100,000 Happy Moments

February 6, 2018

What makes people happy? A huge database is making it possible to discern the answer at last

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In Altered Carbon, the body no longer matters. As one character quipped: “You shed it like a snake sheds its skin.” That’s because the human consciousness has been digitized, and can be moved between bodies—both real and synthetic

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Carl Erik Fisher writes, ‘It depends on the type of coercion you use.’

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Creativity is often defined as the ability to come up with new and useful ideas. Like intelligence, it can be considered a trait that everyone – not just creative “geniuses” like Picasso and Steve Jobs – possesses in some capacity

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Breathalyzers and Brain Caps

January 10, 2018

Researchers race to devise a roadside test for driving while high. At Mass. General: Instead of looking for the chemical ghosts of pot on your breath, researchers are using a sensor-studded cap to look for impairment in the brain

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New ‘brain to vehicle’ system taps into a driver’s neurological activity to help ensure control and comfort

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Good scientists are not only able to uncover patterns in the things they study, but to use this information to predict the future

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In recent years, doctors have found convincing evidence that low doses of ketamine, a drug used by doctors and veterinarians for its anesthetic properties and by sensation-seekers for its psychedelic effects, might represent an genuine advance in treating depression. A new study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry suggests that ketamine could also be effective as a fast-acting treatment to prevent suicide

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