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Astroboffins have spotted a galaxy cluster that's breaking all the cosmic rules, including coming back to life to spawn stars at an enormous rate. The Phoenix cluster is spewing out the celestial bodies at the highest rate ever observed for the middle of a galaxy cluster; it's the most powerful producer of X-rays of any known …


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  1. Captain Planet

    How to make any headline more exciting... add zombies

    1. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

      It's like bacon!

      1. Luther Blissett

        [exciting headline]

        with Alien eggs on the side!

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  3. Jediben

    Black holes

    HOLLY: As it transpired, there weren't any Black Holes.

    RIMMER: But you saw them -- you saw them on the monitor.

    HOLLY: They weren't Black Holes.

    RIMMER: What were they?

    HOLLY: Grit. Five specks of grit on the scanner-scope. See, the thing

    about grit is, it's black, and the thing about scanner-scopes...

    1. JDX Gold badge

      Re: Black holes

      Aliens. It has to be aliens.

  4. Mister_C

    740 suns a year?

    That's a publishing rate faster than NewsCorp. How do they manage to maintain journalistic integrity?

  5. Bonce


    I'm having trouble getting my head round the numbers though. How many olympic sized swimming pools worth of matter is 740 suns?

    1. Blunderbuss
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      Re: Impressive

      and when lined up end-to-end, how many double decker busses long would they be?

    2. Mobius

      Re: Impressive

      About 4.17064×10²⁰, i think...

  6. m0r1arty

    You guys employing the old NotW writers now?

    There's been more than a few articles with 'Boffin' in, or as part of, the title.

    I reckon 'boffins' make up your core readership - might want to try something a bit more cerebral.

    1. diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

      Re: You guys employing the old NotW writers now?

      Someone once branded me a News of the World journo and I took it as a compliment.

      In all seriousness, we've always used boffin and we always will. It's a term of endearment. You have to be seriously clever to be a boffin, though, with some kind of doctorate in a real science.

      Otherwise you're just an egghead.


  7. Beelzeebub


    It's just me at work, creating new hells.

  8. The last doughnut

    Just a thought

    Suppose this is the actual center of the cosmos?

    1. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

      Re: Just a thought

      Then Captain Future is there!!!

    2. Mephistro

      Re: Just a thought

      Or suppose that it's just a black hole having trouble with his bowels from having swallowed too much of that ethanol formed in gas clouds and planetary surfaces. Seriously, it even fits with the self-limiting cycles*. I mean: Bilge drinking -> puking all over the place -> the next morning's hangover -> repentance and remorse -> next galactic weekend ... and the cycle restarts.

      Where is my Nobel prize?

      Self-Limiting cycles: Obviously these are bicycles with their baskets full of bricks. Don't know WTF they are doing in a black hole, though.

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