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50 More Awesome Facts (About Everything)

We can’t put down National Geographic Kids’ new book <i>5,000 Awesome Facts (About Everything) 2</i><i>.</i> Here are 50 more of our favorite awesome facts from its …

New Jersey

New heart drug will cut deaths by a fifth

Research on more than 8,000 patients found that an experimental drug saved 20 per cent more lives than existing “gold standard” treatments<p>A “remarkable” new drug that outperforms the best treatments currently available should become the first choice for patients with heart failure, according to …

Fish

Neuroscience: ‘I built a brain decoder'

What are you looking at? Scientist Jack Gallant can find out by decoding your thoughts, as Rose Eveleth discovers.<p>Jack Gallant can read your mind. Or at least, he can figure out what you’re seeing if you’re in his machine watching a movie he’s playing for you.<p>Gallant, a researcher at the University …

The Brain

Cryopreservation: ‘I freeze people to cheat death’

Max More will have his brain frozen after he dies, and he’s not alone. Rose Eveleth asks him why he signed up – and how the strange procedure of cryopreserving bodies actually works.<p>In 1972 Max More saw a children’s science fiction television show called Time Slip that featured characters being …

Singularity

Artificial blood that’s better than the real thing

Each week on the BBC World Service programme The Forum, a global thinker from the worlds of philosophy, science, psychology or the arts is given a minute to put forward a radical, inspiring or controversial idea – no matter how improbable – that they believe would change the world.<p>This week, …

Canadian Literature

Scientists raised these fish to walk on land

Using living fish to study ancient evolutionary changes<p>Raising fish on land seems like the sort of idea you’d get while recovering from general anesthesia. But for three McGill University researchers, it made perfect sense. How else would you find out what behavioral and physiological changes might …

NASA launches carbon-monitoring satellite

NASA has launched its first probe dedicated to mapping the distribution of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, the agency announced today. The …

Google maps methane leaks

<i>Posted on behalf of Mark Zastrow.</i><p>Google’s fleet of city-mapping cars are now working to measure urban natural gas leaks.<p>The technology giant’s …

Mosquitoes transmit chikungunya in continental US

<i>Posted on behalf of Mark Zastrow.</i><p>Two people have acquired the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus in the continental United States, the state of …

NASA announces instruments for 2020 Mars rover

The rover that NASA is sending to Mars in 2020 will carry seven instruments geared to choosing just the right rocks to collect and store for future …

Space agencies battle to keep Mars mission on track

Delays and funding problems are threatening to push back the planned launch of ExoMars, a European and Russian rover designed to search for life on …