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The FDA says ecstasy is a ‘breakthrough’ drug for PTSD patients

It's a big step forward for a controversial treatment.<p>Ecstasy doesn’t sound like something you do in a doctor’s office. But the Food and Drug Administration wants that to change. The FDA just approved the substance, more clinically known as MDMA, as a ‘breakthrough’ drug—and will work to move it …

This 1 Morning Routine Saves Me 20 Hours a Week

The first 3 hours of your day are your most precious for maximized productivity.<p>The traditional 9-5 workday is poorly structured for high productivity. Perhaps when most work was physical labor it made sense, but not in the knowledge-working world we now live in.<p>Although this may seem obvious …

Time Management

Karl Landsteiner, discoverer of blood groups, honoured in Google Doodle

When you're in need of a blood transfusion, you'll be given blood that matches the blood your own body produces. But this wasn't always the case. The reason we know about it is because of an Austrian and American biologist by the name of Karl Landsteiner, who discovered the blood groups in …

CO2 turned into stone in Iceland in climate change breakthrough

Radical new technique promises a cheaper and more secure method of burying CO2 emissions underground instead of storing it as a gas<p>Carbon dioxide has been pumped underground and turned rapidly into stone, demonstrating a radical new way to tackle climate change.<p>The unique project promises a cheaper …

Fossil Fuels

6 research-backed secrets to permanently changing your habits

We all want to get to the gym, be more productive, be kinder to our loved ones… and then we don't do it. Why?<p>Well, building solid personal habits can be hard.<p>In fact, research shows it takes an average of 66 days to build a new good habit.<p>From Oliver Burkeman's Help! How to be slightly happier and …

Neil deGrasse Tyson says this is what you should invest in 'if you don't want to die poor'

The doldrums, he explained, are a region on the earth's surface where air doesn't move horizontally.<p>"It either goes directly down, directly upward, or doesn't move at all," he said. "If you accidentally sail into that zone and all you have is wind power, you die there."<p>So it's safe to say that the …

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New Imaging Study Shows How Schizophrenic Brains Regenerate

A new study points the way toward future new therapies and maybe even, eventually, a cure.<p>To say that cures are rarely discussed within the context of mental illness would be an understatement. The reality is much closer to <i>never</i> and this becomes even more true as the mental illness in question …

The Brain

Sustainable energy: inside Iceland’s geothermal power plant

In the first of a series, we visit the Hellisheiði plant, which provides 300MW of power – and Reykjavik’s hot water<p>Thanks to its position on a volatile section of the Mid-Atlantic ridge, Iceland is a world leader in the the use of geothermal energy, and of the six geothermal power plants in …

Hydroelectric Power

Harvard Scientist Engineers Bacterium That Inhales CO2, Produces Energy -- A 'Bionic Leaf'

The chemist who gave us the artificial leaf has genetically engineered bacteria to absorb hydrogen and carbon dioxide and convert them into alcohol fuel.<p>When Harvard Professor of Energy Daniel G. Nocera announced he was working with bacteria last year, other scientists cautioned it would be …

University of Chicago

One scientist may have solved a mystery behind brain disorders like Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia

When she gazed into a microscope and saw these ubiquitous cells with their spidery tentacles, she did what most neuroscientists had been doing for generations: she looked right past them and focused on the rest of the brain tissue, just as you might look through specks of dirt on a windshield.<p>"What …

How Solar Energy Is Changing the World Using New Technologies

Credit<p>One of the recent technology trends making waves on the globe right now is the significant use of solar energy systems to generate clean, non-polluting electricity and to also curb other issues that directly affect the environment. Due to different global warming concerns that are depleting …

Wood-And-Glue Skyscrapers Are On The Rise

And they could help fight climate change<p>Thanks to advances in wood construction, the next generation of skyscraper might be made of spruce, not steel. Architects are designing wood buildings that ditch concrete and metal in favor of a more environmentally friendly material—one that could help fight …

Green innovation saves the textile industry in India | India

<b>Tirupur, India -</b> R Gopalakrishnan cuts an unassuming figure as the chairman of a $88.4m textile manufacturing and export firm. In his small cabin in the textile town of Tirupur in southern India, he wears a plain T-shirt, trousers, and flip-flops.<p>Affable, with a ready smile and a slight lisp, his …

Why One Orthopedic Surgeon Is Prescribing Meditation Over Medication

Recently, the Food and Drug Administration announced that it was requiring new warning labels for certain types of opioid painkillers. According to this <i>New York Times</i> report, “Drug overdoses now kill more people in the United States than car crashes.”<p>Increasingly, both doctors and patients are …

The healthy fat you're not eating- but should be

If you haven't heard about the awesome fat that is clarified butter, get ready—you might just melt with excitement.<p>What exactly is this stuff? Butter, minus the milk solids. It hails from India, where it's called ghee, and is used in everything from delicious curries and dals to traditional …

How Do 'Genetic Superheroes' Overcome Their Bad DNA?

Scientists say they've figured out how to track down people they call "genetic superheroes."<p>These are people who remain healthy even though they were born with genetic mutations that would usually lead to devastating disorders.<p>If enough of these people can be identified and studied, the researchers …

The Science of Why You Do Your Best Thinking While Walking

Science explains why so many of history's great thinkers have been obsessive walkers.<p>Charles Darwin, Friedrich Nietzsche, William Wordsworth, even Aristotle: The list of great minds that were also obsessive walkers is long. Why is the connection between wandering feet and a productive brain so …

Walking

A New Solar Cell Creates Electricity From Water as Well as Light

Rain means clouds and clouds mean less sunlight. That’s bad news for most solar cells, but a new design can actually make use of rain drops that fall …

What Are Cats Trying to Tell Us? Science Will Explain

Weird & Wild<p>A new project is underway to decode kitty communication—and figure out if cats really like all that baby talk.<p>Weird & Wild<p>Nearly all New York State pet owners talk to their pets like they're fellow humans, according to a recent poll.<p>Many believe their dogs and cats can respond with …

Pets

Why Finland has the best schools

The Harvard education professor Howard Gardner once advised Americans, "Learn from Finland, which has the most effective schools and which does just about the opposite of what we are doing in the United States."<p>Following his recommendation, I enrolled my 7-year-old son in a primary school in …

Education

'BPA-free' plastic accelerates embryonic development, disrupts reproductive system

Companies advertise 'BPA-free' as a safer version of plastic products ranging from water bottles to sippy cups to toys. Yet a new study demonstrates …

Embryonic

The educational strategy that’s turning students into unimaginative robots

Science and math dominate the contemporary educational landscape in the United States. Almost everyone agrees that the country needs to shape workers with the skills to combat global problems like climate change, cancer and ailing infrastructures. There’s just one problem: a single-minded emphasis …

Education

CRISPR Could Fix Blindness-Causing Mutation

With cells from a patient's own skin<p>As children, most of the 1.5 million people worldwide who have retinitis pigmentosa start to lose the ability to see at night. As they get older, cells in their retina further degenerate, giving them tunnel vision; by the time they reach adulthood, many are …

Red Meat, Processed Meat and the Scary New Science

<i>Photo: Pond5</i><p><i>By Tracy Saelinger for Life by Daily Burn</i><p>When the World Health Organization issued a report this past October citing that processed meats are carcinogenic from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, news outlets and social media sites lit up with conversation. After all, this …

Apple and Google surprise Daimler with their progress on cars

You'd think that the head of Daimler would have little to worry about from Silicon Valley right now given his company's technological progress, but there is apparently a good reason to be nervous. CEO Dieter Zetsche tells <i>Welt am Sonntag</i> that a visit to tech companies in the Valley left Daimler …

Sidekick: the app that tells you when your email has been read

It sends you a notification when someone opens your emails. But what happens when people still pretend they haven’t read them?<p>I’m a big fan of validation. I’m one of those people who likes to know people have read my texts. When I found Sidekick – a plugin that allows you to track the precise …