The Tunnel Problem

July 22, 2015

Driverless or autonomous cars will almost certainly be commonplace quite soon. Imagine you are sitting in such a car, approaching a tunnel on a single-lane mountain road. A child wanders into the middle of the road, blocking the entrance to the tunnel. How should such cars be programmed to react? Keep going and kill the child; or to swerve aside into the tunnel wall and kill the driver

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Some two-thirds of the five million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease are women, in part because women live longer. Researchers have searched in vain for decades to determine other reasons for the disparity

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Two sting videos that claim to implicate Planned Parenthood in the illegal practice to selling fetal tissue for a profit prompted a Congressional investigation of the organization. But it doesn’t mean that research on fetal tissue is wrong. Or that it should be stopped. With comments from our Debra Mathews

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The tragic culmination of their encounter is not disputed: Mr. Stone drew his gun and shot Mr. Bird, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. Mr. Bird’s insurance company declined to cover his medical bills. The reason? His injuries resulted from “illegal activity.” Yet Mr. Bird was not convicted of any crime in connection with the incident. He was not even charged.

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Bring Back the Asylum?

July 21, 2015

A critical analysis of the call for a “return to ‘modern’ institutionalization methods”

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Surgery involving robots is far from perfect, according to a new study of death rates during medical procedures involving robotic equipment and techniques

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Identifying Alzheimer’s well before symptoms appear may become easier with a saliva test

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Advocates believe that legal use of marijuana as medical treatments has allowed many with intractable medical problems to receive a safe and effective therapy. Opponents argue that these benefits are overblown, and that advocates ignore the harms of marijuana. Mostly, opponents say that the real objective of medical marijuana is to make it easier for people to obtain it for recreational purposes

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