Tiny Bytes: Astronomers unveil the first photo of a black hole and more

Tiny Bytes: Astronomers unveil the first photo of a black hole and more

Astronomers unveil the first photo of a black hole

An international scientic team on Wednesday announced a milestone in astrophysics - the rst-ever photo of a black hole - using a global network of telescopes to gain insight into celestial objects with gravitational elds so strong no matter or light can escape.

The team's observations of the black hole at the center of Messier 87, a massive galaxy in the nearby Virgo galaxy cluster, lend strong support to the theory of general relativity put forward in 1915 by physicist Albert Einstein to explain the laws of gravity and their relation to other natural forces.

Virat Kohli named Wisden's 'Leading Cricketer' for third straight year

India captain Virat Kohli was named the 'Leading Cricketer in the World' for the third time in a row in this year's edition of the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, the publication said on Wednesday.

Kohli, 30, was also named as one of Wisden's ve cricketers of the year along with England's Jos Buttler and Sam Curran, County Championship-winning captain Rory Burns and Tammy Beaumont from the England women's team.

Kohli, who scored only 134 runs during India's previous tour of England in 2014, amassed 593 runs in his side's ve-test series last year at an average of over 59 to book his place on the list.

Jallianwala Bagh shameful scar on British Indian history: UK PM Theresa May

Theresa May on Wednesday described the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar as a "shameful scar" on British Indian history but stopped short of a formal apology sought by a cross-section of Parliament in previous debates.

In a statement, marking the 100th anniversary of the massacre, at the start of her weekly Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, she reiterated the "regret" already expressed by the British Government.

The massacre took place in Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar on Baisakhi in April 1919 when the British Indian Army troops, under the command of Colonel Reginald Dyer, red machine guns at a crowd of people holding a pro-independence demonstration.

IIT-Madras tops HRD's national ranking, JNU gets 7th rank

The Indian Institute of Technology(IIT), Madras, topped the national ranking of higher institutes released by the Ministry of Human Resources Development (HRD) on Monday. The Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, and IIT-Delhi ranked second and third in the list respectively. Of the top 10 institutes, seven are IITs. The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and the Banaras Hindu University ranked seventh and 10th respectively.

How this ingenious beekeeper boosts honey production

Beekeeping or apiculture is practised on a small scale in Kerala. It has been found honey production falls by as much as 60% during summer as the bees hardly nd the owers from which they can suck the nectar. But O Babychan, a farmer at Rajakkad in Kerala's Idukki district, has overcome this problem by setting up a sunower garden.

He now grows sunower on 25 cents of land and earns a tidy prot from the over 50 honey beehives at his farm.

Three months ago, Babychan had sown the sunower seeds that he had brought from Tamil Nadu. By the start of the summer season, the sunower plants bloomed. The honey production in his beehives also witnessed a signicant increase.

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