Unprecedented Tidal Disruption Shown In Artistic Animation [Video]


  • Tidal disruption involves death by spaghettification of a nearby star to a black hole
  • Spaghettification  occurs when a star is devoured by a black hole
  • Astronomers can now better understand how supermassive black holes behave

The last moments of a star dying by spaghettification have been demonstrated in an artistic animation as scientists made a recording of what happens when a black hole rips a star apart when it gets too close. The phenomenon happened just 215 million light-years from Earth, making the scientists’ observation unprecedented.  

By using the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope and New Technology Telescope, the Las Cumbres Observatory global telescope network and the Neil Gehrels Swift Satellite, a team of scientists was able to record a phenomenon called tidal disruption event. 

In a study published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, the team explained that tidal disruption involves death by spaghettification

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Apple face mask created by iPhone design team shown in new video

  • Apple developed a face mask for employees that has three layers to filter particles and includes flaps for protecting the nose and chin, Bloomberg previously reported.
  • A new video provides a closer look at the mask’s appearance and fit.
  • The Apple Face Mask also comes with a piece for connecting the two ear straps behind the head for a tighter fit.
  • The face mask is said to have been designed by Apple’s engineering and design teams, the same groups working on products like the iPhone and the iPad.
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Apple’s special face mask for employees was created by the same teams that work on its products. Now, a new video provides a glimpse of how Apple’s mask looks and fits.

The YouTube channel Unbox Therapy on Thursday published a video detailing every aspect of Apple’s mask, from how it’s packaged to how it fits

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Remote neuropsychology tests for children shown effective, study finds — ScienceDaily

Administering neuropsychology evaluations to children online in the comfort of their own homes is feasible and delivers results comparable to tests traditionally performed in a clinic, a new study led by UT Southwestern researchers and Children’s Health indicates. The finding, published online this month in the Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, could help expand access to specialists and reduce barriers to care, particularly as the popularity of telemedicine grows during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Patients with a variety of neurological disorders require periodic neuropsychological evaluations to track their cognition, academic skills, memory, attention, and other variables. Typically, these tests are done in clinics, often by specialists in these disorders.

However, explains Lana Harder, Ph.D., ABPP, associate professor of psychiatry and neurology at UTSW, many patients travel hundreds of miles to access specialists for their care — a major expense and inconvenience that can also cause fatigue and potentially influence the results.

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