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Building a bionic spine | Ars Technica

Using a stentrode device, researchers want people to control robotic limbs via thought.<p>Australian neurologist Tom Oxley was on vacation in the US in …

Intellectual Property

Brexit: Scottish independence 'simplest EU option'

<b>Independence would be the "simplest and most obvious way" for Scotland to remain in the EU, MSPs have heard.</b><p>The European and External Affairs Committee heard evidence from four experts on the possible options for Scotland in Europe.<p>There was broad consensus among the experts that it would be …

United Kingdom

These Grisly 19th-Century Medical Drawings Will Horrify You

While modern-day surgery carries risks, it's nothing compared to the agony of going under the knife before the advent of anesthesia in 1846, when John Collins Warren performed the first successful operation using ether gas as an anesthetic at Massachusetts General Hospital.<p>Pre-anesthesia, surgery …

Medicine

13 freaky plants that will make you scared to go outside

Nature is terrifying. Spiders, earthquakes, bears, hurricanes, and sharks all provide ample fodder for our nightmares.<p>But botanical life rarely gets …

Autism: how new therapies are beating the condition

Massachusetts General Hospital has found that a chemical in broccoli may help the symptoms of autism. But it is just one of several developments which are helping people struggling with the condition<p><b>Animal therapy</b><p>Many parents of children with autism have noticed that their children respond better …

Broccoli chemical may improve autism symptoms

Massachusetts General Hospital found that young adults and teens with autism reported fewer symptoms when taking sulforaphane, a chemical found in broccoli<p>A chemical found in broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage may improve some symptoms of autism, a new study has found.<p>Autistic teenagers and young …

Is autism like a magic show that won't end?

The brain is a biological machine that makes predictions. But what happens when a wrench is thrown in the works, and jams up the ability to foresee the trajectory of a moving object, or what happens after a frown?<p>Researchers at MIT believe such a wrench lies at the core of autism, a disorder with …

Autism diagnosis 'catches up' for kids in Tanzania - Futurity

To diagnose autism in Tanzania, researchers adapted techniques used in the United States so they were culturally relevant to children and their …

Autism

Study: Autism signs in babies can be erased

A new pilot study suggests that signs of autism symptoms can be erased if babies begin therapy even before they can toddle.<p>Researchers have long taken the "earlier the better" approach to treatment, but this tiny study – in just seven children – is the first to look at starting therapy in the first …

Risk of inheriting autism stems from common genes - Futurity

Most of the genetic risk for autism comes from common genes, not from rare variants or misfires, a new analysis suggests.

Autism