Electroconvulsive Therapy: A History of Controversy, But Also of Help

Jonathan Sadowsky, Case Western Reserve University

Carrie Fisher’s ashes are in an urn designed to look like a Prozac pill. It’s fitting that in death she continues to be both brash and wryly funny about a treatment for depression.

The public grief over Carrie Fisher’s death was not only for an actress who played one of the most iconic roles in film history. It was also for one who spoke with wit and courage about her struggle with mental illness. In a way, the fearless General Leia Organa on screen was not much of an act.

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Biohybrid Robots Built From Living Tissue Start To Take Shape

Victoria Webster, Case Western Reserve University

Think of a traditional robot and you probably imagine something made from metal and plastic. Such “nuts-and-bolts” robots are made of hard materials. As robots take on more roles beyond the lab, such rigid systems can present safety risks to the people they interact with. For example, if an industrial robot swings into a person, there is the risk of bruises or bone damage.

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Finding Trust & Understanding In Autonomous Technologies

David Danks, Carnegie Mellon University

In 2016, self-driving cars went mainstream. Uber’s autonomous vehicles became ubiquitous in neighborhoods where I live in Pittsburgh, and briefly in San Francisco. The U.S. Department of Transportation issued new regulatory guidance for them. Countless papers and columns discussed how self-driving cars should solve ethical quandaries when things go wrong. And, unfortunately, 2016 also saw the first fatality involving an autonomous vehicle.

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Antihydrogen Spectrum Indistinguishable From That Of Hydrogen


It's a new, impressive experiment, but the results are exactly what we expected.

One of the persistent mysteries about our Universe is the extreme imbalance between matter and antimatter. Antimatter and matter were both generated during the Big Bang, but the Universe is now dominated by ordinary matter, and we don't know why that should be the case. To solve that mystery, an obvious place to look for clues would be in antimatter itself. If researchers could find something different about antimatter’s behavior, it might hint at an explanation for the extreme disparity.

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Australian Aboriginals May Have Bred with Mysterious, Previously Unknown Human Lineage

Researchers have just stumbled on a new, mysterious branch of humanity that was previously unknown. By examining models which heretofore assumed that all the world was populated by a lineage of humans coming out of Africa in a mass exodus, scientists from Harvard learned that not only did a wave of migrations likely happen instead, but that some of the oldest races on the planet have an unusual DNA makeup. These findings suggest that an entirely different branch of humans once lived on planet earth.

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2 New Studies Prove Magic Mushrooms Can Help Cancer Patients

Scientists have already proven that a ‘trip’ which comes from the active compounds in magic mushrooms, namely psilocybin, are responsible for creating a hyper-connected brain, but two recent clinical trials have also provided some good news for cancer patients.

It turns out a little psychedelic mushroom high can greatly decrease anxiety and depression in those facing this life-threatening disease.


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Scientists Say New Genetically Modified Wheat Silences DNA Sequences in the Human Body

By: Natasha Longo, Wake Up World, Guest Contributor

Australian researchers have revealed serious issues over a new kind of genetically engineered wheat that could induce major health threats for people that consume it.

University of Canterbury Professor Jack Heinemann announced the outcomes of his genetic study into the wheat, a kind engineered by Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), at a conference last month.

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