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The Devastating Paradox of Pakistan

How Afghanistan’s neighbor cultivated American dependency while subverting American policy<p>Directorate S<p>By Steve Coll<p>Penguin Press<p>Two months after the 2008 U.S. presidential election, Vice President–elect Joe Biden sat with Afghanistan’s president, Hamid Karzai, in the Arg Palace, an 83-acre …

Can Music Be Used as Medicine?

Biometric trackers are helping scientists tap into the body's response to songs and sound.<p>“Because you listened to Drake, how about Future next?”<p>Pandora, Spotify, and other music-streaming services try to predict what users might like to listen to, based on their tastes and what’s popular with …

The Brain

The Medical Checkups You Should Get for Each Decade of Your Life

We're all busy people, but if there's one thing you should always make time for, it's to get to the doctor for regular checkups and age-appropriate …

Cancer

How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes: Lessons in Mindfulness and Creativity from the Great Detective

<i>“The habit of mind which leads to a search for relationships between facts,”</i> wrote James Webb Young in his famous 1939 5-step technique for creative problem-solving, <i>“becomes of the highest importance in the production of ideas.”</i> But just how does one acquire those vital cognitive customs? That’s …

1001 Muslim Myths and Historical Revisions

CNN last Wednesday ran a viciously mendacious “article” dragging out the “Muslim inventions” myth – yet again.<p>This is hardly new; I wrote of it in …

World's first pocket spectrometer lets you measure the molecular makeup of nearly anything

SCiO is a new gadget that instantly measures the molecular fingerprint of just about anything you see, and it fits in your pocket. Want to know the …

Super-fast projector may be key to holodeck-like rooms

Projection mapping theoretically adds a Holodeck-like level of immersion to simulations, but current projectors are simply too slow to keep up with fast-moving people. That won't be an issue if University of Tokyo researchers have their way. They've developed DynaFlash, a 1,000 frames per second …

Augmented Reality

5 Emerging Technologies Every Hospital Will Have By 2025

Wearable fitness devices and smartphone health apps that generate continuous streams of data will be the biggest catalysts for change at your doctor’s office in the coming decades.<p>Investors seem excited about the potential. Digital health startups attracted investments of $6.5 billion in 2014, a …

Digital Health

Bionic eye implant promises a lifetime of perfect vision

An optometrist in British Columbia claims to have invented an easily implantable device that provides its wearer with vision "three times better than 20/20" <i>for life</i>. Dubbed the Ocumetics Bionic Lens by its inventor Dr. Garth Webb, this device appears to be very similar in structure to the …

British Columbia

US Appeals Courts delivers fresh blow to Guantanamo Bay war crimes courts

Court puts “nail in the coffin” of Guantanamo Bay war crimes courts set up by George W Bush to try al-Qaeda suspects<p>The Guantanamo Bay war crimes tribunals have suffered another major legal blow after a Washington DC appeals court threw out a conviction against a man accused of making propaganda …

Waco biker shooting: Police say they fired 12 times

<b>(CNN) —</b> Police officers fired 12 rounds during a deadly shootout last month at a restaurant in Waco, Texas, authorities said Friday in a news release.<p>Waco police said 44 shell casings have been recovered from the scene where nine bikers were killed during a shootout at a Twin Peaks restaurant. …

Prison Worker Joyce Mitchell Gave Killers Blades, Chisels Before Escape: Court Docs

A New York prison worker charged with aiding in the escape of two convicted killers allegedly brought hacksaw blades, chisels, a punch and a screwdriver bit into the prison weeks before the men made their brazen escape, according court documents.<p>Joyce Mitchell, 51, was arrested by state police …

French Court: Former IMF Leader Is Not a Pimp

Dominique Strauss-Kahn will have to stick to a career in finance, if he can ever find another regular job again.<p>A French court determined on Friday …