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New Scientist International Edition

20-apr-19

New Scientist covers the latest developments in science and technology that will impact your world. New Scientist employs and commissions the best writers in their fields from all over the world. Our editorial team provide cutting-edge news, award-winning features and reports, written in concise and clear language that puts discoveries and advances in the context of everyday life today and in the future.

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ManagementExecutive chairman Bernard GrayChief executive Nina WrightFinance director Jenni PrinceChief technology officer Chris CorderoyMarketing director Jo AdamsHuman resources Shirley SpencerNon-executive director Louise RogersPublishing and commercialHR co-ordinator Serena RobinsonFacilities manager Ricci WelchExecutive assistants Sarah Gauld, Lorraine LodgeReceptionist Alice CatlingDisplay advertisingTel +44 (0)20 7611 1291Email displayads@newscientist.comCommercial director Chris Martin Lynne Garcia, Richard Holliman, Justin Viljoen, Henry Vowden, Helen WilliamsRecruitment advertisingTel +44 (0)20 7611 1204Email nssales@newscientist.comRecruitment sales manager Mike BlackKey account managers Viren Vadgama, Nicola CubedduUS sales manager Jeanne ShapiroMarketingHead of campaign marketing James Nicholson David Hunt, Poppy Lepora, Chloe ThompsonHead of customer experience Emma RobinsonHead of data analytics Tom TinerWeb developmentMaria Moreno Garrido, Tom McQuillan, Amardeep SianNew Scientist LiveTel +44 (0)20 7611 1206Email live@newscientist.comEvents director Adrian NewtonCreative director Valerie JamiesonSales director Jacqui McCarronExhibition sales manager Charles MostynEvent manager Henry GommUK NewsstandTel +44 (0)20…

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the black hole wow factor

(EHT COLLABORATION)WOW. That was what Katie Bouman’s face said, in an image widely shared on social media, as she saw what she and her colleagues had made: the first picture of a black hole (see page 6). If anyone wonders if science has anything to offer, or is for them, take a look at the joy, disbelief and pride shown by the diverse, global team of scientists who made it happen. Yes, it does, and yes, it is.Sometimes on an untrodden path, you need time to find the way. New Scientist reported on the first attempts to snap a black hole almost exactly 10 years ago, and we have checked in regularly since. In our special issue of 10 October 2015 celebrating 100 years of Albert Einstein’s general theory of…

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your black hole questions answered

READERS of New Scientist were thrilled to see a black hole for the first time, but the image of the M87 black hole left many people puzzled. We gathered questions on our Twitter account @‌newscientist and have answered some of the best below. For the full Q&A, visit bit.‌ly/black-hole-qsDON’T BLACK HOLES SUCK EVERYTHING IN, INCLUDING LIGHT? HOW CAN WE SEE ONE?The picture is of the black hole’s silhouette against the bright material circling it. Nothing we can see is coming out of the black hole.WHY IS THE IMAGE BRIGHTER ON ONE SIDE?The black hole is rotating. The light coming towards us appears brighter and that moving away seems dimmer.WHERE IS THE EVENT HORIZON?The event horizon, from beyond which even light cannot escape, is in the central black area – the…

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gaze into the abyss

HUMANITY has had its very first look at a black hole. Last week, the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), a global collaboration that uses radio telescopes around the world to make one Earth-sized observatory, unveiled its pictures of the black hole at the centre of the distant M87 galaxy, the first direct images of one ever taken. Now, the even harder work begins: figuring out what it all means.“You’re seeing photons that are just zipping around the black hole and they must come from very nearby”The images are the first proof that the event horizon – the line at which a black hole’s gravity is so strong that nothing, not even light, can escape – is real. They show light from matter right next to the black hole bending around it…

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black holes are colliding across the universe

LIGO is back at it. Having just restarted on 1 April after months of upgrades, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory has already spotted another two black-hole collisions.Gravitational waves are ripples in space-time that occur whenever massive objects move, like the wake behind a boat travelling across a lake. LIGO announced the first-ever observations of gravitational waves in 2016 and has now spotted a total of 13 gravitational signatures of pairs of enormous objects smashing together.Following the upgrade to the twin detectors near Livingston in Louisiana and Hanford in Washington, we expect to see about one gravitational wave per week. And, just a few weeks after the detectors were turned back on, that expectation is already becoming reality. The first collision was announced on 8 April, with the detection of gravitational…

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how the brain processes a pleasant touch

WE ARE starting to understand why a tender caress feels different to other forms of touch.Parts of the skin that have hairs on them, such as the backs of hands but not the palms, have nerve fibres that respond to gentle touch. Normally, when mammals are touched, these fibres send a signal through the spinal cord to a part of the brain called the primary somatosensory cortex, which reacts to changes on the surface of the body.But for pleasurable touch, this signal takes a detour to a part of the brain called the insular cortex first. To understand how these pleasure signals are processed, Louise Kirsch at Sorbonne University in France and her colleagues compared the touch responses of 59 people who had experienced a stroke with those of 20…

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