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Social Anxiety: Mapping Its 7 Key Components

Apart from depression, social anxiety (a.k.a. social phobia) is probably the most common clearly “diagnosable” mental health condition I see in the …

Psychology

This couple gave up their careers to train as scientists and find a cure for her rare genetic disease

When Sonia Vallabh’s mother died of a rare disease at the age of 52, she found out that she was carrying the same ill-fated genes. Soon after her diagnosis was confirmed, she and her husband, Eric Minikel, set out on a quest to find a cure.<p>Sonia is 32 and her inherited genetic condition, called …

Biomarkers

Discovery of a fundamental limit to the evolution of the genetic code - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

Nature is constantly evolving–its limits determined only by variations that threaten the viability of species. Research into the origin and expansion …

Chemistry: Why synthesize?

Philip Ball ponders the many reasons that chemists make molecules, and weighs what is lost, and gained, when they don't.<p>Subject terms:<p>Chemistry<br>• Drug …

Atoms

These Chaotic Illustrations Aren't Trying to Be Charming (But Still Are)

Tom O'Hern exposes himself through his art.<p>Known to travel armed with a pack of homemade stickers to make his mark on defaceable public property, Tasmanian artist Tom O’Hern has a large output of paintings, photos, drawings, animations, outdoor stencil work, and graffiti. He centers all these …

Flat Earth

Genetic editing is like playing God – and what’s wrong with that?

British scientists are getting permission to alter embryos’ DNA. We have the chance to correct devastating diseases in the womb, so let’s get on with it<p>The announcement that scientists are to be allowed to edit the DNA of human embryos will no doubt provoke an avalanche of warnings from opponents …

Genetics

To oblivion and beyond: art and science at the edge of consciousness

From William Blake’s vision of a soul leaving the body to Goshka Macuga’s creepy somnambulist, a new exhibition explores the mysteries of the mind – but are we any closer to finding the answers Descartes was seeking when he dissected a human brain more than 350 years ago?<p>They hover between worlds. …

Consciousness

Big Pharma’s worst nightmare

Jamie Love has spent years battling global drug companies, unshakable in his belief that even the world’s poorest people should have access to life-saving medicines. Is it time that our own government listened to him?<p>On a hot August afternoon in 2000, four Americans arrived for a secret meeting at …

Pharma

Why This Doctor Believes Addictions Start In Childhood

What causes drug addiction? One Canadian physician argues that the problem isn't the drugs themselves.<p>Dr. Gabor Maté believes -- based on research and his own experience working at harm reduction clinics in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, a poor area that has one of the worst drug problems in North …

Mental Health

Many military veterans' PTSD claims 'fabricated or exaggerated'

Former top military psychiatrist says 42% of cases had no firm link to military service, diverting resources from genuine needs<p>Almost half of the service personnel assessed by military pyschiatrists had mental health issues that were not clearly linked to their career in the armed forces, or were …

Mental Health

Lucid dreams are key to understanding consciousness

Flickr Creative Commons/Moyan Brenn<p>We spend around six years of our lives dreaming – that’s 2,190 days or 52,560 hours. Although we can be aware of the perceptions and emotions we experience in our dreams, we are not conscious in the same way as when we’re awake. This explains why we can’t …

Consciousness

The Imperiled Bloggers of Bangladesh

Until he was stabbed multiple times with a kitchen knife and forced to flee to Europe two years ago, Asif Mohiuddin was a leading member of Bangladesh’s ‘‘freethinker’’ movement and the country’s best-known secular provocateur. We met last June at a cafe on a pedestrian promenade around the corner …

Extremism

BBC - Earth - Why does time always run forwards and never backwards?

Why is it you can break an egg, but not make the pieces spring back together again? To find out, we have to go back to the birth of the universe<p>There's egg on your face, literally. You tried to juggle some eggs, it all went wrong, and now you've got to shower and change your clothes.<p>Wouldn't it be …

Physics

The Doctor Will See You (and Your Data) Now

<b>By David Agus</b><p>Illustration by Mike McQuade for Fortune<p>December 26, 2015, 6:30 AM EDT<p><i>The secrets to your health and longevity are hiding within you. At</i> …

Immune System

8 Fascinating Things We Learned About The Mind In 2015

As the New Horizons spacecraft made its historic flight to Pluto and some scientists explored the far reaches of our solar system, others were making some incredible advances in their exploration of the inner workings of the mind.<p>Studies published this year shed light on the mysteries of the brain …

The Brain

The philosophical problem of killing baby Hitler, explained

On Friday, the New York Times Magazine decided to tweet this for some reason:<p>Given certain assumptions, this isn't a hard question. Assume that going back in time merely eliminates Hitler, and that the sole effect of that is that the Nazi Party lacks a charismatic leader and never takes power in …

Great Depression

Year in review: Quantum spookiness is real

Some pesky loopholes no longer plague a crucial test for assessing the weirdness of quantum mechanics. Experiments reported in 2015 definitively …

Quantum Mechanics

Free will is back, and maybe this time we can measure it – Stephen Cave

The cat is crouched low to the ground, whiskers brushing grass. It inches forward in minute movements, eyes drilling towards two sparrows just ahead. …

American Philosophy

Year in review: Epigenome makes its debut

In a landmark event more than a decade ago, geneticists unveiled the human genetic instruction book. This year, the book was turned into a movie …

Genetics

Could neutralizing some gut microbes prevent heart disease?

Here's a finding that gives new meaning (and a gender-neutral twist) to the adage "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach": New research suggests that neutralizing the breakdown of certain microorganisms that colonize the human gut may prevent heart disease.<p>Followers of the burgeoning …

The black box at the beginning of life

Life begins with an egg and a sperm: that much is clear. But how do these "germ cells" form, and how do they pass genetic traits from one generation …

Genetics

12 Rarest Medical Conditions The World Has Ever Seen

5. Alien Hand Syndrome<p>Battle Royale With Cheese<p>Alien hand syndrome usually develops following damage to the corpus collosum, or the bundle of fibers …

Hepatitis

Web sales 'fuel stress drug addiction'

<b>Deaths linked to a commonly prescribed class of drug, used to treat anxiety and insomnia, reached record levels in England and Wales last year.</b><p>There were 372 fatalities involving benzodiazepines, up 8% on the previous year, and the highest level since records began in 1993, according to the Office …

Human Geography

The Scientific Reasons Why Introverts And Extroverts Are Different

<b>This article first appeared on</b> <b>QuietRev.com</b><p>I’m standing in the crowd in front of the stage at the small gritty music club. My two friends—both extroverts—are on either side of me, swaying along with the crooning Indie singer and smiling. I was having fun for a while, but now I’m ready to head home …

Psychology

Is Our Universe a Fake?

<i>Robert Lawrence Kuhn is the creator, writer and host of "Closer to Truth," a public television and multimedia program that features the world's</i> …

The long reach of reason

Here's a TED first: an animated Socratic dialog! In a time when irrationality seems to rule both politics and culture, has reasoned thinking finally …

Steven Pinker

Five ways the superintelligence revolution might happen

Biological brains are unlikely to be the final stage of intelligence. Machines already have superhuman strength, speed and stamina – and one day they …

Singularity