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A wild black hole discovery has been made

Plus: eight new scientific images that shine a light into the darkness.

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A bonkers black hole discovery Jon Kelvey reports researchers have shown that the massive gravity of a black hole actually bent X-ray echoes from around its back, providing more evidence for general relativity.

When scientists first turned X-Ray space telescopes toward a supermassive black hole in the center of a distant galaxy, they knew their mission: How could it be that some of nature’s darkest forces are also some of its brightest?

Black holes are called black holes for a reason. Yet, the hot gasses that fall into black holes become superheated and glow intensely.

This was a question the international team aimed to solve. Instead, they wound up confirming Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity in one of its most extreme tests.

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More on black holes:

One of our favorite science images of the week.Michael L. Smith

Understand the world in eight images As NASA's Ingenuity helicopter set records on Mars, scientists unraveled a mysterious solar storm and made an important discovery about our brains this week. Bryan Lawver has put together an eye-popping gallery of new science images:

Scientists found insights into the natural world through research on rats and bees, while discoveries in space illuminated our Solar System and beyond the week of July 22–28. Here are the biggest science stories of the week, told in eight astounding images.

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Galleries from previous weeks:

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Why robots don’t deserve names Robots today have human-like eyes and can “see” all around them — or can they? These human-like ideas of A.I. may be incorrect and potentially dangerous. Sarah Wells reports on this strange question.

The urge to anthropomorphize non-human — and often nonliving — things is a classic human instinct that extends far beyond childhood make-believe.

But when we project ourselves onto the technology we create, David Watson warns Inverse it could be a slippery slope. (Watson is a postdoctoral research fellow in the University College London studying machine learning.)

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Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk unveils the all-electric, battery-powered Tesla Cybertruck at Tesla Design Center in Hawthorne, California, on November 21, 2019.FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images

Tesla Cybertruck release date Mike Brown reports Tesla's all-electric pickup truck is set to complete the firm's plan to bring electric vehicles to the mass market.

The Tesla Cybertruck is coming — but it may take some time before it reaches buyers.

During the company’s second-quarter 2021 earnings call this week, the all-electric car firm explained how its upcoming pickup truck will demonstrate several manufacturing and battery design changes. But while the truck is scheduled to start hitting roads in late 2021, it will depend on how these planned changes pan out.

With the race to mass-produce a new Model Y and refine new manufacturing techniques, it’s perhaps of little surprise that the Cybertruck looks more like a 2022 vehicle.

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