This is the first image of the black hole at the center of our galaxy
It may not seem like much, but this blurry orange-black image is the supermassive black hole at the heart of our Milky Way Galaxy, which has been imaged for the first time.
Although the black hole itself, known as Sagittarius A*, is completely dark, it is surrounded by a bright ring of glowing gas distorted by its own gravity. It was captured by the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration, the same global team that famously captured the first-ever image of a black hole in the Messier 87 (M87) galaxy in 2019. Read the full story.
Quote of the day
“I want to go back to my family – and not in a coffin.”
—Dmitri, a Russian soldier, explains why he refused to return to the invasion of Ukraine once he was back on Russian soil to the guard†
The must reads
I’ve scoured the internet to find the funniest/important/scary/fascinating stories about technology today.
1 Elon Musk Has Put His Twitter Deal “On Hold”
He said he was waiting for details to support the calculation that spam and fake accounts represented less than 5% of users. †WP †
† The news comes after the company fired two of its most senior executives† †NYT †
† For celebrities, Twitter is high risk and low reward† †WP †
† Musk pits US Tesla employees against their counterparts in China. †the guard†
2 Six people have now died in North Korea amid first covid outbreak
Another 187,800 people are being isolated and treated for the virus. †the guard†
† Africa’s first covid vaccine factory has yet to receive a single order. †NYT †
3 Russian Hackers Could Be Charged With Cyber War Crimes
Ukraine’s critical infrastructure was targeted during the war. †wired †
4 Crypto Detectives Are In High Demand
Detectives are hired to track down stolen bitcoin and NFTs. †Vox†
† How the Current Crypto Crash Reflects the 2008 Financial Crisis† †Foreign policy†
† NFT sales are also still falling. †WSJ †
5 Instagram Algorithms Drive Fear And Outrage To New Parents
But opting out of seeing posts that provoke knee-jerk reactions isn’t easy. †WP †
† A Texas law punishing social media for “censoring” users has been reinstated. †axios†
6 The FBI Bought Pegasus Spyware To Support Investigations
The Bureau previously said it bought the hacking tool to test and evaluate it. †NYT †
† Google fails to enforce its own ban on stalkerware ads† (TR)
7 How Japan Lost Its Global Technological Edge
Now it’s trying to claw it back. †Rest of the world†
8 Thousands of Popular Websites Track Your Typing
Keyloggers collect keystrokes before you even hit ‘send’ on a form. †wired †
† Yik Yak, the anonymous social media platform, has disclosed the locations of its users. †Motherboard†
9 Our understanding of female incels is still murky
Mainly because they are not a unified group with defined, shared goals. †The Atlantic Ocean †
10 The Primitive Bots Of The 2000s Paved The Way For Alexa
And they were a lot nicer too. †Dazed†
We can still have nice things
A place for comfort, fun and distraction in these strange times. (Have any ideas? Message me or tweet them to me†
+ Wrinkle the duck ran the Long Island marathon (well, a mile of it) and was rewarded with his own small medal†
+ Danny Boyle’s upcoming TV series about the Sex Pistols sounds very nice.
+ Barry Webb’s photos of slime mold organisms are utterly fascinating – they look like alien trees.
+ After yesterday’s giant sturgeon, a giant endangered stingray returned safely to the Mekong River in Cambodia.
+ “BookTok” is undeniably get more young people to read†
+ It’s Friday the 13th! This is why it is a bad day in some cultures.
+ I’m really not sure about this ice cream flavour†