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Washington Is Backing Iran's Protestors and Hinting at Fresh Sanctions

(WASHINGTON) — The Trump administration on Tuesday threw the weight of the U.S. government behind the protesters taking to the streets of Iran, rooting them on despite the risk of helping Iranian authorities dismiss a week of major demonstrations as the product of American instigation. As Iran’s supreme leader accused “enemies of Iran” of trying to destabilize his country, the State Department pressed Tehran to unblock social media sites used by the protesters. It even offered advice to tech-savvy Iranians on circumventing state internet controls. President Donald Trump declared it was “time for change” in Iran, and other officials floated the possibility of additional sanctions. At the United Nations, Ambassador Nikki Haley sought a Security Council meeting to show support for those protesting...

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Galaxies stop making stars earlier if they host supermassive black holes

A supermassive black hole can mass more than a million times that of our Sun; these astronomical entities seem to lie at the center of all massive galaxies. They’ve been theorized as the gatekeepers to galaxy growth and star formation for a while now, as they pull in all the cold gases in a galaxy that can be used to make more stars. A new study from a team at the University of California Santa Cruz shows a relationship between the gas cooling rate (or quenching) of galaxies with the size of their black holes. The researchers measured the different wavelengths of light coming from nearby massive galaxies with data from the Hobby-Eberly Telescope Massive Galaxy Survey. This allowed the team, led by Ignacio Martín-Navarro,...

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12 Couches For Small Spaces That Are Actually Roomy

We know the struggle that is trying to fit a small coffee table, arm chair, entertainment stand, bar cart, and a sofa into what feels like an actual cube. Luckily for small-living connoisseurs, home retailers like Urban Outfitters and Target have heard to your pleas for more functional furniture and are carrying a larger variety of pieces for small-space living. If you’re wondering where you can find a comfy yet affordable couch for your tiny home, we’ve got you covered. We’ve rounded up 12 couches for small spaces that are sure to upgrade your space without breaking your budget. 1 Anywhere...

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China Plans Far Side of the Moon Landing for 2018 in World First

For more than a decade, China has set its sights on the far side of the Moon. This year, they want to take two more big steps toward reaching that goal with the Chang’e 4 project, two satellites that are currently expected to launch later this year. The culmination of the project will be a mission that lands on the far side of the Moon. But before that spacecraft takes off, China needs to send a communications satellite to hang out above the far side of the Moon and pass signals back to Earth, which could happen as early as...

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Pakistan Calls Donald Trump's Tweet 'Completely Incomprehensible'

Pakistan fired back after Trump’s New Year’s Day tweet More (ISLAMABAD) — Pakistan fired back Tuesday after President Donald Trump accused it of harboring terrorists, calling his New Year’s Day tweet “completely incomprehensible.” The government summoned the U.S. ambassador to complain but stopped short of demands by protesting Islamic groups to expel the envoy. The latest round of tit-for-tat attacks between the two reluctant allies, neither of whom trusts the other, was ignited by Trump’s tweet on Monday. He said the U.S. had “foolishly” given Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid in the last 15 years and had...

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