Aaron Van Pelt

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What It's Like to Go on Antidepressants Before Puberty

A new study has found that most antidepressants don't work on teenagers.<p>When I was in elementary school, my two best friends were diagnosed with depression and given psychiatric drugs. They were both eight years old. At the time, I was weirdly jealous; I felt like they got more treats than me and …

Mental Health

Someone is writing a mysterious, dystopian novel of the future in Reddit comments

It all began in April, when Reddit user _9MOTHER9HORSE9EYES9 posted a bizarre comment on a thread on Reddit about the cover of George Orwell’s <i>1984</i>. The comment described a botched CIA program, called the MKUltra experiments, where subjects were fed a steady stream of LSD and other psychoactive …

Michael Jackson

Noam Chomksy: There’s nothing free about free trade agreements

“To a larger extent they’re not even trade agreements.” The famed linguist and philosopher sounds off on the TTIP<p>Two weeks after Greenpeace released 280 pages on the TTIP trade agreement, Noam Chomsky spoke with Channel 4 about why he believes the new agreement has nothing to do with reducing …

Google DeepMind Researchers Develop AI Kill Switch

Breathe easy.<p>Artificial intelligence doesn't have to include murderous, sentient super-intelligence to be dangerous. It's dangerous right now, albeit in generally more primitive terms. If a machine can learn based on real-world inputs and adjust its behaviors accordingly, there exists the potential …

Norway to 'completely ban petrol powered cars by 2025'

Norway will ban the sale of all fossil fuel-based cars in the next decade, continuing its trend towards becoming one of the most ecologically …

Two Person Tent Playfully Designed as Star Trek Shuttlecraft

Geeky designer Dave Delisle has created a playful concept for <i>Star Trek</i> fans who want to go on their own away missions. Although intergalactic travel is not yet possible, it can still exist in our imaginations thanks to his tent modeled after the Federation shuttlecraft from the legendary …

"I Didn't Know You Were A Writer"

At 61, I was unemployed. Sooner or later, my severance package would stop arriving in my checking account, and although I've never worried much about money, I began thinking of ways to cut back, something I've never been known for. I tried not to surrender to my bent for the dramatic, but once in a …

Amsterdam sex robot BROTHEL 'will help prevent human trafficking and spread of STDs'

Experts say sex robot prostitutes are just around the corner - and will help fight people trafficking and the spread of sexual diseases.<p>According to …

NASA Inflates 1st Expandable Room on International Space Station

Houston, you have an epic balloon room in space. NASA has inflated the first-ever expandable room for astronauts on the International Space Station, a round module that made occasional popcorn-like popping sounds as it reached its full size.<p>It took NASA astronaut Jeff Williams on the station more …

The Psychology of Genre

WHEN the musician Lucinda Williams was shopping around an early demo tape of what would become her self-titled album, she was at first turned down by all the record labels she tried.<p>“At Sony records here in L.A.,” she said, they told her “ ‘it’s too country for rock, and so we sent it to …

Psychology

Three Ways You Can Be More Creative

People tend to talk about creativity as if it’s a magical, intangible thing that can’t really be pinned-down or quantified. Especially creative …

Wikileaks Says Secretive Trade Agreement Paves Way to ‘Corporatization of Public Services’ | VICE News

WikiLeaks has released a thousands of documents that critics of free trade said shows how officials negotiating the Trade in Services Agreement, or TiSA, could force privatization on public institutions around the world.<p>The most surprising revelations in the WikiLeaks documents released this week …

What is LitRPG and why does it exist?

When MMOs become fantasy novels, stats and all<p>I like good fiction. I promise I’m literate. But I spend most of my book time listening to "okay" sci-fi, fantasy, and mystery novels on Audible. I pepper in classics and non-fiction, but nothing spends my Audible credits better than pulp about magic …

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The Pentagon’s dark money: Billions of federal dollars are vanishing into thin air

It’s not just that its books don’t add up. The Department of Defense is actively disguising how it spends its funds<p>Now you see it, now you don’t. Think of it as the Department of Defense’s version of the street con game, three-card monte, or maybe simply as the Pentagon shuffle. In any case, the …

Harvard Scientist Engineers Bacterium That Inhales CO2, Produces Energy -- A 'Bionic Leaf'

The chemist who gave us the artificial leaf has genetically engineered bacteria to absorb hydrogen and carbon dioxide and convert them into alcohol fuel.<p>When Harvard Professor of Energy Daniel G. Nocera announced he was working with bacteria last year, other scientists cautioned it would be …

University of Chicago

Mike Brooks On How He Created a Well-Worn Universe for His Novel Dark Run

There’s a category of science fiction that we really like: the well-worn space opera. Spaceships, crews, mysterious cargos, smuggling runs across the …

Democracy Day Act — introduced by Sanders and now supported by Obama — would make Election Day a national holiday

President Obama made headlines last week by publicly supporting making Election Day a national holiday, which would mean (almost) everybody would …

Government

This is how cities of the future will get their energy

In the global effort to fight climate change, cities have some of the greatest potential– and the greatest imperative — to make a difference. With an increasing global migration into the world’s urban areas, which are expected to support at least two-thirds of the total human <b></b>population by 2050, …

New Robot-Fabricated Building Material Is 100 Times Lighter Than Brick

The Elytra Filament Pavilion is made from a glass and carbon fiber filament that mimics the shell of beetle wings, and no two elements are the same.<p>This week, the Victoria & Albert museum in London unveiled the robot-fabricated Elytra Filament Pavilion to open the museum’s first ever Engineering …

Engineering

7 apps that’ll kickstart your meditation practice—for good

Meditation is simple, right? In theory, at least, it requires nothing more than functioning lungs—but as anyone who’s tried it can attest, focusing …

How to get your life back after being depressed

<i>This week (May 16-22) is Mental Health Awareness Week, with “relationships” as the theme. We’ll be running features all week about the mental health of those close to you, the mental health of the artists that inspire you and the different ways that communities and individuals deal with the issue.</i> …

EYE CANDY: 10 MORE Home Woodworking Projects Perfect For A Beginner

Photo: PROPERWe are big fans of woodworking in our home. If we want a new piece of furniture, you bet we try to make it ourselves! We've built faux …

President Obama Thinks You Should Get the Day Off to Vote

There would be no excuse for not voting.<p>Voting happens on Tuesdays, and Tuesdays are weekdays–<i>work</i> days. It’s one reason why the U.S. has such poor …

Bernie Sanders

Nod Away: first in a series of seven science fiction graphic novels

See sample pages from this book at Wink.<p><i>Nod Away</i><p>by Joshua Cotter<p>Fantagraphics<p>2016, 240 pages, 7.8 x 10.2 x 0.8 inches (softcover)<p>$21 Buy a copy on …

Graphic Novels

The anti-choice blacklist: Dems call out Republicans for abusing congressional powers to intimidate women’s health providers

<b>Jan Schakowsky (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)</b><p>Despite rising violence, congressional Republicans use government resources to compile an anti-choice enemies list<p>Amanda Marcotte<p>May 13, 2016 5:40pm (UTC)<p>Last summer, a group of anti-choice activists managed to successfully hijack the news cycle with claims …

It's coming. The Internet of Eyes will allow objects to see.

In the near future, every inanimate object we interact with may not only have the ability to see, but could also improve our lives.<p>In order for this visibility to happen, objects will need the assistance of visual sensors and cameras.<p>Though hotly debated in privacy sectors, experts agree that …

Behold this amazing mural of Vladimir Putin kissing Donald Trump on the lips

A burger restaurant in Lithuania has become internet-famous for a brilliant piece of political graffiti. Keulė Rūkė, a casual eatery in the capital city of Vilnius, has decorated its storefront with a mural of Russian president Vladimir Putin kissing Donald Trump.<p>It’s a nod to a famous photograph …

Donald Trump

Brilliant new beehive harnesses solar energy to exterminate the colony’s worst enemy

An innovative new beehive design –launched via an Indiegogo campaign– might just be the solution we need to relieve, or even end, colony collapse …