Mohamed Laradji

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Land plants arose earlier than thought—and may have had a bigger impact on the evolution of animals

We have land plants to thank for the oxygen we breathe. And now we have a better idea of when they took to land in the first place. While the oldest …

11 Saudi Princes Sent to Maximum-Security Prison After Protesting Utility Bills

Saudi authorities made a fresh round of arrests of royal-family members as a group of princes staged a palace protest in the capital over the …

Saudi Arabia

World's Deepest-Living Fish Found Five Miles Beneath the Sea Surface

The oceans’s deepest point is <i>Challenger Deep,</i> a chasm <i></i>almost 11000 meters (36,200 feet) below the surface. Few fish species can stand this dark, …

Fish

Astronomers find 72 new galaxies deep in the universe

Astronomers working with the Very Large Telescope in Chile have surveyed a patch of the sky and detected 72 new galaxies never seen before.<p><b>What's …

Universe

Science And The Mystery Of The Mind

Last week, my <i>13.7</i> co-blogger Tania Lombrozo reported on a study she developed with graduate student Sara Gottlieb on whether science can explain the human mind.<p>As Tania wrote, this was a survey-based study asking the participants "whether they thought it was possible for science to one day fully …

Consciousness

Will Mars colonists snooze their way to the Red Planet?

'Induced torpor' could make long space missions safer and more manageable.<p>If humans are ever going to get off this rock and seriously start exploring the solar system, we’re going to need better ways to travel. Right now, a journey to Mars takes six months, minimum. To visit Saturn’s intriguing, …

Space Travel

New, long-acting drugs cut frequency of migraine headaches

New, long-acting drugs may hold hope for millions of people who often suffer migraines. Studies of two of these medicines, given as shots every month or so, found they cut the frequency of the notoriously painful and disabling headaches.<p>The drugs are the first preventive medicines developed …

Eli Lilly

The Fed may create its own digital currency

The U.S. Federal Reserve is considering the creation of its own digital currency, according to New York Fed President William Dudley, who was …

Central Banks