Crista Paraschiva

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Why Cambodians Never Get 'Depressed'

People in Cambodia experience what we Americans call depression. But there's no direct translation for the word "depression" in the Cambodian Khmer language. Instead, people may say <i>thelea tdeuk ceut</i>, which literally means "the water in my heart has fallen."<p>Anxious or depressed Haitians, on the …

‘Why I want to die at 75’

How long should we live? At BBC Future’s World-Changing Ideas summit in New York, Ezekiel J Emanuel argued that we focus too much on racking up years, and it’s time for a new attitude to death.<p>Death – along with sex – is one of our two great taboos. So it came as some surprise when Ezekiel Emanuel …

Medicine

Welcome To Mars. Here's Where You'll Be Staying

In a fun competition to design a 3-D-printed Martian habitat, three designs are finalists.<p>NASA has plans to put humans on Mars in the 2030s or 2040s, and the private company Mars One is already interviewing applicants to for its one-way trip to the Red Planet. But a couple of crucial questions …

Mercury levels rise in oceans

Man has pumped tens of thousands of tons of mercury into the world's oceans in the last 500 years, nearly tripling the amount of the toxic heavy metal in sea water, according to a study published online Wednesday in the journal Nature.<p>The study, the first to be based on widespread and long-term …

Sane Reasons To Be A Mars Colonizer

According to a former NASA Chief Technologist<p>Is it insane to sign up for a one-way trip to Mars? Mason Peck would like to assure you it is not. He addressed the sanity of Mars colonizers in a post yesterday on the Mars One website. Peck is a Mars One adviser who previously served as NASA's Chief …

Scientists Develop Technique To Produce Self-Assembling Anticancer Molecules In Minutes

Scientists from the University of Warwick have developed a simple technique for the production of a variety of self-assembling molecules that could …

Nanotech

Stem cell scientist found dead in wake of research paper scandal

A senior Japanese scientist embroiled in a stem-cell research scandal has been found dead in an apparent suicide.<p>Yoshiki Sasai had supervised and co-authored stem cell research papers that had to be retracted due to falsified contents. Hyogo prefectural police said Sasai, 52, was found on Tuesday …

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Supercharge me: how billionaire Elon Musk plans to unleash an electrical car revolution

The unlikely starting point for Britain’s transformation into a country of electrical highways is a shop in White City’s Westfield shopping centre, …

The Strategy That Will Fix Health Care

In health care, the days of business as usual are over. Around the world, every health care system is struggling with rising costs and uneven quality despite the hard work of well-intentioned, well-trained clinicians. Health care leaders and policy makers have tried countless incremental …