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News Flashes 05.12.22: Naomi Judd’s Cause of Death, A Supermassive Black Hole, and Google Translate Glasses

Today we talk about the cause of Naomi Judd’s death, the first picture of a supermassive black hole in the middle of our galaxy, and Google’s new glasses that will translate other languages for you.

Naomi Judd’s Cause of Death

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In a heartbreaking interview, that aired on Good Morning America this morning, Ashley shared how her mom, Naomi Judd died. After battling depression for years, she used a gun to commit suicide. It was Ashley that discovered her and the family decided to share the cause of death to shed light on such a serious topic and to get ahead of rumors. In the interview she said, “When we’re talking about mental illness, it’s very important to be clear and to make the distinction between our loved one and the disease. It’s very real … it lies, it’s savage.” Her death came the day before her and her daughter Wynona were set to attend a celebration for their induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. It goes to show that a person can have everything, but the battle with mental illness is heavy and incredibly real. If you’re going through any type of mental illness, know that you have people that relate to your pain in their own way. For you, or anyone else that you know, that is struggling with thought of suicide that National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text “STRENGTH” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741.  

A Look At a Supermassive Black Hole

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Cue Muse because we’ve got a Supermassive Black Hole on our hands. Astronomers have released the very first pictures of a black hole that is at the center of our galaxy. In case you were afraid of getting sucked into it like a cartoon, it is 28,500 light-years away and they are calling it Sagittarius A*. Our Sagittarius friend is 4 million times heavier than the sun. It has taken 5 years for scientist to get this pictures. Astrophysicist, Michael Johnson said, “For decades, astronomers have wondered what lies at the heart of our galaxy, pulling stars into tight orbits through its immense gravity. With the image, we have zoomed in a thousand times closer than these orbits, where the gravity grows a million times stronger. At this close range, the black hole accelerates matter to close to the speed of light and bends the paths of photons in the warped (space-time).” Science is cool and now we suddenly want to go watch Twilight…

Google Translate Glasses

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Have you ever used Google Translate to cheat on your Spanish homework? Well the service just got a little bit fancier. Google has designed a pair of glasses that will translate different languages in real time and display the text right in front of your eyes. The were announced at their Google I/O conference and are in the prototype phase. There’s no telling how much longer they will be working on them but the video they used to show them off, shows a mother who only speaks mandarian and her daughter who speaks english, being able to communicate. As well as a woman who is deaf being able to read what her daughter is speaking to her. These glasses could really change things for people. We’re just afraid we’d be bumping into things wearing them.

 
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