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The case against big data: “It’s like you’re being put into a cult, but you don’t actually believe in it”

Salon talks to Cathy O’Neil, author of “Weapons of Math Destruction,” about formulas that rule our lives<p>If you’ve ever suspected there was something baleful about our deep trust in data, but lacked the mathematical skills to figure out exactly what it was, this is the book for you: Cathy O’Neil’s …

New York City

The red state gay porn habit: Why conservative states like Mississippi and North Carolina lead the nation in same-sex porn consumption

Behind the search stats, the hypocrisy, repression, secrecy and isolation in states with harsh anti-LGBT laws<p>Mississippi and North Carolina recently passed some of the harshest laws in the nation targeting the LGBT community. As statistics from PornHub show, congressmen might be legislating against …

LGBTQI

There’s a huge problem with how we treat depression

She suffered from bipolar disorder, which meant that she cycled between explosions of boundless energy and black holes of suicidal despair.<p>Despair brought her to our unit.<p>Her long chart chronicled how previous psychiatrists had emptied the armory: antidepressants, antipsychotics, anticonvulsants, …

Neuroscience

24 experts tried to explain the mystery of sleep in one sentence

Sleep is a mystery.<p>Scientists acknowledge certain objective features of sleep, but, beyond that, differ in what they see as its essential elements. In defining it, would they emphasize the biological nature of the activity, its purpose or its benefits? Would "sleep" encompass those squishy states …

São Paulo

Baltimore psychologist pioneers team using psychedelics as ‘sacred’ medicine

William Richards, who began studying psychedelics in Germany in 1963, is convinced LSD and psilocybin drugs can transform people’s lives for the better<p>Baltimore is known to many as the heroin capital of the US. If William Richards has anything to do with it, it may also become the nation’s most …

Psychedelia

This man's potentially huge medical breakthrough can't get funding, so he's trying something desperate

Killing Sickness/Skye Gould for Tech Insider<p>Four years ago, Todd Rider was on top of the world. The MIT-trained bioengineer had developed a radical …

Is another human living inside you?

You may think your body and mind are your own. In fact, you are a fusion of many organisms - including, potentially, another person. Words by David Robson, photography by Ariko Inaoka.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year.</i> <i>Browse the full list.</i><p><i>-</i><p>Once …

Genetics

Steve Jobs 'played no role at all' in designing the Apple I or Apple II computers, Woz says

Fourteen-year-old entrepreneur Sarina Khemchandani did just that, scoring an interview with Woz in late August.<p>There was, if you remember, some controversy surrounding how the Ashton Kutcher "Jobs" movie portrayed Jobs' involvement in the design and development of Apple's first products.<p>So …

Apple II

Medicine Is a Battlefield. Here’s How to Stay in the Know

Author: Nick Stockton. Nick Stockton Science<p>Date of Publication: 07.03.15.<p>Time of Publication: 7:00 am. 7:00 am<p>Science, it’s been said, is a …

Homeopathy is for suckers: What the medicine industry doesn’t want you to know

A new study out of Australia confirms what many doctors and skeptics have long suspected<p>Not too long ago, homeopathic formulas were only sold in health food stores. You might have seen them: Little blue vials with tiny little pills in them. You might have thought good things come in small packages. …

Alternative Medicine

The 9 craziest claims of anti-vaxxers

Jenny McCarthy and her army of disbelievers would have you think that measles are harmless and so much worse<p>The measles outbreak and recent statements by politicians like Rand Paul and Chris Christie have reignited the debate on childhood vaccinations. However, there is very little to debate; …

Public Health

We’re finally getting serious about mandating vaccines

<b>(sergei telegin via Shutterstock)</b><p>Will the measles outbreak spell the end of “personal exemptions”?<p>Mary Elizabeth Williams<p>February 5, 2015 3:25pm (UTC)<p>I think it's safe to say that we've indulged the anti-vax crowd long enough. Now that we've done a bang-up job bringing measles – a potentially …

Public Health

Scientists 3D print cartilage to repair damaged windpipes

Believe it or not, scientists aren't yet finished discovering new ways to 3D print body parts. A team at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research has developed a 3D printing technique that lets them produce cartilage for repairing damaged tracheas, better known to you and I as windpipes. They …

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The organizations will jointly support hospitals in Alaska, Idaho and Washington.<p>Patients with chronic kidney and heart conditions have little …

15 Insanely Great Tricks to Master Apple's iOS 8

So, you just downloaded iOS 8. Looks pretty familiar, right? Certainly, last year's switch from iOS 6 to iOS 7 — which saw Apple ditch the iPhone's …

How to get ready for an iOS 8 upgrade the right way

Whether you’re getting a new iPhone or not, chances are you’ll want to upgrade to iOS 8 to take advantage of all it has to offer.<p>Exciting, isn’t it? A whole new operating system, ready to revolutionize your mobile life.<p>There are a few things you should do before upgrading to iOS 8, though. First …

Fantasy keynote shows how Steve Jobs would have sold us on Apple Watch

Apple fans will never revel in the glory of another Stevenote. But an essay that imagines how Steve Jobs would have introduced the Apple Watch just might be the next best thing.<p>Lesson No. 1: He wouldn’t have called it the “Apple Watch.”<p>The brilliant essay, written by Jong-Moon Kim and simply titled …

Science explains your brain on coffee — and if it’s possible to overdose

This helpful video explains why you are chemically dependent on caffeine<p>You've probably heard some variation of the phrase, "I can't think without my morning coffee." Worse yet, you might actually be unable to function without that caffeine boost.<p>But what about coffee -- and caffeine -- makes you …

MobiPast new free monitoring app for iPhone [Sponsored post]

<i>This post is brought to you by MobiPast.</i><p>Nowadays more and more kids are asking for an iPhone, maybe yours as well. But are you worried about their receiving nuisance calls, bullying, contact from strangers, endless spam and trolls? These commonplace tricksters can soon rack up a huge phone bill — …

Apps

When your Mac runs slow, give it a tuneup

Macs are solid machines, but just like their owners they have a tendency to get lethargic as they age. Launching and switching programs takes longer, simple tasks become arduous, and the dreaded beach ball of doom appears more often than it did when your machine was new. The operating system just …

Doctors can be fat-shamers too

<b>(lenetstan via Shutterstock)</b><p>A troubling Washington Post essay reminds us medicine is not a moralizing stick with which to beat our patients<p>SAYANTANI DASGUPTA<p>March 24, 2014 12:00am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on The Weeklings.<p><i>The patient is large. Very large. At more than 600 pounds, he is</i> …

Congenital Heart Defects: Video Animations

If you’re a parent of a child with a congenital heart defect (CHD), explaining your child’s condition to your friends and family members can be …

Researchers develop smartglasses that help surgeons see cancerous cells

If you think cancer removal surgery is but a one-time procedure, you'd be wrong. Doctors don't always cut out all affected tissues in one go, but a new pair of high-tech eyewear could help make that happen. The device, developed by a Washington University research team led by Samuel Achilefu, can …

Lights Out: A New Reckoning for Brain Death

“Brain death” was introduced to the world, in 1968, by a committee at Harvard Medical School. “Responsible medical opinion,” the committee reported, “is ready to adopt new criteria for pronouncing death to have occurred in an individual sustaining irreversible coma as a result of permanent brain …

Growing up unvaccinated: A healthy lifestyle couldn’t prevent many childhood illnesses.

I am the ’70s child of a health nut. I wasn’t vaccinated. I was brought up on an incredibly healthy diet: no sugar till I was 1, breastfed for over a …

Some of Our Fave D Conference Videos Before AllThingsD Signs Off in 3 … 2 … 1 …

Before we end our reign of terror, <i>oops</i>, tech at <b>AllThingsD</b>, I wanted to post a few of my favorite videos from <b>D: All Things Digital</b> conferences that we …

Bill Gates

This Week In Cult Of Mac Magazine: Shaping Up Your iFitness Routine

Cult of Mac Magazine wants to help you get it together in 2014: you are probably already using your iPhone, iPad and Mac to track the bejesus out of your habits, right? We’re calling it iFitness (*yeah, I know!) because Apple devices have kickstarted a new way of thinking about and monitoring …

New Macbook? Here Are Some Non-Obvious Trackpad Gestures You May Not Know About [OS X Tips]

I’ve let friends borrow my Macbook when they come over to my place from time to time, and I’m still surprised by the way they don’t “get” the trackpad. Some of them look for the button to click, some want to know how to right click, and still others move the mouse cursor way over to the scroll bar …