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It eases pain, seems to be addictive and shows every sign of causing long-term health problems. Is it time to quit sugar for good?<p>Imagine a drug that can intoxicate us, can infuse us with energy and can be taken by mouth. It doesn’t have to be injected, smoked, or snorted for us to experience its …

Health

The Psychology of White-Collar Criminals

A researcher reflects on conversations with nearly 50 convicted executives about why they did what they did.<p>Two leading executive headhunters once wrote a book called <i>Lessons From the Top: The Search for America’s Best Business Leaders</i> that celebrated 50 titans of industry. Readers were encouraged …

University of Chicago

Locked On The Psych Ward

Lock them in. Bill their insurer. Kick them out. How scores of employees and patients say America’s largest psychiatric chain turns patients into profits.<p><b>On a cool October evening</b> in 2012, Samantha Trimble walked into the lobby of Millwood Hospital, a low-slung brick building on the side of a road …

How Two Trailblazing Psychologists Turned the World of Decision Science Upside Down

After his book Moneyball became a best-seller, Michael Lewis learned that many of the ideas it presented to the general public had actually been introduced decades earlier by a pair of Israeli psychologists: Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky. In an adaptation from his new book, Lewis investigates …

Why Fake News Is So Incredibly Effective

If you get your news from social media, as most Americans do, you are exposed to a daily dose of hoaxes, rumors, conspiracy theories and misleading …

Researchers uncover algorithm which may solve human intelligence

If we have the algorithm, we also have the key to true artificial intelligence.<p>The key element which separates today's artificial intelligence (AI) …

War in space: Kamikazes, kidnapper satellites and lasers

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> It was May 2014 when a small team of American airmen monitoring a Russian satellite launch saw something they had never seen before. An object the team thought was a piece of debris from the launch suddenly came to life.<p>"The one object that we assumed was a piece of debris …

Military

The strange psychology of stress and burnout

You shouldn’t underestimate the positive power of having a degree of stress in your life. Identifying the tipping point, where stress turns to burnout, is the key.<p>As a neonatal nurse, Jennifer Welker learned to thrive under stress.<p>Rather than allowing the pain of handling a sick infant to affect …

Psychology

How the killing of three elderly nuns set the country’s leading human rights activist on a collision course with its most powerful general<p>On a Sunday afternoon in early September 2014, Sister Bernadetta Boggian drove into the compound of the Catholic convent where she lived in Bujumbura, the …

Africa

6 Myths About Suicide That Every Educator And Parent Should Know

There's a perception that children don't kill themselves, but that's just not true. A new report shows that, for the first time, suicide rates for U.S. middle school students have surpassed the rate of death by car crashes.<p>The suicide rate among youngsters ages 10 to 14 has been steadily rising, …

Mental Health

Nanobionic spinach plants can detect explosives

Spinach is no longer just a superfood: By embedding leaves with carbon nanotubes, MIT engineers have transformed spinach plants into sensors that can …

How ‘Shock Therapy’ Is Saving Some Children With Autism

Electroconvulsive therapy is far more beneficial—and banal—than its torturous reputation suggests.<p>For a boy who needs routine, this day is off to a bad start. It’s early, just before 8 a.m., and unseasonably warm for June. Kyle, 17, has been up since 6:20 a.m., which isn’t all that unusual. But …

Autism

Jeffrey Karp is at the forefront of a new generation of scientists using nature’s blueprints to create breakthrough medical technologies. Can bioinspiration help to solve some of humanity’s most urgent problems?<p>In the summer of 2005, Jeffrey Karp, a bioengineer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) …

New York University

Can Mental Illness Be Prevented In The Womb?

Every day in the United States, millions of expectant mothers take a prenatal vitamin on the advice of their doctor.<p>The counsel typically comes with physical health in mind: folic acid to help avoid fetal spinal cord problems; iodine to spur healthy brain development; calcium to be bound like …

Pregnancy

What would happen if the world suddenly went vegetarian?

Eliminating meat from our diets would bring a bounty of benefits to both our own health and the planet’s – but it could also harm millions of people.<p>People become vegetarians for a variety of reasons. Some do it to alleviate animal suffering, others because they want to pursue a healthier …

Agriculture

The Age Of The Superbug Is Already Here

The U.N. is convening a landmark meeting this week on antibiotic resistance, but scientists are concerned the action may be too late.<p>When the United Nations General Assembly convenes a high-level meeting about a health issue, it’s clear there’s a crisis that requires our immediate attention. And …

What It Feels Like to Die

Science is just beginning to understand the experience of life’s end.<p>“Do you want to know what will happen as your body starts shutting down?”<p>My mother and I sat across from the hospice nurse in my parents’ Colorado home. It was 2005, and my mother had reached the end of treatments for metastatic …

Consciousness

Before Apple And Facebook, There Was Something More Revolutionary

It's easy to think that the modern era in communication began in the 1990s with the birth of the Internet.<p>But we actually have to go back further — to 1895 and the discovery that intelligible signals could travel through the "air" without a wired connection.<p>A hundred years before Facebook and …

Putting a computer in your brain is no longer science fiction

VENICE BEACH, Calif. — Like many in Silicon Valley, technology entrepreneur Bryan Johnson sees a future in which intelligent machines can do things like drive cars on their own and anticipate our needs before we ask.<p>What’s uncommon is how Johnson wants to respond: find a way to supercharge the …

How Do Our Brains Process Another Person's Gaze?

<i>How do we know when someone is looking at us? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Paul King, Computational Neuroscientist, on Quora.</b><p>There are several things going on when you see someone …

Scientists find new antibiotic in the human nose

Scientists have discovered a bacterium living inside the human nose that produces an antibiotic capable of killing one of the most hard-to-treat pathogens — a pathogen that causes serious, even deadly skin and wound infections, bloodstream infections and pneumonia.<p>German researchers found that this …

Medicine

Pokemon Go's mental health benefits are real

Dr. John Grohol is an expert in technology's impact on human behavior and mental health, and for the past 20 years he's studied how people operate online. He's the founder of mental health network <i>Psych Central</i>, and he knows all about the latest tools aimed at helping people deal with anxiety, …

Mental Health

'Pronoia' and other emotions you never knew you had

In recent years, neuroscience has introduced a new way of thinking about our emotions. The scientists behind the latest brain-imaging studies say they can now pinpoint with precision where these feelings are located within our heads. In 2013, for instance, a team of psychologists published a study …

University of London

The people who can’t stop eating dirt

The practice of geophagy – eating earth – is surprisingly common, and while in some parts of the world it is regarded as an eating disorder, in others it is actively encouraged. But why would people want to eat something that’s literally dirty?<p>Sheila was a child in Cameroon when she first got …

Digestion

To Increase Well-Being, Train Your Brain

<i>by Mimi O' Connor</i><p>The tired cliché that claims, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks" is being effectively laid to rest once and for all. The integration of contemporary science and ancient contemplative practices is proving that, regardless of age, we are capable of altering our bodies and our …

New Genetic Engineering Method Called Promising — And Perilous

A powerful new technique for changing genes in insects, animals and plants holds great promise, according to a report from an influential panel of scientists released Wednesday. But the group also says it's potentially very dangerous.<p>As such, the report from the National Academies of Sciences, …

These colleges have the most reports of rape

Nearly 100 colleges and universities had at least 10 reports of rape on their main campuses in 2014, according to federal campus safety data, with Brown University and the University of Connecticut tied for the highest annual total — 43 each.<p>The data reflect what victim advocates say is a positive …

College & University

Suzanne Corkin, who studied the mind of a man with no memory, dies at 79

In 1953, a surgeon in Hartford, Conn., was searching for a way to ease the debilitating epileptic seizures of one of his patients, a young man named Henry Molaison. The surgeon, William Beecher Scoville, extracted two finger-sized portions from the temporal lobe on each side of the brain.<p>The …

10 Easy & Elegant Recipes For Your Passover Seder

The Passover seder is a festive occasion for family and friends. And, of course, food is at the center of the celebration. From Chicken Matzo Ball Soup to Double Chocolate Pavlova, all of these recipes will make for a beautiful and delicious seder meal.<p><b>1. Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls</b><p>Making chicken …