Incredibly Detailed Image of Our Galaxy's Center Shows How Things Move Around a Black Hole

There’s a black hole called Sagittarius A* at the center of our galaxy. It has 4 million times the mass of the sun, but is only around the size of Mercury’s orbit. It’s 26,000 light years away, but let’s say some unfortunate mishap brought you within a light year or two of that behemoth. What would happen?

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Some absolute maniac made an interactive map tracing all the jumps from Quantum Leap

As far as versatile premises for sci-fi shows go, it’s pretty hard to beat Quantum Leap. Each episode found Dr. Sam Beckett (Scott Bakula) “leaping” into the body of a different person (or animal) that needed his help in a completely random place and time. Over the course of the show’s five seasons, Sam found himself…

Google Maps No Longer Lets You Post Negative Reviews About Your Crappy Job

Google has updated its Maps policies to ban certain business reviews left by former employees. In a new section of the Google Maps “User Contributed Content Policy,” Google now labels reviews “about a current or former employment experience” as a “conflict of interest.” Originally, only current employees were barred…

Please Do Check Out The Spicy Drama Going Down At The International Society For The History Of The Map

I’ve found, personally, an inverse correlation between how interesting an institutional power squabble is and how significant the institution in question is. A power squabble at the highest levels of a large national government, for example, is not really interesting; it will very often be terrifying or complicated,…