Editor’s Selections: A Black Hole, A Sky Hole, and How Not To Get Phished

Editor's Selections 6 Comments
By Sarah Kendrew

Sarah Kendrew Sarah Kendrew selects interesting and notable ResearchBlogging.org posts in the physical sciences, chemistry, engineering, computer science, geosciences and mathematics. She blogs about astronomy at One Small Step.

Welcome to a new week. Here’s some choice selections from the week in the physical and geo-sciences on ResearchBlogging.

On Breakdown: Science’s Smaller Questions, Sarah Scoles gives an excellent overview of new observations of Cygnus X-1, which have finally confirmed the black hole nature of this super energetic X-ray source in our Galaxy.

Phishing is one of the web criminal’s tools for snatching web users’ passwords. David Bradley dissects a proposed new method for authentication to protect against phishing, and is left with doubts.

In 2009, spectacular hole-punch clouds over Russia were mistaken for signs of aliens. Yet their explanation is far less exotic. On The Soft Anonymous, James talks about a recent paper that describes the physical mechanism responsible for these awesome cloud formations.

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6 Responses to “Editor’s Selections: A Black Hole, A Sky Hole, and How Not To Get Phished”

  1. Sarah Scoles Says:
    July 14th, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Thanks for the pick! And for always providing great science reads for my afternoon.

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