The image of a real black hole has been taken for the first time. The feat was accomplished by an international network of radio telescopes called the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) with scientists at NASA playing the lead. The striking image shows a supermassive black hole in the center of Messier 87 (M87), an elliptical galaxy some 55 million light-years from Earth.

The World Health Organization urged the European Union to continue its work towards reducing deaths from noncommunicable diseases. They suggested additional steps toward bringing mortality rates down by a third. The interventions range from policies that promote physical activity and curb tobacco and alcohol consumption, to reducing salt and sugar and eliminating trans-fats in food. NCDs are the top cause of death in Europe.

According to research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, there is a disparity in the way different racial groups experience pollution in the United States. The study, titled “Inequity in consumption of goods and services adds to racial–ethnic disparities in air pollution exposure,” indicates that white Americans normally come into contact with pollution as producers while African- and Hispanic Americans are passive victims that inhale harmful particulates.

An article in the BBC highlights the state of high pollution in Africa, focusing on the Senegalese city of Dakar. The level of particulate matter in the air is 30 times higher than acceptable and children are suffering from respiratory problems. Dakar is one of the few African cities that actively measures pollution.

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has spotted “moving water molecules” on the near side of the Moon. The finding is significant because the more water already on the moon, the less that has to be transported from earth during future manned missions.

A new species of hominins, estimated to be 50,000-67,000 years old, has been discovered in a cave in the Philippines. Homo luzonensis is believed to have been under four feet tall and spent time climbing trees. Researchers know this because of the presence of a curved big toe normally associated with a far more ancient species Australopithecus.

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