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Why a 'Lifesaving' Depression Treatment Didn't Pass Clinical Trials

... but could still be a groundbreaking therapy<p>Some medical experiments are more daunting than others. The one that the neurologist Helen Mayberg came up with to test a model of depression she had developed over about 15 years involved drilling two holes in the top of a patient’s skull and sliding …

FDA

Gravitational Waves Could Solve Long List of Mysteries

In the mid-1980s, Bernard Schutz came up with a new solution to one of astronomy's oldest problems: how to measure the distance from Earth to other …

Gravitational Waves

Japan Just Found a Huge Rare-Earth Mineral Deposit That Can Supply The World For Centuries

This could change the global economy.<p>Researchers have found a deposit of rare-earth minerals off the coast of Japan that could supply the world for …

Rare Earth

Simple Quantum Computing in 150 Lines of Python

What does it take to build a quantum computer? Lots of exotic supercooled hardware. However, creating a simulator isn’t nearly as hard and can give …

Quantum Computing

More than half your body is not human

<b>More than half of your body is not human, say scientists.</b><p>Human cells make up only 43% of the body's total cell count. The rest are microscopic colonists.<p>Understanding this hidden half of ourselves - our microbiome - is rapidly transforming understanding of diseases from allergy to Parkinson's.<p>The …

Microbiome

Health care groups to use blockchain to improve provider data

Five national groups, including UnitedHealthcare and Optum, are launching a pilot program to see if blockchain can help keep data accurate.<p>Blockchain, the technology behind bitcoin, is creeping into the health care space.<p>A growing number of researchers and companies are finding that blockchain -- a …

Blockchain

Investing In Marijuana Businesses: Are Hedge Funds Coming To The Cannabis Industry?

Hedge funds were not investing in the cannabis industry last year. But this might be changing in 2018.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When this article was originally conceived, the title was very different: "Why Hedge Funds Aren't Investing in the Cannabis Industry but …

Investing

See How Fish Get From Coral Reefs to Your Aquarium Tank

A group of marine conservationists traced each step in the process, from capture to display.<p>Even if you’ve never owned a saltwater aquarium, it’s likely you’ve come across one before—perhaps at a restaurant or in your friend’s living room—with corals aglow and flamboyant fish flitting around them …

Aquaculture

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore: ‘It is, strangely, acceptable to mock and demonise teenagers’

The neuroscientist, who has written a book on the teenage brain, on the turmoil of adolescence and whether mindfulness can help<p><b>Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, professor in cognitive neuroscience at University College London, is the author of a groundbreaking new book,</b> <b>Inventing Ourselves: The Secret Life of</b> …

Teens

Menu of the Future: Insects, Weeds, and Bleeding Veggie Burgers

Here are 5 innovative foods you'll be seeing more of soon.<p>Peer into the future of what we eat, and you will encounter many questions about what will happen to our meals. As the world’s population climbs above 9 billion by mid-century, our food needs will grow by 70 percent. How do we meet them …

When splashy headlines become the goal of science, the process suffers

Internal and external pressure drive a rush toward prestige.<p>Brian Wansink’s research almost always made the news. The social psychologist is the head of Cornell’s Food and Brand Lab, known for turning out eye-catching studies on everything from behavior at pizza buffets to inspiring children to eat …

University of Cambridge

Cybersecurity helps keep hospital patients safe and healthy

The Hippocratic Oath remains a rite of passage for medical students, who often take a modernized version of the oath when graduating medical school.

Medical School

Getting the Inside Dope on Ketamine's Mysterious Ability to Rapidly Relieve Depression

Ketamine has been called the biggest thing to happen to psychiatry in 50 years, due to its uniquely rapid and sustained antidepressant effects. It …

Neuroscience

If The Universe Is 13.8 Billion Years Old, How Can We See 46 Billion Light Years Away?

There are a few fundamental facts about the Universe — its origin, its history, and what it is today — that are awfully hard to wrap your head around. One of them is the Big Bang, or the idea that the Universe began a certain time ago: 13.8 billion years ago to be precise. That’s the first moment …

Galaxies

Down the Quantum Rabbit Hole

Anesthesiologist Stuart Hameroff believes tiny structures in our cells called microtubules could explain consciousness. Steve Craft<p>Fellow scientists …

Scientists Just Identified The Physical Source of Anxiety in The Brain

And they can control it with light.<p>We're not wired to feel safe all the time, but maybe one day we could be.<p>A new study investigating the …

I Was A Skeptic Of Mindfulness … Until I Tried To Make My Case

<i>Our science staff is trying to lead a more scientific life in 2018. Throughout the week, we’ve been questioning whether some of our habits and</i> …

Mindfulness

How Fear Makes You Do Good Or Evil

An ancient part of your brain determines your response.<p>When Abigail Marsh was 19, a dog ran in front of her car on the highway. She swerved, spun out, and found herself facing an oncoming lane of traffic with an unresponsive engine. Across the highway, another driver saw her emergency lights …

WHO Ranks the World's Most Dangerous Bacteria

The World Health Organization says all twelve bacteria on the list are highly resistant to antibiotics and nearly untreatable.<p>In case you didn't have enough possible apocalypse scenarios to worry about, here's a new one—drug-resistant bacteria. While the bulk of the 20th century enjoyed dozens of …

Scientists Can Now Print Human Skin

The bioprinter could print on-demand skin for burn victims or for use in pharmaceutical testing.<p>Scientists from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid have built a printer that can print fully functional human skin.<p>Bioprinting is rapidly becoming a hot new technology in the world of medicine. The …

Physicists Overturn a 100-Year-Old Assumption on How Brains Work

This is how neurons actually fire.<p>The human brain contains a little over 80-odd billion neurons, each joining with other cells to create trillions of …

Neuroscience

After 40 years of studying the strong nuclear force, a revelation

This was the year that analysis of data finally backed up a prediction, made in the mid 1970s, of a surprising emergent behaviour in the strong nuclear force<p>In the mid 1970s, four Soviet physicists, Batlisky, Fadin, Kuraev and Lipatov, made some predictions involving the strong nuclear force which …

Physics

$135 Million Autonomous Test Center Opens in Michigan

Companies have a new place to test their driverless cars<p>A large proving ground for autonomous vehicles has just opened near Ann Arbor, Michigan, with Toyota and Ford among the investors for the space. Although not finished yet, the American Center for Mobility offers a number of real-world …

GM's Mary Barra: Driver-Owned Vehicles Not Going Away

CEO believes dealers need to put customers and consumers first<p>General Motors CEO and chairwoman Mary Barra believes that even with the move to ride-sharing and mobility services, there’s still a future for driver-owned vehicles. Speaking at an Automotive Press Association event in Detroit, Barra …

Novitec Will Give Your Tesla Model S a Style Upgrade

A touch of gold and other goodies for your EV sedan<p>Looking for a sexier Model S? Novitec gives Tesla’s flagship sedan a stealthy exterior upgrade for drivers that want to stand out.<p>The Stetten, Germany-based tuner now offers a few choice carbon fiber aerodynamic bits that provide modest accents to …

Things at Faraday Future Sound Even Worse Than We Thought

Startup may not be able to pay employees after January 1<p>Thanks to some fantastic reporting from <i>The Verge</i>, we’ve known for a while that things aren’t going great at the mysterious EV startup Faraday Future. Last we heard, the third founding executive had resigned, and morale was so low, the company …

Toyota Increases Collaboration on Batteries With Panasonic

Building on a two-decade-old joint venture<p>Twenty years after Toyota introduced the first Prius in Japan and 17 years after it arrived in the United States, hybrids are practically synonymous with Toyota. Tesla may be the young, hot EV startup, but when you think “hybrid,” you picture a Prius. But …

Hyundai Plans More Battery-Powered Cars

As many as 38 environmentally friendly models in the next eight years<p>Last year, Hyundai introduced the Ioniq family of vehicles, offering conventional hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fully electric versions. They might not be Toyota Prius and Tesla Model 3 killers, but they’re all generally competitive …

Thor Trucks, A New Electric Semi-Truck Challenger, Enters the Ring

Has its sights set squarely on Tesla<p>Back in August, Cummins revealed the AEOS, its first electric semi-truck. A few months later, Mercedes showed off its own electric semi, the E-Fuso Vision One. Then in November, Tesla debuted its version, the Semi. Now there’s another company looking to sell …

Belgium’s Lavish Energy Use Sheds Light on More Than Just Its Roads

BRUSSELS — When an astronaut took nighttime pictures of Europe from the International Space Station this year, one nation stood out far below on the twinkling surface of the earth: Belgium.<p>It is the only country in Europe to keep nearly all of its 2.2 million streetlights on through the night, …

Europe