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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope captures galaxy NGC 4395 in infrared light. NGC 4395 is about 1,000 times smaller than the Milky Way, and a team of astronomers including U-M's Elena Gallo has determined the mass of the black hole at its center. CREDIT NASA

Astronomers determined the mass of surprisingly tiny black hole

The motions of gas and stars in the nuclei of nearby galaxies have demonstrated that massive black holes are common and that their masses...
Parker Solar Probe helps solve sun's super-heating mystery

Parker Solar Probe helps solve sun’s super-heating mystery

For more than a half-century, since the problem of coronal heating was discovered in the 1940s, astronomers have tried to establish why the Sun's...
An artist's rendition of Planet X. NASA

Solar system’s hidden Planet X may finally be spotted soon

Over the course of the past two decades, observational surveys have unveiled the intricate orbital structure of the Kuiper Belt, a field of icy...

Physicists create a quantum refrigerator that cools with an absence of light

For the first time ever, a team of scientists managed to cool an object with the absence of light. The method, which has never...
Study personnel collect samples in a neighborhood in Managua in June 2017 from participants in the Nicaraguan Pediatric Dengue Cohort Study (PDCS), a long-standing pediatric dengue cohort established in 2004. Image credit: Sustainable Sciences Institute, Paolo Harris Paz.

Children with dengue infection could be protected from symptomatic Zika

Dengue has been endemic to the Americas, Zika wasn’t reported in the region until 2015. The viruses are very similar: they are transmitted by...
Many parents still believe "folklore strategies" or use vitamins or supplements for cold prevention that are not scientifically supported. CREDIT C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health at the University of Michigan.

Almost half of parents try non-evidence-based cold prevention methods for kids

More than half of the parents believe that Vitamin C keeps germs away from their kids. They even don't allow kids to go outside with...
1/3 of kids live in extended family homes before 18

1/3 of kids live in extended family homes before 18

Almost 17% of kids lived with their living in 1/3 of kids live in extended family homes before 18, a new study suggests. The study...
Not being able to stay off electronics -- including social media and cell phones -- was the number 1 reason parents cited for their teen's sleep disturbance. CREDIT C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health at the University of Michigan

Half of the sleep deprived teenager’s parents blame electronics

In societies the world over, teenagers are blamed for staying up late, then struggling to wake up in the morning. While it’s true that...
Scientists explored the association between curiosity and academic achievement

Scientists explored the association between curiosity and academic achievement

There are some factors that lead children to have better school performance. Family income, access to early childhood programs and home environment rank are on the...

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