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3D printed nerve cells are the next step toward an artificial brain

shares<p>A team at the University of Wollongong, Australia, has used a 3D printer to create nerve cells found in the brain.<p>The research, led by Dr. …

Neuroscience

BBC, SSRIs and ‘a Prescription for Murder’: Experts Slam Panorama Documentary on Antidepressants

“Is it possible that a pill prescribed by your doctor can turn you into a killer?”<p>That is the premise of a BBC Panorama documentary examining a link …

Did antidepressants help make this man a mass-murderer?

<b>James Holmes, a young man with no record of violence, murdered 12 people watching Batman in a Colorado cinema in 2012. Did an SSRI antidepressant, prescribed by a doctor, play a part in the killings?</b>

What these optical illusions say about our brains

Indeed, it is the processing happening inside our brains that is the basis for many illusions. Rather than delivering information from our eyes in …

Cognition

Antidepressants linked to murders and murderous thoughts

Antidepressants have been linked to 28 reports of murder and 32 cases of murderous thoughts, in cases referred to the UK medicines regulator over the past 30 years, a BBC investigation has discovered.<p>The pills, known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) which includes common drugs …

Ketamine ‘cures 50% of people with treatment-resistant depression’, study finds

Ketamine is a powerful anaesthetic which is also used as a mind-bending club drug – but it could be a safe, effective treatment for depression, …

All the President's Flip-Flops

The simplest explanation for Donald Trump’s new positions on everything from Syria to interest rates? Ignorance.<p>In February 2017, Jon Stewart noted that Donald Trump had a remarkable affinity for a certain phrase: “Believe me.”* Trump used it over and over, which made Stewart wary: “Nobody says …

A Russian Drone May Have Turned Off Its Camera Right Before A Syrian Hospital Was Bombed

US military officials tell BuzzFeed News it may have been a Russian plane that struck the hospital treating victims of Tuesday’s chemical attack, after watching the building closely via drone.<p>WASHINGTON — US officials suspect that Russia operated a drone and military aircraft that surveyed and …

A Baby With 3 Genetic Parents Seems Healthy, But Questions Remain

Last fall, the New York-based reproductive endocrinologist John Zhang made headlines when he reported the birth of a "three-parent" baby — a healthy boy carrying the blended DNA of the birth mother, her husband and an unrelated female donor.<p>The technique, called mitochondrial replacement therapy, …

Lawsuit Alleges Seattle Mayor Ed Murray Raped Teen 30 Years Ago

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is being sued by a man who claims Murray "raped and molested him" three decades ago, when the man was 15 years old.<p>The mayor held a brief news conference Friday to deny the allegations.<p>"To be on the receiving end of such untrue allegations is very painful for me. It is …

Same-sex Marriage

Help wanted: White House babysitter for 70-year-old president

So, Ivanka Trump is getting an office in the White House. On the second floor of the West Wing, no less — home to some of President Donald Trump's top advisers.<p>We're told that she'll be her father's "eyes and ears" in Washington. That's what I thought her husband, Jared Kushner, would be doing when …

Donald Trump

The internet is very confused by this shirt at the Trump Tower gift shop

We all get what this shirt spotted Monday at the Trump Tower gift shop in New York City is getting at — it's not that complicated.<p>It's a witty diss …

Donald Trump

John Oliver introduces us to some absolutely horrifying elected Republicans in Texas

The Republicans have an image issue. On Sunday night's <i>Last Week Tonight</i>, John Oliver introduced us to two individuals who ran and were elected under …

An Effective Policy to Deter Fighting in School

An issue that many school administrators face on a constant basis is fighting in school. Fighting has become a dangerous epidemic in many schools …

Can Students Be Legally Prosecuted for School Fights?

Updated<p>February 15, 2018 | by Grace Chen<p>As violence grows on campus, more and more public school students face legal prosecution for their …

When your high school gets you arrested for a science project

Our memories are sometimes even shorter than our tempers.<p>News is new for a few seconds and time propels us to other matters, whether we like it or not.<p>The consequences for those who suddenly make the news don't disappear quite as quickly.<p>A year ago, talented student Kiera Wilmot was arrested at …

In a city still struggling with segregation, a popular charter school fights to remain diverse

NEW ORLEANS — The central tenet of nearly any successful recruitment strategy is to emphasize the positives and downplay problems, but Josh Densen …

Education

Study sees gender gaps in Ph.D. programs, by discipline and prestige

Women earn 60 percent of baccalaureate degrees and 46 percent of doctoral degrees, excluding professional programs, according to 2015 data from the …

Education

Does Your School Arrest Students?

Niya Kenny pulled out her cell phone and began recording.<p>It happened in 2015, after a classmate had refused to hand over her own cell phone during class and was being pulled from her chair by a police officer based at their school, Spring Valley High School in Columbia, S.C. When Kenny loudly …

Education

This Is What A Segregated School System Looks Like

Sixty years after the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision officially ended racially segregated schooling and set off a wave school bussing in an effort to diversify U.S. education systems, studies show that schools in the South are on their way to returning to pre-Brown segregation …

Why Are American Schools Still Segregated?

A new study offers two answers: White people are making up a smaller percentage of the population than they used to, and different races are living in different school districts.<p>Jeremy Fiel grew up going to fairly diverse public schools in Lubbock, Texas. "Some schools had a higher black or …

The Dunning-Kruger Effect Is Why Incompetent People Think They're Great

<i>Our editors delve into Curiosity's top stories every day on a podcast that's shorter than your commute. Click here to listen and learn — in just a</i> …

Psychology

This Week In Trump's 'Alternative Facts'

Less than 24 hours after White House press secretary Sean Spicer had spouted numerous falsehoods about inauguration crowd size and more, Kellyanne Conway went on NBC's <i>Meet the Press</i> to defend him. In the process, the counselor to President Trump coined a phrase that's now destined to follow Trump …

Donald Trump

Trevor Noah: Trump's Executive Orders Prove He Should've Seen 'Hamilton'

“You can’t send Pence in your place! He can’t rap it back to you! It's just not the same!"<p>The Trump administration is going to be one big civics lesson on the Constitution, but, sadly, the president is unlikely to learn anything.<p>On Wednesday’s episode of “The Daily Show,” Trevor Noah explained how …

Bad Lip Reading Reveals What Was Really Said At Donald Trump's Inauguration

"I'm gonna figure out a way to bury your stuff fast."<p>Bad Lip Reading has got the scoop on what <i>really</i> went down at President Donald Trump’s inauguration.<p>By hilariously dubbing over key parts of Friday’s ceremony, the YouTube channel gives a unique (parody) insight into what was <i>actually</i> being said …

The Conspiracy Theorist in the White House

Today Donald Trump is indulging in obvious falsehoods about voter fraud. His Birther past suggests he’ll shamelessly obsess about the subject for months or even years to come.<p>While losing the Electoral College, Hillary Clinton earned roughly 3 million more votes than President Donald Trump during …