Ali Taleb

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ABB Conversations > The megatrends are among us, part 1

Technology is redefining what robots CAN do for us. But some big megatrends are redefining what they MUST do for us.<p>In the early 2000s, Google’s …

Mindfulness for People Who Are Too Busy to Meditate

Mindfulness has become almost a buzz-word. But what is it, really? Mindfulness is, quite simply, the skill of being present and aware, moment by moment, regardless of circumstances.<p>For instance, researchers have found that mindfulness can reprogram the brain to be more rational and less emotional. …

Soft Overcomes Hard: Control Your Emotions with Tai Chi | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

One of the deepest teachings of Tai Chi philosophy is to overcome hardness with softness. A classic example of this is water – it is the embodiment …

How to Consistently be a Calm Person Even if The Going Gets Tough | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

How to be a calm person<p><i>There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.</i><i><br>– Willia Cather</i><p><i></i>We have all been through times that have been …

Multiple sclerosis discovery may explain gender gap

<b>A key difference in the brains of male and female MS patients may explain why more women than men get the disease, a study suggests.</b><p>Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in the US found higher levels of protein S1PR2 in tests on the brains of female mice and dead women with MS than …

Scientists hope 2,000-year-old ice holds clues to climate change | Reuters

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Polar scientists who retrieved ice samples from the Antarctic say they are on the verge of unlocking 2,000 years of climate records offering clues to how global warming will affect our future.<p>An international team traveled to Antarctica’s Aurora Basin in a five-week project that …

Let It Be: Using Mindfulness to Overcome Anxiety and Depression

<b>“Perhaps many things inside you have been transformed; perhaps somewhere, someplace deep inside your being, you have undergone important changes</b> …

Depression

How the Neurobridge works

BRAIN IMPLANT<p>Surgeons embed a chip with 96 electrodes in the patient’s brain. The electrodes "read" the commands from the part of the brain that controls hand movement.<p>TRANSMITTER<p>A wire connects the chip to a port, screwed into the skull. The port connects to a cable that carries the information …

Reemergence Of Polio Is A Global Health Risk

After major milestones in polio eradication, the World Health Organization warns that the virus has been regaining ground.<p>As recently as March, the World Health Organization was touting major gains in the battle to eradicate polio: Southeast Asia was deemed polio-free. But meanwhile, in countries …

Public Health

Report: Climate Change Creates Public Health Costs

Melissa Block speaks with Brian Stone, director of the Urban Climate Lab at Georgia Institute of Technology, about the public health effects of climate change.<p>Transcript<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:<p>Chapter nine of the new report is devoted to the serious impact of climate change on human health. Everything …

Virus programmed to unlock and kill cancer - Futurity

Bioengineers have designed a virus that on its own is benign. When it encounters certain enzymes, however, it "unlocks" to kill cancer.

Living organism with 'alien' DNA is created by scientists

Breakthrough in understanding of evolution after scientists modify E.coli bacteria to create organism with unique new DNA structure<p>A living organism with synthetic DNA has been created by scientists in a breakthrough which could change what we know about the evolution of life.<p>The DNA of all life on …

Five out-there energy projects that are moving closer to reality

Advertisement<p>30 Comments<p>Some newer clean energy sources, like solar panels and wind turbines, are becoming mainstream industries, with low prices and …

Where Genes Come From

In today’s <i>New York Times</i>, I’ve written a story about a simple but important question: where do new genes come from?<p>Some four billion years ago, when cellular life emerged, a typical primordial microbe likely had only a small set of genes. Today, however, genes abound. We, for example, have 20,000 …

Outbreaks of disease and war: polio’s history with conflict

Standing in line at the airport security last year, a poster caught my eye. “We are this close to ending polio”, Jackie Chan was saying, showing a small gap with his fingers. You could find Desmond Tutu, Jane Goodall, and Itzhak Perlman doing the same on billboards around the world. There was even …

First life forms to pass on artificial DNA engineered by US scientists

The first living organism to carry and pass down to future generations an expanded genetic code has been created by American scientists, paving the way for a host of new life forms whose cells carry synthetic DNA that looks nothing like the normal genetic code of natural organisms.<p>Researchers say …

How to pitch articles to editors

Freelancing can be soul-destroying. You spend hours coming up with great stories; finding clever, exclusive lines; tracking down interviewees – only for your pitches to disappear into a black hole from which no communication, either positive or negative, ever emerges.<p>The event horizon of the …

Don’t shut the door on the synthetic biology debate

The Inter-Academy Panel, a network of the world’s science academies including our own Royal Society, today issued a statement on synthetic biology. A few years ago, biologists in the higher branches of the Royal Society would claim that SynBio didn't merit attention – it was seen as either …