– Melissa Heikkilä
This is the first image of the black hole in the center of our galaxy
It may not seem like much, but this blurred orange-black picture is the supermassive black hole in the heart of our Milky Way galaxy, which was taken 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 that is distorted by its own gravity. It was shot by Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration, the same global team that took the famous first picture of a black hole in the galaxy Messier 87 (M87) in 2019. Read the full story.
Quote of the day
“I want to go back to my family – and not in a coffin.”
– Dmitry, a Russian soldier, explains why he refused to rejoin the invasion of Ukraine after returning to Russian soil to The guardian.
I dug up the internet to find today’s most fun / important / scary / fascinating technology stories.
1 Elon Musk left his Twitter deal “pending”
He said he was waiting for details to support the calculation that spam and fake accounts accounted for less than 5% of users. (WP $)
+ The news comes after the company fired two of its top executives. (NYT $)
+ For celebrities, Twitter is a high risk and a low reward. (WP $)
+ Musk pitted American Tesla workers against their counterparts in China. (The guardian)
2 Six people have already died in North Korea in the wake of Covid’s first outbreak
Another 187,800 people were isolated and treated for the virus. (The guardian)
+ The first COVID vaccine factory in Africa has not yet received a single order. (NYT $)
3 Russian hackers can be charged with cybercrime
Ukraine’s main infrastructure was targeted during the war. (With cable $)
4 Crypto detectives are in high demand
Investigators are being hired to find stolen bitcoins and NFT. (Vox)
+ How the current cryptographic crash reflects the 2008 financial crisis. (Foreign policy)
+ NFT sales also continue to fall. (WSJ $)
5 Instagram algorithms push content for fear and resentment towards new parents
But refusing to see posts that cause shocking reactions is not easy. (WP $)
+ The Texas law, which punishes social media for “censoring” consumers, has been reinstated. (Axios)
6 The FBI purchased Pegasus spyware to help with the investigation
The bureau said earlier that it had purchased the hacker tool to test and evaluate it. (NYT $)
+ Google has failed to impose its own ban on stalker ads. (TR)
7 How Japan lost its global technological lead
Now she’s trying to get him back. (The rest of the world)
8 Thousands of popular websites track your writing
Keyloggers collect keystrokes before you even press “submit” on a form. (With cable $)
+ Yik Yak, the anonymous social media platform, has revealed the locations of its users. (motherboard)
9 Our understanding of female incels is still vague
Mainly because they are not a united group with defined, shared goals. (The Atlantic Ocean $)
10 Primitive bots from the 2000s paved the way for Alexa
And they were a lot more fun. (Stunned)
We can still have good things
A place for comfort, fun and distraction in these strange times. (Any ideas? Email me or tweet me.)
+ The Wrinkle Duck ran the Long Island Marathon (well, a mile away) and was awarded with his own small medal.
+ by Danny Boyle upcoming TV series for the Sex Pistols sounds great fun.
+ Pictures of Barry Web on organisms with mold are completely captivating – they look like alien trees.
+ After yesterday’s giant sturgeon, a a giant endangered stingray was returned safely to the Mekong River in Cambodia.
+ “BookTok” is undoubtedly attracting more young people to reading.
+ It’s Friday the 13th! That is why it is so unhappy day in some cultures.
+ I’m really not sure about that taste of ice cream.