Sachini Dharmaratne

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A Simple Patch That Monitors Health And Dispenses Drugs

Forget your clunky wristband, this is a window into what’s coming with wearable health technology.<p>In the future, doctors will prescribe hardware and software as well as just drugs. They’ll monitor patients remotely using wearable devices, or ask people to track themselves using apps. As a result, …

Ecstatic states

In the Vietnam War, Bob Walker had been a helicopter mechanic, and he’d watched as his best friend was decapitated by an incoming helicopter’s propeller blade. Ever since then the 69-year-old Paradise, CA vet has struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder — a psychological condition that …

How the Movies of Tomorrow Will Play With Your Mind

A neuroscientist in California is dreaming up a new visual vocabulary for cinema that could revolutionize the filmmaking business.<p>0<p>SHARES<p>Since the …

The Gene Is Obsolete

Genes don't consistently do what we once thought they would, so it's time to reconsider what we mean when we say the word.<p>2<p>SHARES<p>Today, DNA is …

Color blind or color brave? | Mellody Hobson

Saving Lions By Appointing Masai Warriors As Their Protectors

A small program in Kenya that trains Masai warriors to help protect lions rather than hunt them is proving an effective way to slow an extinction.<p>In Africa, the wildlife slaughter is growing. The death toll has prompted conservationists to warn of the extinction of wild populations of rhinos, …

Wildlife

This System Will Help You Retain Everything You Read

And that doesn't include the ones that I started to read and put down.<p>I learned a lot in the process about what works and what doesn't work.<p>I have a system that I use for non-fiction books that enables me to remember quite a bit.<p>And when I can't remember I generally know where to look to find the …

Writing

Does Having Kids Make Parents Happy After All?

New research overturns the decades-old belief that having children is a downer.<p>Since the 1980s, economists and psychologists have been aware of a "parental happiness gap." Basically, the running theory has been that parents are a less happy bunch than their non-parenting peers. This makes some …

Comics that ask "what if?" | Randall Munroe

Fighting squid reveal an evolutionary purpose of pain

Pain may be unpleasant, but it’s also important. It keeps us from continuing to do things that damage our bodies. In fact, people who are born without normal pain sensitivity often harm themselves unwittingly.<p>But when you grab a hot coffee cup and burn your hand only slightly, it can sting for …

Zoology

If It's Pricey, It Must Be Tastier, And Other Lies Our Brains Tell

Why do we prefer Coke over a generic cola? Psychologist Paul Bloom tells the <i>TED Radio Hour</i>'s Guy Raz that we come to believe something is better because we're told that it is.<p>Transcript<p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST:<p>Question for you - why are so many of us convinced that Coca-Cola taste better than Royal Crown …

Did Homer Simpson Actually Solve Fermat's Last Theorem? Take A Look

You don't have to notice, but if you do, it's like a hidden kiss. There have always been popular television shows that sneak bits of arcane learning into their storylines. <i>Star Trek</i> did this. <i>Dr. Who</i> (in Britain) did this. So, back in the day, did Rocky and Bullwinkle, and before them, a cartoon show …

Gender Imbalance in Academic Science

Women are underrepresented in the top ranks of academic science, but they attend grad school in equal numbers as men. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to science correspondent Joe Palca about the disparity.<p>Transcript<p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. Science has …

'Smart' hydrogel degrades when new bone grows - Futurity

A liquid hydrogel turns semisolid inside the body and then degrades when new bone or tissue grow to replace it.

Most detailed view yet of Milky Way’s magnetic fields

Researchers have created a new map of the Milky Way’s magnetic fingerprint, the magnetic fields that shape our galaxy.<p>A new map of the entire sky …

Sperms' swimming and navigational skills disrupted by common chemicals

Lab study suggests around a third of 'endocrine disruptors' damage sperms' function and their ability to fertilise eggs<p>Common chemical additives found in sunscreens, food packaging, toothpaste and toys can harm sperm and may affect the fertility of some couples, scientists say.<p>Tests on 96 …

The Mathematics of Murder: Should a Robot Sacrifice Your Life to Save Two?

It happens quickly—more quickly than you, being human, can fully process.<p>A front tire blows, and your autonomous SUV swerves. But rather than veering left, into the opposing lane of traffic, the robotic vehicle steers right. Brakes engage, the system tries to correct itself, but there’s too much …

Robotics

A second case of the MERS virus has been identified in the US

The second American case of the MERS virus has been reported in Florida, according to NBC News. The case seems to be unrelated to the first US case of the virus, which struck a health-care worker in Munster, Indiana, but has many officials concerned about MERS' potential to spread globally. MERS …

Algorithm Reveals Link Between Sour Cream And Traffic Accidents

Visualizing the unexpected correlations that surround us<p>Data suggest: marriages in Alabama are causing deaths by electrocution, divorces in South Carolina are causing bees to produce more honey, and Nicolas Cage movies are saving thousands of lives each year.<p>Tyler Vigen created a program, …

South Carolina

10-Foot Sea Level Rise Now Unstoppable Due To Glacier Collapse

Two new studies describe extensive glacier melting as inevitable.<p>A large part of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, a massive expanse of frozen water that flows into the Amundsen Sea, is likely already in the process of collapsing, probably irreversibly. A pair of studies show that part of the sheet is …

Global Warming

Being a bully may be good for your health, study finds

Children who bully others have lower levels of inflammation later in life<p>Childhood bullying has been linked to a number of physical and mental health effects, including lower self-worth, depression, and serious illnesses later in life. But until now, researchers had largely focused on examining …

Am I Asleep? A Jolt to the Brain Triggers Lucid Dreams

Scientists stimulate the brain with gamma waves and find that they can induce lucid dreaming, in which the sleeper becomes aware of the fact that they're in a dream.<p><b>Electric currents to the brain</b> can trigger lucid dreaming, the mysterious state in which dreamers are conscious they are dreaming and …

Pfizer Reveals Legally-Binding Guarantees In AstraZeneca Takeover

Pfizer has revealed the legally-binding guarantees it has offered the UK government as part of its planned takeover of UK-based rival AstraZeneca, as …

Eurosceptic? Here's who you should you vote for in Eurovision

Politically conflicted by Eurovision? Here are five acts worthy of your attention even if you're a UKIP supporter<p>The Eurovision Song Contest is just a bit of fun, but can be a night of conflicting emotions if you are a Eurosceptic. It is, after all, a display of pan-European solidarity and …

Lottery winners Colin and Chris Weir donate 79% of Yes Scotland funds

Pro-union campaign claims Weirs' donation reveals narrow SNP base of support for Scotland's pro-independence movement<p>Nearly 80% of donations to Scotland's pro-independence campaign over the past year came from EuroMillions lottery winners Colin and Chris Weir.<p>The Weirs, who won £161m in the …

Scottish independence could hit overseas student numbers, says survey

Poll finds 46% of non-EU students less likely to pick university in independent Scotland because they want a British degree<p>Scottish universities could lose more than two-fifths of their non-EU students if the country votes for independence, a survey suggests.<p>Of 200 overseas students surveyed, 46% …