Category Archives: Science & Technology

Smart bricks will give homes and offices their own “digestive systems”

We are used to science and technology coming up with solutions to environmental challenges like air pollution, clean energy development or waste water treatment, but combine science with the liberal arts and you get buildings whose very building blocks form a structure that is smart and functional. What is the result? We’re talking ‘smart’ bricks…

Scientists reverse brain damage in drowned U.S. toddler using oxygen therapy

Few incidents are as harrowing as finding a child floating in a pool. Your brain instantly flashes two possibilities: death, and if not death, then permanent brain damage. This dreaded prognosis was averted for 2-year-old Eden Carson from Lafayette who spent 15 minutes submerged in the family swimming pool. An experimental procedure not approved by…

Elon Musk has warned that artificial intelligence may be humanity’s greatest threat

On 15 July 2017 Elon Musk officially sounded the Artificial Intelligence alarm. Musk was the keynote speaker at the National Governors Association (NGA) 2017 Summer Meeting. In a conversation at the meeting posted on YouTube that covered future multi-planetary travel, autonomous driving cars in boring tunnels, Musk once again took the opportunity to voice his…

Addiction is now defined as a brain disorder, not a behavior problem

Addiction is a chronic brain disease (or is it?) When experts bring out a new definition, an explanation supported by scientific research, reality is redefined. We all feel relieved that the problem is now better understood and will finally be handled appropriately. Except, when I learned that addiction is being treated as a disease, I…

Deep learning is going to teach everyone the lesson of our lives: jobs are for machines

In May this year Google’s AlphaGo AI defeated the world’s best Go player. Go is an ultra-complex strategy game invented in China 2500 years ago. Did you catch your breath when you heard the news? Did your heart skip a few beats? If not, you didn’t comprehend the magnitude of the announcement. Let me explain.…

The ancient Japanese technique that will boost your mood and help you relieve stress

What’s the secret to boosting your mood and making you feel good?  It’s not an easy question to answer.  Some people say it’s hanging out with positive people. Others say it’s watching motivational speeches. But the ancient Japanese used a different method. The best bit? Research studies have recently found that this technique improves short-term…

A psychologist reveals the most common reason relationships fail

Why do most relationships fail? It’s not an easy question to answer. Some people complain that there were “too many differences”. Others say that “we argued too much”. But clincal psychologist Joseph Burgo says that reasons like this aren’t technically correct. He says there’s something underlying everything that’s causing these problems in the first place.…