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Another relatively new drug called Taxol has been extracted from the Pacific yew tree. ) Taxol is effective in treating ovarian cancer and possibly breast cancer. Others include cyclosporine, isolated from a fungus in 1957, which made organ transplants possible, and digoxin, isolated from the foxglove plant, used for treatment of heart failure. In fact, many of the best-selling medicines in the United States originated from plants and other natural sources. Besides those mentioned, other drugs treat conditions such as high blood pressure, cancer, glaucoma, and malaria.

The astronomers became immediately aware that they were witnessing the explosion of a star known as a supernova. ) This phenomenon had been previously known but was now being witnessed. Apparently, the star had suddenly exhausted the supply of fuel for fusion in its core. Without an energy source to counteract gravity, the star again collapsed. This time the collapse did not stop, causing densities, temperatures, and pressures to go to the extreme. But in a matter of seconds, the collapsing star rebounded in a cataclysmic explosion, propelling the outer layers of the star into outer space along with a huge flux of neutrons (formed when electrons are forced into a proton).

Qxd 8 9-09-2008 PROLOGUE Page 8 Science and the Magnificent Human Mind A Supernova The bright star in the center of the photo is actually an exploding star. Heavy elements are being formed in this explosion. FIGURE P-2 13:41 This process of fusion, contraction, higher temperature, and pressure followed by more fusion only goes so far. The fusing of lighter elements to form elements up to the mass of iron (26 protons and 30 neutrons) releases energy. Formation of any element heavier than that does not release energy, so the fusion process stops abruptly at that point.

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