Halloween-inspired Airbnbs to spook yourself in

Plus, scientific disco balls.
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When was the first black hole discovered?

Hint: It wasn’t the Soundgarden hit in the 90s.


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5 Halloween movie-inspired Airbnbs you can stay in this fall | Thrillist

“Halloween is the best time of the year—between dressing up, scaring yourself silly, and the abundance of beautiful foliage, there's no shortage of dopamine hits. But sometimes, in the quest to make a Halloween season truly memorable, we start to scramble. What party, haunted house or pumpkin patch can guarantee that you're having a Halloween to remember? One way to do that? Plan a stay in an extra scary Airbnb this fall. … The experts over at TravelPirates, a travel deals platform, did us all the service of identifying five of the scariest Airbnbs to book this fall.”

Astronomers call for more disco balls at scientific facilities | The Byte

“While disco balls in space have been a thing for decades, some astronomers are arguing in a new paper that the mirrored delights should also be placed in universities and scientific facilities as well.”

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iPhone 15 Pro brings PS5 games to mobile – and it should worry Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo | The Shortcut

“If you’re an avid gamer – like me – the most exciting announcement from Apple’s big iPhone 15 launch event wasn’t the Apple Watch Series 9 or the new iPhone, which you can read about in our in-depth iPhone 15 Pro Max review. No, it was the surprise reveal that the new iPhone 15 Pro will soon be able to play some of the best PS5 games, natively, and will even support hardware-accelerated ray tracing.”

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Trivia Answer: 1964

Trivia Answer: 1964

From the Black Hole Wikipedia page: “Based on observations in Greenwich and Toronto in the early 1970s, Cygnus X-1, a galactic X-ray source discovered in 1964, became the first astronomical object commonly accepted to be a black hole.”