraft on the country’s first lunar mission began orbiting the Moon on Thursday, completing a key manoeuvre ahead of a planned touchdown next week, mission chiefs said. The move — known as a “lunar capture” — shifted the unmanned Beresheet craft into an elliptical orbit that brought …

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Google disbands artificial intelligence ethics board

SAN FRANCISCO Google on Thursday confirmed that it has disbanded a recently assembled artificial intelligence ethics advisory panel in the face of controversy over its membership. The end of the Advanced Technology External Advisory Council (ATEAC) came just days after a group of Google employees launched a public campaign against …

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Facebook’s Zuckerberg wants ‘more active’ govt role in regulating internet content

WASHINGTON Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg called Saturday for governments to play a “more active role” in regulating the internet, urging more countries to adopt versions of sweeping European rules aimed at safeguarding user privacy. Facebook and other internet giants have long resisted government intervention, but the leading social network has …

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