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How to Treat Depression When Psychiatrists Are Scarce | WIRED

Mental health doesn’t even rate a mention in most policymakers’ lists of global health priorities. But mental illness and substance abuse disorders …

Could we harness power from black holes?

It might seem like an absurd idea, but physicists have long pondered whether black holes could one day be tapped for energy, says Phil Ball. But how possible is it?<p>Imagine the scene: highly advanced civilisations get enormous amounts of energy from black holes, be it extracting it from collapsed …

Black Holes

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Memory champion forgets Paxman's name: don't make the same mistake

The new World Memory Champion managed to forget the Newsnight presenter's name. Here are a few tips to help you avoid the same fate<p>When Jonas von Essen, the new World Memory Champion, appeared before Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight yesterday, he was tasked with demonstrating his formidable skills by …

Why 'Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag' May Be The Best Video Game Of 2013

First things first, I haven’t made up my mind yet when it comes to handing out my much-coveted Game of the Year award.<p>But I’ve been mulling over the many great games I played this year, and one keeps rearing its skull-and-bones-adorned banner: <i>Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag</i>.<p>I’m surprised by this. …

Can Arsene Wenger Get the Best out of Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla for Arsenal?

Regardless of how good they happen to be, it is not always the easiest thing in the world to fit two similar players into the same team. Anyone who has watched England over the last 10 years could tell you that.<p>Since Santi Cazorla returned to the Arsenal fold, there can be no denying that the form …

COD dog gets next-gen fur on PC

Like he just stepped out of the salon: Colin, the dog in Call of Duty: Ghosts, has been patched on PC to receive Nvidia's next-gen fur.<p>The fur, which …

Command & Conquer Renegade done right

A first-person Command & Conquer game: it sounded like a good idea at the turn of the millennium, but the tripe that EA and Westwood turned out - …

Where's The Best Of What's New?

<b>We're still adapting our Best of What's New pages from prior to 2014--thanks for your patience!</b><p><b>Until then, take a look at our 2014 BOWN winners.</b>

Orion the Hunter now easy to view

Tonight, watch for Orion the Hunter – perhaps the easiest-to-identify of all constellations – rising at mid-evening. It’s around late November and …

High sodium levels in drugs 'putting patients at risk'

Researchers have called on manufacturers provide clearer labelling of the salt content of medicines after they found that millions of people taking soluble aspirin, paracetemol, vitamin C and other drugs were at greater risk of heart attacks and strokes when there were high levels of sodium in the …

Comet Ison to light up morning skies in the run-up to Christmas

If it survives an encounter with the sun this week, comet Ison will put on an impressive early morning display in the run-up to Christmas. But anyone hoping for a Bethlehem-style celestial sign on the big day will be disappointed. By then the comet will probably be too faint to see with a naked eye.<p>…

UK's first digital autopsy centre opens in Sheffield

3D software and scanner to take the place of scalpel at £3m postmortem facility, first of 18 planned for England and Wales<p>The UK's first dedicated digital autopsy centre opens in Sheffield on Wednesday, heralding a potential revolution in the way postmortems are conducted.<p>Three-dimensional …

How Scientists Could Watch Brain Chemicals Through The Skull

One team is trying to develop a non-invasive way of tracking neurotransmitters as they move through a living brain.<p>Researchers have discovered a way to see chemicals at work behind bone. In the future, they hope to develop their technique as a way of watching chemical messages as they blip through …

Neurophilosophy

Drug use, decision-making and the blunders of Rob Ford

The embattled mayor of Toronto's bad decision-making has all the signs of problem drug and alcohol use, though it could just be incompetence<p>Toronto mayor Rob Ford has had a rough couple of months. He has recently confessed to using crack cocaine "in a drunken stupor", been caught on video making …

Sky

Fiery drama of star birth and death in Large Magellanic Cloud

Places where hot new stars are born and die – and sculpt their surroundings into odd shapes – in the dwarf galaxy orbiting our own Milky Way.<p>The …

Can Red Wine Really Heal Cancer And Prolong Your Life?

Well, how much can you drink? (It better be a lot.)<p>The health benefits of resveratrol, a compound found in the skin of grapes (and thus in red wine), have long been known. Studies have indicated that it serves as an antioxidant, that it has anti-tumor properties, that it can help you live longer, …

Wine

Battlefield 4: Second Assault review

After a launch that can only be described as patchy - in every sense - Battlefield 4's online service is slowly starting to find its feet. There's …

'Need for Speed: Rivals' Review: The Thin Blue Line

<i>“If everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough.”</i><p><i>― Mario Andretti</i><p>The world of video game automotive racing has two camps. One is made up of the likes of Forza and Gran Turismo, where the graphics are so real you may accidentally try to stroke your television thinking you’ll touch …