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Astronomers find aurora a million times brighter than the northern lights

The sky above a failed star in a distant constellation shimmers with a beautiful green and yellow aurora one million times brighter than the northern lights. The spectacular light show is the first confirmed aurora on a body outside the solar system, and the most powerful ever recorded.<p>Astronomers …

Astronomy

How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Drugs Better and Faster

Existing genetic analyses just aren’t powerful enough<p>When researchers used to try to diagnose and treat diseases, they would often search for one mutation on a single gene that was causing the problem. Or maybe they would look for average effects of a mutation that led to a disease across the …

Artificial Intelligence

Blue Moon – second July full moon – on July 31

This July 31 full moon counts as extra special because it’s a Blue Moon – the second of two full moons to occur in a single calendar month.<p>Blue Moon …

Mystery ‘cat scratches’ spotted on Saturn’s moon Tethys

The huge 'scratches' could be fissures in the rock or chemical impurities in the ice, experts at Nasa have speculated<p>Scientists are baffled about what has caused red marks resembling huge cat scratches on one of Saturn’s icy moons.<p>Like graffiti sprayed by an unknown artist, unexplained arc-shaped, …

Astronomy

When brain-dead organ donors were cooled, their kidneys worked better in transplant recipients

Allowing brain-dead organ donors' body temperatures to fall slightly after brain death — rather than following the accepted protocol of keeping donors warmed to a normal body temperature — resulted in more successful kidney transplants in a recent clinical trial, with fewer organ recipients …

How cosmic winds stop stars from forming - Futurity

Astronomers know that cosmic winds can blow through galaxies, sweep out interstellar material, and stop stars from forming. Now they know how it …

Universe

If telomeres are long, lung cancer risk goes up - Futurity

Scientists wanted to see if there could be a link between telomere length and risk for five common cancers. It turns out there is, but only for lung …

Cancer

Comet Tempel 1 and Deep Impact

An artist’s concept – and a real photo – from the first-ever impact from an earthly space probe onto the surface of a comet.<p>Marco Nero submitted this …

Astronomy

Rare White Rhino Dies, Leaving Only Four Left on the Planet

The death of the 31-year-old female at a Czech zoo paints a bleak picture for the northern white rhino subspecies.<p>A northern white rhinoceros named Nabiré died Monday at a Czech zoo, leaving only four of the subspecies alive in the world. Their outlook is bleak: Only one male remains, and at 42 …