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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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Gates Foundation Funds At-Home Coronavirus Testing Project
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Public Health
Gates Foundation Funds At-Home Coronavirus Testing Project
The Gates Foundation is funding an at-home coronavirus testing project in Seattle, with the goal of testing thousands of people for COVID-19 daily.

The Gates Foundation is funding an at-home coronavirus testing project in Seattle, with the goal of testing thousands of people for COVID-19 daily.

Women Leaders
Female Scientists Were Written out of History Books. Margaret Rossiter Changed That.
Female Scientists Were Written out of History Books. Margaret Rossiter Changed That.
Women Leaders
Female Scientists Were Written out of History Books. Margaret Rossiter Changed That.
Margaret Rossiter has made it her lifework to spotlight female scientists who were written out of history books through systematic censorship. Read our Q&A with this groundbreaking historian.

Margaret Rossiter has made it her lifework to spotlight female scientists who were written out of history books through systematic censorship. Read our Q&A with this groundbreaking historian.

Dispatches
Brains Store Memories in a Temporary "Cache" (and We Can Read It)
What Part of the Brain Stores Memory?
Dispatches
Brains Store Memories in a Temporary "Cache" (and We Can Read It)
Like the day’s newspaper, the brain has a temporary way to keep track of events.
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Like the day’s newspaper, the brain has a temporary way to keep track of events.

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Study Shows Schizophrenia Begins in the Womb, Unraveling a Genetic Mystery
Study Shows Schizophrenia Begins in the Womb, Unraveling a Genetic Mystery
Dispatches
Study Shows Schizophrenia Begins in the Womb, Unraveling a Genetic Mystery
Half of genes linked to schizophrenia are primarily involved in the placenta, not the brain.

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Superhuman
Can Genetically Modified Pigs Be the Key to Treating Rare Diseases?
Can Genetically Modified Pigs Be the Key to Treating Rare Diseases?
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Superhuman
Can Genetically Modified Pigs Be the Key to Treating Rare Diseases?
When it comes to rare diseases, doctors often don’t have enough patients to determine the effectiveness of various treatments. Now, scientists are breeding pigs with the same genetic code as people with a disease in order to create a pool of test "patients" unlike any before.
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There are thousands of diseases known to modern medicine without any cure or treatment. Many are too rare to get much attention from doctors, governments, or drug companies. But the gene editing tool CRISPR is offering hope for people with rare and hard to study diseases, like the genetic disease known as NF1. There are tens of thousands of Americans with this tumor-causing nerve disease, but because it has over 4,000...

Why Researchers Built a Robot Snake
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When building robots, scientists often struggle to perfect the robot's movements. They turn to the natural world in order to solve this problem, finding inspiration from animals such as spiders, dogs, and even humans. However, studies show that even though we live in a world that is largely built for humans, robots that appear to be too "human-like" make people uneasy. Thus, researchers at Carnegie Melon developed a...

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Freezing Bodies for the Future
Freezing Bodies for the Future
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On The Fringe
Freezing Bodies for the Future
Alcor CEO Max More knows most people don't believe cryonics will work. But More thinks we can't afford not to try.
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In a lab in Arizona, dozens of bodies sit preserved at 320 degrees below zero. They each paid $200,000 to be frozen on the hope that, one day, medicine will advance far enough to once again bring them back from the dead. While many may scoff at the idea, supporters feel taking a bet on a long shot is better than the alternative.

This Computer Can Write 2,000 Snarky Articles Per Second
This Computer Can Write 2,000 Snarky Articles Per Second
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What does it mean for the future of journalism when a computer can turn mounds of data into a cohesive narrative?
By Mike Riggs

What does it mean for the future of journalism when a computer can turn mounds of data into a cohesive narrative?

Assistive Tech Doesn't Have to be High Tech
Assistive Tech Doesn't Have to be High Tech
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The story of how 3D printing gave Ryan Hines a chance to regain his independence for $150. And how he's now...
By Mike Riggs

The story of how 3D printing gave Ryan Hines a chance to regain his independence for $150. And how he's now offering the same chance to others.