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This image, taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, reveals an unusual sight: a runaway quasar fleeing from its galaxy's central hub. A quasar is the visible, energetic signature of a black hole. Black holes cannot be observed directly, but they are the energy source at the heart of quasars — intense, compact gushers of radiation that can outshine an entire galaxy. Credits: NASA, ESA, and M. Chiaberge (STScI and JHU)

Intergalactic travellers beware: Rogue black holes may be roaming about

March 24, 2017 — 
A new study by an international consortium of astronomy researchers has found that massive black holes in the center of galaxies can get “kicked out” by gravitational waves.

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Group photo of participants in Spin Mechanics 4, co-organized by the University of Alberta and the University of Manitoba. Photo supplied by Can-Ming Hu.

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The University of Manitoba interacts with world-renowned researchers

March 14, 2017 — 
World-class research being performed at the University of Manitoba in Spin Mechanics

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Photo credit: Kira Koop

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Honoured Faculty of Science Alumni Awards Celebration

February 2, 2017 — 
On Thursday, January 26th, the Faculty of Science celebrated seven outstanding alumni at the second annual Alumni Awards event.

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Dr. Melanie Martin

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Meet Dr. Melanie Martin, recipient of the Faculty of Science Honoured Alumni Award 2017

January 29, 2017 — 
Dr. Martin has become a visionary physicist who has pioneered the development of microscopic MRI techniques, applying them to the physiological changes in living tissues – work that has the potential to speed up and improve the diagnosis and treatment of nervous system disorders like Alzheimer’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Schizophrenia.

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Top research stories of 2016

December 22, 2016 — 
From bee houses and gravitational waves, to brain lasers and artificial sweeteners... we report on some great research from 2016

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Tina Greenfield is among the archaeologists racing to excavate and document relics and rarities at sites that could be the next target of militant group ISIS. // PHOTO BY KATIE CHALMERS-BROOKS

Some of our favourite stories of 2016

December 21, 2016 — 
Through the course of the year over 1,500 stories were shared with the U of M community and these are some of our favourites

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The math and physics of snowflakes

December 15, 2016 — 
What snow is―really

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Artist impression of the heart of galaxy NGC 1068. Credit: NRAO/AUI/NSF; D. Berry / Skyworks

Black hole hidden within its own exhaust

September 15, 2016 — 
“Think of a black hole as an engine. It’s fueled by material falling in on it from a flattened disk of dust and gas. But like any engine, a black hole can also emit exhaust,”

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John Page’s Recipe for Good Ramen Calls for a Serving of Science

September 2, 2016 — 
John Page of the Department of Physics and Astronomy has paired with the Department of Food Science to come up with a technique to improve the production of ramen noodles

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Figure 1 Tycho’s supernova remnant in a molecular cloud bubble. Grey: molecular gas traced by carbon monoxide emission observed with IRAM 30m telescope (credit: P. Zhou); color: X-ray emission observed with the Chandra X-ray Observatory (credit: NASA/CXC/Rutgers/J.Warren & J.Hughes et al.)

Expanding molecular bubble unveils the mysterious origin of Tycho’s supernova

July 19, 2016 — 
A team of international scientists has determined the origin of a famous cosmic 'mileage marker'

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