And he was never heard from again

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The last appearance of Whirlwind Carter, from "Planet of Black-Light" in Daring Mystery Comics #5, June 1940. Story and art by Fletcher Hanks (as "C. C. Starr").
 
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Be a radical, celebrate civil rights

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Added 1 new A* page:I'll be off Monday for the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
 
Although signed into law in 1983, the holiday wasn't even officially observed in all 50 states until 2000—yet another sign that we'll always need people like Dr. King.
 
Back to work on a new A* page on Tuesday!
 
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Don't let this happen to you

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^ The Fiery Mask stars in "The Jelly of Doom" from Daring Mystery Comics #5, June 1940. Script by George Kapitan, art by Harry Sahle.
 
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Some scribbles

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Added 1 new A* page:Sketch for a reader supporting the comic through my Patreon campaign : D :
 

 
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Dork's Tower

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From "The Jelly of Doom" in Daring Mystery Comics #5, June 1940. Script by George Kapitan, art by Harry Sahle.
 
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A new view of the core, and old space dust

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Added 1 new A* page:Mini space news roundup!
 
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First, NASA rolled out a new, sharp composite image of the core of our galaxy—that's where A* is, right in the middle—as seen from Earth. The image consists of infrared data, in blue and green, from SOfIA—a 'scope mounted in a 747—with previous infrared data from the Spitzer space telescope, shown in white, and the ESA's Herschel space observatory, shown in red (Herschel stopped operating in 2013). You can see Spitzer and Herschel images of the core separately, here (that's from 2006) and here. Here's the new composite image:
 

image by NASA/SOFIA/JPL-Caltech/ESA/Herschel
 
You can view a larger version in the article, or...well heck, let me just turn it sideways (the telescope is sideways in the 747, so there) and jam it in here:
 

 
While I'm at it, here's the 2006 Spitzer image:
 

 
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The other item is that scientists found grains of space dust in a 1960s meteorite that are 7.5 billion years old—which means they formed in a supernova and were drifting in space for billions of years before our own Sun (4.6 billion years old) even formed, and are over half the age of the universe itself (13.8 billion years). It also means they're the oldest known material on Earth—but the scientists say it's quite likely there are other meteorites here with even older dust grains in them, they just haven't been found yet.
 
The scientists dated the grains by measuring how much Neon-21 they contained: that isotope forms when the dust is hit by high energy cosmic rays in space, so the more Ne-21 a grain contains, the longer it was drifting around.
 
The lead scientist added that "Thanks to these grains, we now have direct evidence for a period of enhanced star formation in our galaxy seven billion years ago with samples from meteorites." This helps answer the question of whether the rate of star formation in the galaxy has varied over time, as current theory would have it, or remained steady—based on this new evidence, it's looking like it has varied.
 
And, they also learned that "pre-solar grains often float through space stuck together in large clusters, like granola."
 
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"Food from air"

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Added 1 new A* page:The BBC ran an interesting article recently about a project by Finnish scientists to create a protein "flour"—which they call "Solein"—from bacteria grown on electrolysis-produced hydrogen.
 
That type of process is pretty much how I've figured a lot of the food eaten by the populations in A* would be produced—"grown from microbes" was more or less as technical as my thought process got ; )—so, nice to see it making some progress in our time. : D
 
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Supermassive black hole hits 99%+ light speed

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Added 1 new A* page:NASA scientists have measured particles of matter shooting through space at greater than 99% of the speed of light—these are charged particles shot out of the jet emitted by the supermassive black hole at the center of galaxy Messier 87, 55 million light years from Earth; the great apparently speed of plasma in the jet had been observed previously, but this is the first time scientists have been able to confirm that it is matter moving that fast, rather that separate clumps of matter being lit up by a moving wave of energy.
 
M87's supermassive black hole has 6.5 billion times the mass of our Sun—and 1,625 times the mass of Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of our own Milky Way galaxy.
 
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They say you shouldn't overdo facial lines

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Added 1 new A* page:You can help me keep bringing you fresh A* comics each weekday, for as little as $1 a month, through my Patreon campaign! : ) Here's an ink sketch I got to send to a reader for their support:
 

 
Even $1 a month makes a big difference! A big thanks to everyone who's helping me keep A* going! : D
 
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I wink at you, good reader

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Added 1 new A* page:Running a bit late today—the drawing phase took longer than anticipated. -_^
 
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