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2016 May 16 - Clouds of the Carina Nebula

<b>Clouds of the Carina Nebula</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> John Ebersole<p><b>Explanation:</b> What forms lurk in the mists of the Carina Nebula? The dark ominous …

Astronomers just saw a black hole blow something incredible into space with tremendous force

Until now, astronomers could only theorize.<p>But after an exciting observation recently announced in the journal Science, an international team has witnessed first-hand the violent battle between a sun-like star and supermassive black hole — and its incredible aftermath.<p>What they observed is an …

Black Holes

Radio pulses from space have stumped scientists for years. Now we may be close to solving the mystery.

By Rachel Feltman<p>, Freelancer, Editor at Popular Science Magazine<p>Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) are a big fat mystery. The pulses — first discovered about a decade ago — come from billions of light years away and last for just milliseconds. Only 16 pulses have been recorded since the first was heard in …

Astronomers saw a black hole wake up after 26 years and do something extremely violent

NASA<p>After 26 years of slumber, a black hole woke up and unleashed a giant blast of plasma into space at nearly the speed of light.<p>Such events are …

Black Holes

More babies were born with syphilis in 2014 than in any of the previous 10 years

'We are seeing a nationwide increase in syphilis'<p>In 2014, the rate of babies born with syphilis in the US hit its highest point more than a decade, according to a report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Syphilis, which is on the rise, can be fatal for infants.<p>Last year, 458 …

New blood test improves prostate cancer screening

Researchers from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have developed a new blood test for prostate cancer, which they claim is more reliable and better at detecting aggressive cancer than PSA, the test usually performed.<p>According to the scientists, the new test, which has been tried on some 60,000 …

The Gene Hackers

A powerful new technology enables us to manipulate our DNA more easily than ever before.<p>At thirty-four, Feng Zhang is the youngest member of the core faculty at the Broad Institute of Harvard and M.I.T. He is also among the most accomplished. In 1999, while still a high-school student, in Des …

Genetics

These Brutally Honest Parenting Comics Will Crack You Up

Brian Gordon — a cartoonist and dad of two — has been making fun of being a parent since he became one. In an attempt to keep himself sane and bond with other parents, he shamelessly started creating funny-because-it's-true parenting comics — and we can't stop laughing at them.<p>As soon as he brought …

FDA Approves New Immune Therapy Drug Keytruda For Lung Cancer

Federal officials approved a new drug Friday for last-ditch treatment of the deadliest cancer of all — advanced lung cancer.<p>The drug, called Keytruda, uses the body’s immune system to fight tumors. It’s already been approved for melanoma and the new approval speeds the way for insurers to pay for …

Asthma steroids 'could stunt growth'

<b>Young children given asthma medication before the age of two may not grow to their full height in later life, a preliminary report suggests.</b><p>The study of 12,000 Finnish infants found that, on average, those who used inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) long-term showed signs of stunted growth.<p>Previous …

Medicine