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Studies show that loss of sleep can lead to memory loss, compromised immunity, weight gain, and mood swings. However, scientists are now finding that sleep deprivation may be used to treat depression. Losing sleep has the opposite effect on those struggling with depression. It restores the circadian rhythm that is usually flat in depressed people and it helps balance the parts of the brain that regulate mood. Unfortunately, the positive effects are immediately reversed when the patient goes to sleep. However, when combined with a lithium supplement and light therapy, lasting improvements can be achieved.

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Robotics
Disney Gives Humanoid Robot a “Lifelike” Gaze
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Robotics
Disney Gives Humanoid Robot a “Lifelike” Gaze
To escape the uncanny valley, Disney created a humanoid robot that mimics the minor eye and head movements people make during interactions.

To escape the uncanny valley, Disney created a humanoid robot that mimics the minor eye and head movements people make during interactions.

AI & Ethics
"Moral Machine" Picks Up On Human Ethics
Moral Machine
AI & Ethics
"Moral Machine" Picks Up On Human Ethics
By feeding an AI a diet of books, news articles, and religious texts, researchers were able to create a “moral machine” reflecting the ethics of a society.

By feeding an AI a diet of books, news articles, and religious texts, researchers were able to create a “moral machine” reflecting the ethics of a society.

Prosthetics
How a Paralympic Swimmer Helps Advance AI Bionic Limbs
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Prosthetics
How a Paralympic Swimmer Helps Advance AI Bionic Limbs
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Morgan Stickney shares about her experimental Ewing amputations and training for the 2024 Paralympics.

AI & Privacy
Hey Alexa, Quit Eavesdropping!
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AI & Privacy
Hey Alexa, Quit Eavesdropping!
Researchers at the University of Chicago have developed an ultrasonic audio jammer that doubles as a fashion accessory.

Researchers at the University of Chicago have developed an ultrasonic audio jammer that doubles as a fashion accessory.

Superhuman
These Gloves Can Teach You to Play the Piano. And Maybe Heal Your Brain.
These Gloves Can Teach You to Play the Piano. And Maybe Heal Your Brain.
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Superhuman
These Gloves Can Teach You to Play the Piano. And Maybe Heal Your Brain.
Through "passive haptic learning", these gloves can teach you how to play the piano in an hour. Braille in four hours. Now researchers want to see if victims of traumatic brain injuries can use these gloves to re-learn critical skills.
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Send Messages and Use Apps Without the Internet
Send Messages and Use Apps Without the Internet
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