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‘The strangest supernova we've ever seen’: A star that keeps exploding — and surviving

By Sarah Kaplan<p>, Reporter<p>A supernova signals a star's death throes. Having exhausted its fuel for nuclear fusion, the star collapses, producing a gigantic explosion of matter and energy that can be seen from 10 billion light-years away. The supernova shines for a few months, then fades. All that …

Universe

Seven Newly Discovered Giant Galaxies That Emit Radio Waves Hint at More to Come

Seven new large extragalactic radio sources, or giant radio galaxies, were discovered—and astronomers were able to find them by looking at images …

3D gel stacks can grow enough stem cells to treat brain disease

Programmed stem cells promise to tackle all kinds of illnesses, but there's one catch: making them. It's hard to cultivate large numbers of them, and the need to grow them on 2D surfaces isn't very practical. That's where researchers might come to the rescue: they've developed a method of growing …

Could Iridium Cure Cancer? Rare Metal From Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Destroys Cancer Cells In New Study

A multinational study suggests that the rare metal iridium could potentially cure cancer by targeting the disease’s cells and destroying them. This …

Cancer Cells

A Really Common Medication Has Been Linked to Doubled Risk of Stomach Cancer

Here's what you need to know.<p>A class of drugs commonly used to treat acid reflux and heartburn has been linked to a greater-than-doubled risk of …

A Brainless Slime That Shares Memories by Fusing

The oozing yellow organism has no neurons, but it can solve mazes, make decisions, and learn by merging together.<p>Sometimes, Audrey Dussutour enters her lab in Toulouse to find that one of the creatures within it has escaped. They tend to do so when they’re hungry. One will lift the lid of its …

Biology

Acid reflux drug linked to more than doubled risk of stomach cancer – study

A drug commonly used to treat acid reflux is linked to a more than doubled risk of developing stomach cancer, researchers have claimed.<p>Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) reduce the amount of acid made by the stomach and are used to treat acid reflux and stomach ulcers.<p>A study published in the journal …

Medicine

The FDA warns that black licorice can cause heart problems in adults — confirming it's the worst

Reasonable people have for decades agreed that black licorice is the most disgusting, repulsive candy on the planet.<p>The US Food and Drug Administration is finally backing us up.<p>In a report released Monday, the FDA says, "If you're 40 or older, eating 2 ounces of black licorice a day for at least …

High Blood Pressure

A protein has been caught conducting electricity, and scientists are baffled

It’s Electric<p>Proteins, the building blocks in every cell, have usually been thought of as blobs of inert organic matter. Now scientists have caught …