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  • "Mini-Brains" Could Revolutionise Drug Studies and Reduce Animal Use
    Source: The GuardianCells grown in petri dishes could allow researchers to observe the effects of drugs on neural activity as well as on the health and function of brain cells. Miniature brains that show electrical activity akin to “a primitive type of thinking” could revolutionise how some drugs are tested and reduce the need for animals in research, according to scientists who have developed the structures. Each ball of human brain cells - in all about the... more...

  • Men Twice As Likely to Appear on British TV As Women
    Source: The GuardianMen are twice as likely to appear on television as women, according to a survey of all main channels in the UK, which also found as many as five sexist incidents an hour are broadcast during prime time. more...

  • "Suicide Prevention App" Trial
    Source: BBC News - HealthAn NHS mental health trust is working with US researchers to develop an app that may stop people from killing themselves. more...

  • Chip Could Bring Deep Learning to Mobile Devices
    Source: ScienceDailyA new chip has been designed specifically to implement neural networks. It is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU, so it could enable mobile devices to run powerful artificial-intelligence algorithms locally, rather than uploading data to the Internet for processing. more...

  • Depression, Addiction Risk Traced to Hidden Neandertal DNA
    Source: Social Psychology Network NewsDNA inherited from our extinct cousins may raise our risk of modern diseases, new research suggests. more...

  • Older and Younger Adults Surf Different Brain Waves
    Source: ScienceDailyCognitive scientists have found more evidence that aging brains work differently than younger brains when performing the same memory task, pointing to a potentially new direction for age-related cognitive care and exploration. more...

  • What Does 50,000 Volts From a Taser Do to Your Brain?
    Source: MSNBC - Health NewsNew research has found that an increasingly popular law enforcement weapon, the Taser stun gun, can create short-term cognitive impairment comparable to dementia. more...

  • Women's Code Approved More Than Men's, But Only If Gender Is Hidden
    Source: The GuardianResearchers find software repository GitHub approved code written by women at a higher rate than code written by men, but only if the gender was not disclosed. more...

  • "Automated Empathy" Allows Doctors to Check on Patients Daily
    Source: CNN - HealthA health care startup made a wild pitch to Cara Waller, CEO of the Newport Orthopedic Institute in Newport Beach. The company said it could get patients more engaged by "automating" physician empathy. more...

  • Out of Shape in Middle Age May Mean a Smaller Brain Later
    Source: Google News - HealthPeople who are out of shape in midlife may end up with smaller brain volume as they age compared to peers who exercise regularly, a according to a U.S. study. more...

  • New U.N. Stamps Promote LGBT Rights
    Source: The GuardianThe United Nations Postal Administration has released six new postage stamps promoting equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The colourful stamps by artist and UNPA art director Sergio Baradat are also meant to celebrate the diversity of the gay community and marks the first time the... more...

  • Architecture of White Supremacy Still Evokes Pain
    Source: ABC News - US NewsPeople across the South are debating whether to preserve the remnants of their Jim Crow history, from segregated waiting rooms to "whites only" water fountains and long-abandoned schools for black children. more...

  • Study Links Education to Lower Risk of Dementia
    Source: Google News - HealthThe risk of developing dementia is decreasing for people with at least a high school education, according to an important new study that suggests that changes in lifestyle and improvements in physical health can help prevent or delay cognitive decline. more...

  • Race Is a Social Construct, Scientists Argue
    Source: Yahoo News - ScienceMore than 100 years ago, American sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois was concerned that race was being used as a biological explanation for what he understood to be social and cultural differences between different populations of people. He spoke out against the idea of "white" and "black" as discrete groups, claiming that these distinctions ignored the scope of human diversity. more...

  • CBT and Antidepressants "Equally Effective" for Major Depression
    Source: Medical News TodayThe ACP compared the effectiveness cognitive behavioral therapy and antidepressants for major depression, finding that the two treatments are just as beneficial. more...

  • Even Young Boys Are Racially Stereotyped, Study Suggests
    Source: Medical News TodayNew research found that people were more likely to associate threatening images and words with faces of young black boys than those of young white boys. more...

  • Social Hormone Promotes Cooperation in Risky Situations
    Source: ScienceDailyA hormone implicated in monogamy and aggression in animals also promotes trust and cooperation in humans in risky situations, researchers say. more...

  • Could Seasonal Depression Be a Myth?
    Source: Google News - HealthA new study cast doubts on the existence of seasonal depression -- a mood disorder linked to reduced sunlight in the winter months. This form of depression -- known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and recognized by the mental health community for nearly 30 years -- "is not supported by objective data," the new study claims. more...

  • Breast-Feeding Boosts Intelligence and Global Growth, Report Concludes
    Source: Science and Development NetworkDitching milk substitutes could generate US$302 billion a year by improving cognition, researchers find. more...

  • New York Moves to Ban "Conversion Therapy"
    Source: CNN - Top StoriesNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday announced regulations to prevent "conversion therapy," a practice aimed at changing an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity, in the Empire State. more...

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