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30 January, 2019 (03:26)

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An intriguing article by B David Zarley at The Verge about using machine learning to potentially diagnose mental illness. Interesting to note those challenges common to machine learning and those unique to mental health diagnosis and the interaction between them.

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27 December, 2018 (03:03)

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What happens when copper interacts with magnets? Magic. Well, science that I don’t understand but would have made 10 year old me thrilled to experiment with. I’ll just have to settle for watching the video though.

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24 December, 2018 (05:42)

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Amazing to consider how long ideas such as linear motors and magnetic levitation have been around. This video shot in 1975 by Eric Laithwaite is a smooth and natural example of teaching and showmanship that feels so rare today. Also: The man can seriously catch!

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16 December, 2018 (01:09)

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I am constantly surprised by how easily human nature leads us to accept the opinions and evidence of self-proclaimed ‘experts’. It seems like a failure of the system though when judges with the ability to scrutinise and dismiss poor evidence, instead accept it without challenge.

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07 April, 2018 (12:44)

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New research indicates that living with untreated major depressive disorder over the course of 10-years or more can have neurodegenerative effects, similar to those seen in Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. Great to see links being made between neuroscience and psychology.

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01 April, 2018 (02:22)

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NPR ran a story based on a recent article published in The Lancet, about a drug that can make human blood fatal to mosquitos for up to a month after ingestion. As satisfying as that would be, I’m holding out for a drug that prevents mosquitos biting me in the first place.

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14 March, 2018 (10:39)

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Fascinating discoveries reported by Livescience around changes in human DNA, resulting from long-term exposure to the stresses of space. Seven percent of Scott Kelly’s DNA was altered after 340 days in space, changes that may be persistent. Long-term effects yet to be studied.

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