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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 …

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A huge new Stanford and Harvard study proves that US inequality isn’t just about class

For decades, an increasingly loud chorus has claimed that economic inequality is primarily driven by class, with other possible reasons for disparities, such as race, playing a lesser role. They say that it is counterproductive to focus on inequality between races—instead, it is better to consider …

With a spacecraft in trouble and the White House watching, SpaceX had to deliver

Within minutes of liftoff, it was clear the Dragon spacecraft was in trouble.<p>Inside mission control on the morning of March 1, 2013, the SpaceX team was desperately trying to figure out what went wrong and soon pinpointed the problem: A few valves were stuck.<p>Lori Garver, NASA’s deputy …

Space Travel

India is about to embark on the most ambitious electric-car transformation in the world

India is shifting gears.<p>The world’s fifth-largest auto market is readying for a stupendous transformation: moving completely towards electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030.<p>This is part of the Narendra Modi government’s vision to helm a renewable-energy revolution in the country. It reckons that the …

India

NASA is crashing Cassini into Saturn on Friday — here's what will happen in the probe's final hours, minutes, and seconds

The end is nigh for Cassini, a spacecraft that launched in 1997 and has explored Saturn and its moons for 13 years.<p>However, scientists will squeeze every last discovery they can from the probe during its final moments.<p>NASA is destroying the nuclear-powered robot early Friday morning because it has …

Astronomy

Your Body Is Not Ready For Virtual Reality

Michael Fassbender’s soft lilt is in my ear spouting nonsense about assassins and their creed. Around me is a whirl of action set against a …

Don't Like Monsanto? Then You Should Be Pro-GMO, Not Anti. Here's Why.

<i>GMO</i>. It’s a term shrouded in mystery. A scapegoat for real and perceived agricultural and food system ills, the acronym conjures visions of monoculture, pesticides, chemicals, junk food, obesity, and the transformation of life forms into intellectual property. Perhaps the most common menace …

Agriculture

MIT accidentally discovered a cleaner smelting process

Sometimes, science can take an unexpected turn. While trying to develop a new kind of high temperature storage battery, MIT researchers accidentally stumbled upon a new, more efficient process for smelting metal -- one that's potentially cheaper, safer and less harmful to the environment than …

Australia's latitude and longitude coordinates out by more than 1.5 metres, scientists say

The continent of Australia is on the move and experts at Geoscience Australia are trying to keep up.<p>A team of scientists is about to recalculate the …

How Driverless Cars Will Take Over Roads, Hearts And Minds

Most drivers fear driverless cars, but those fears will subside as autonomous features debut in cars piloted by humans, a panel of transportation experts agreed in Chicago Friday. The driverless takeover will be so gradual, they suggested, we’ll hardly notice it.<p>“I think what we’re likely to see in …

Autonomous Vehicle

Dogs were a species so nice, we domesticated them twice

In Europe and Asia<p>Humans have a tighter bond with dogs than perhaps any other animal. But figuring out exactly how that bond developed has been a huge, tantalizing challenge for researchers. Now, an ambitious study of canine genetics suggests that dogs’ history is even more complex than we thought …

The Limits Of How Far Humanity Can Go In The Universe

If you peer out into the depths of space — at the vast expanse of stars, galaxies, and even the leftover glow from the Big Bang itself — you might think that if humanity can understand the laws of nature and create a good enough technology, there are no limits to what we can explore. If we were to …

Universe

Google: We have proof that our quantum computer really works

Google announced a breakthrough in the field of quantum computing Wednesday. The company thinks it's found a quantum algorithm that solves problems 100 million times faster than conventional processes. If confirmed, this discovery could not only lead to iRobot-style artificial intelligence but also …

Japanese researchers created holograms you can touch

The touchable holograms, called Fairy Lights, could serve as the beginning to developing technology where humans could interact with the hologram.<p>This could particularly come in handy in medicine, where hologram technology is used to demonstrate certain procedures.<p>The holograms were made using …

Theranos relents, says it will publish data showing accuracy of its blood tests

Medical testing startup Theranos has agreed to publish data that it says will validate the accuracy of its blood tests after they were called into question by a <i>Wall Street Journal</i> article published last week. Elizabeth Holmes, the billionaire CEO of the rapidly growing company, confirmed that …

Measuring and Communicating Health Care Value with Charts

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>Some leading proponents of health care reform have argued that the goal of any health care system should be to deliver the most value to patients: the outcomes achieved for treating a medical condition relative to the costs incurred over a complete care cycle. But how do you calculate the …

Farm Robot Learns What Weeds Look Like, Smashes Them

Weeding with machine learning, not herbicides<p>While the world’s first fully-robotic farm will operate indoors, traditional outdoor farms aren’t immune to the coming robotic revolution.<p>Bonirob, developed by Bosch's Deepfield Robotics, is billed to eliminate some of the most tedious tasks in modern …

Machine Learning

scientists baffled by WTF 001, our galaxy's strangest star

"Aliens should always be the very last hypothesis you consider," Penn State astrophysicist Jason Wright told <i>The Atlantic</i>. "But this looked like …

Mark Zuckerberg explains why he thinks that critics of his plan to connect the world are wrong

Critics, particularly in India, have been calling Internet.org an affront to the principles of net neutrality.<p>Net neutrality is the idea that all internet traffic should be treated equally, no matter what service it comes from.<p>Internet.org's app, called Free Basics, allows users in developing …

How Elizabeth Holmes' Billion-Dollar Drug Company, Theranos, Won by Playing the Long Game | Inc.com

Steve Jobs had massive ambition, but Holmes's is arguably larger. While revolutionizing consumer technology is formidable, Holmes believes her company will actually save lives. Her diagnostic lab test upstart is aiming to disrupt a $75 billion industry, and to help grow it by another $125 billion. …

Genetic Engineering

Open Drum: dogs prescribed to sit, stay and heal

<b>The doctor tore the page from the prescription pad and handed it to me. "Get a dog," it read. Who knew that a furry friend could help me so much,</b> …

Nintendo Bringing Japanese Hit Yo-Kai Watch to 3DS in the US

Nintendo has announced plans to release Level-5's hit RPG, Yo-Kai Watch, outside of Japan, including in the United States and Europe.<p>Originally launched for 3DS in Japan back in 2013, Yo-Kai Watch has become a huge sensation, drawing comparisons to Pokemon. In addition to the two games that have …

Anime

Islamist hackers seize control of Defra's air-quality website

Group calling itself Moroccan Islamic Union-Mail posts picture of Saddam Hussein and criticises Britain for its role in invasion of Iraq<p>Islamist hackers seized control of the government’s official air-quality website to post a message criticising Britain for its role in the invasion of Iraq in 2003.<p>…

Middle East

Norway's prison without bars: 'It's a trust thing' | Crime

<b>Oslo, Norway -</b> As a prison guard for the past 38 years, Lasse Andresen has seen it all.<p>He's worked in five prisons in Norway - low and high security, rural and urban, old and new.<p>Along the way, one of his colleagues was raped and killed by two inmates. His two daughters are now prison officers …

Living Rooms

Apple’s new MacBook reiterates how desperately we need battery innovation

Apple yesterday announced a new MacBook that’s thinner and lighter than the existing MacBook Air. It’s got some impressive new features, but Apple’s focus on making things smaller still has a barrier: batteries.<p>The picture above illustrates just how much companies like Apple have managed to shrink …

MacBook

Why Debunking Myths About Vaccines Hasn’t Convinced Dubious Parents

Seventeen years ago, a physician in the UK published a study of twelve children who had been given the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine. It implied a scary correlation between the vaccine and autism. But upon both further investigation and further clinical studies, the original finding was …

Big Pharma, ED Drugs And "Pink Viagra"

Big Pharma has made a number of breakthroughs over the years with new drugs to treat different forms of cancer, viral diseases, heart disease, diabetes, etc. However, the breakthrough that seems to be in the forefront of the minds of many industry critics has been drugs known as PDE-5 inhibitors …

Pharma

How Britain’s second world war spirit benefited science

From radar scientists carrying out furtive field tests in the back of a van to nutritionists self-experimenting with unusual diets, the period surrounding the second world war inspired researchers to invent, develop and explore with a new fervour – or so claims a new exhibition at London’s Science …

Remembrance Day

Earth entered new epoch on July 16 1945, say scientists

A new epoch known as the Anthropocene began when the first atomic bomb was detonated in the New Mexico in 1945, scientists believe<p>The world entered a new epoch on July 16 1945 when humans detonated the first atomic bomb, scientists have concluded.<p>Human behaviour now has such an enormous impact on …

Earth Science

Glass transition temperature

While the familiar melting and freezing transitions of water occur at well-defined temperatures, the transitions in polymers are surprisingly different<p>At this time of year it always becomes obvious when the temperature has plummeted, not simply from the ice on the puddles but from the difficulty I …

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