Astronomers discover a black hole that eats a sun a day

Plus, the rarest car.
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Automotive Trivia:

What is the rarest car in the world?

Hint: Not only rare, but also well-done.


(Scroll to the bottom for the answer!)

Massive geothermal potential found offshore, where the Earth splits | New Atlas

“A potentially game-changing and largely unexplored energy jackpot lies beneath the ocean floor, according to a whitepaper from geoscience tech consultancy CGG. Unique conditions under the sea bed promise cheaper and more accessible geothermal power. Solar and wind can't get us to a clean energy grid alone. Geothermal is a dream source of clean energy in many ways; the hot rocks under our feet hold more energy than humanity could use in a million years. … Bring it up to the surface, and you can directly use the heat, or harvest electrical energy from it. The energy's there 24/7, unlike solar and wind, the infrastructure costs aren't terrible, and it's available right underneath us, anywhere on the planet.”

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Astronomers discover universe’s brightest object – a quasar powered by a black hole that eats a sun a day | The Guardian

“The brightest known object in the universe, a quasar 500 trillion times brighter than our sun, was 'hiding in plain sight', researchers say. Australian scientists spotted a quasar powered by the fastest growing black hole ever discovered. Its mass is about 17 billion times that of our solar system’s sun, and it devours the equivalent of a sun a day. The light from the celestial object travelled for more than 12 billion years to reach Earth.”

Jet stream boosts flights faster than the speed of sound - [video] | The Weather Channel

“High-altitude winds accelerated some transatlantic flights, propelling them to speeds over 800 mph.”

StackSocial / Windows 11 [Partner]

Your productivity, gaming, and creativity are only as good as your current operating system. So, where does your OS stand? Even if you think it’s decent, you can do better… and you should do better. Especially when Windows 11 Pro — Microsoft's latest and greatest — is so affordable. It comes with a snazzy new interface, advanced security precautions, helpful accessibility features, DALL-E in Paint, and even more perks that would make your current OS roll over in its hypothetical and virtual grave. And if you’re not totally confident you’ll be able to tackle all the new updates, you’ll get a training course that shows you the ropes as an added bonus. Lay that old operating system to rest and make room for the new. [Ad]

Lockbit cybercrime gang disrupted by Britain, US and EU | Reuters

“Lockbit, a notorious cybercrime gang that holds its victims' data to ransom, has been disrupted in a rare international law enforcement operation, the gang and U.S. and UK authorities said on Monday. ‘This site is now under the control of the National Crime Agency of the UK, working in close cooperation with the FBI and the international law enforcement task force, “Operation Cronos",’ the post said.”

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The answer: Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé

The answer: Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé

According to CarsBlog website: “The rarest car in the world is the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé. Only two of these cars were ever built, and one of them was sold at auction in 2022 for $142.9 million (AED 524,884,561). This makes it the most expensive car ever sold.”