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15 Science and Technology News Bytes From 2013

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By Miriam Kramer, Taylor Kubota, and Colleen Park
Posted 12.27.2012 at 11:30 am

Black Hole Chows Down
A giant blob of gas headed directly for the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy could begin to drop into the abyss mid-year, blasting x-ray radiation into space in a brilliant display of light. Witnessed for the first time by scientists, the decades-long process will help answer the question of how black holes grow. —Miriam Kramer

Ocean X PRIZE Launches
As ocean water absorbs carbon dioxide, it becomes more acidic and incompatible with life. But pH sensors that can affordably, accurately, and wirelessly measure that change on a global scale don’t yet exist. This year, the X PRIZE Foundation will announce a competition meant to kick-start the invention of those instruments. —Taylor Kubota

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