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Sunday April 14th, 2019 night edition

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On Wednesday, astronomers announced that they’d captured the world’s first image of a black hole — and the internet couldn’t handle it.

No, we’re not talking about black hole Shrek memes or snarky opinion pieces about how this image of an object 55 million light-years away was “so blurry.”

So in addition to being a massive achievement of human ingenuity and understanding, one that confirmed several theories about black holes, the M87 black hole image was also a Herculean feat of data storage and management.

Over seven days in April 2017, the EHT experiment turned all eight telescopes toward M87.

There’s no internet that can compete with 5 petabytes of data on a plane.”.

The ALMA observatory in Chile was one of the eight telescopes that imaged the M87 black hole.

Ironically, Chan’s team used these powerful GPUs to simulate so many black holes in advance of the M87 observation, they already knew what to expect from the real black hole. »

Medicaid Could Save $2.6 Billion Within a Year if Just 1 Percent of Recipients Quit Smoking

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Medicaid Could Save $2.6 Billion Within a Year if Just 1 Percent of Recipients Quit Smoking.

Reducing smoking, and its associated health effects, among Medicaid recipients in each state by just 1 percent would result in $2.6 billion in total Medicaid savings the following year, according to new research by UC San Francisco.

“While 14 percent of all adults in the U.S. smoke cigarettes, 24.5 percent of adult Medicaid recipients smoke,” said Glantz. »

N.J groom charged with sexually assaulting teen waitress at his own wedding appears in court with his bride

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A New Jersey man accused of sexually assaulting a teenage waitress at his own wedding in Pennsylvania last fall appeared in court Thursday with his wife.

Aimers’ attorney told reporters outside court on Thursday his client is innocent of the charges.

“If that young man committed a crime at his reception, Dr. Phil couldn’t fix his marriage,” attorney Louis Busico said. »

All Welsh schools to get free sanitary products

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More than 141,000 girls in all Welsh primary and secondary schools will be given access to free sanitary products under Welsh Government plans.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The move is aimed at tackling "period poverty" - where women and girls cannot afford sanitary products.

Rhondda Cynon Taf last year announced it would offer free sanitary products to all school girls in the council area. »