‘Gene map for depression’ sparks hopes of new generation of treatments

A 200-strong team of researchers from across the globe have mapped the genetic variants that increase the risk of depression Scientists have raised hopes for more effective treatments for depression, a condition that affects over 300 million people globally, after mapping out the genetic foundations of the mental disorder in…

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‘There is no such thing as past or future’: physicist Carlo Rovelli on changing how we think about time

Carlo Rovelli tells Charlotte Higgins about his days as a student revolutionary and how his quantum leap began with an acid trip What do we know about time? Language tells us that it passes, it moves like a great river, inexorably dragging us with it, and, in the end, washes…

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This revolution in our understanding of depression will be life-transforming | Edward Bullmore

The discovery of genes that are linked to the crippling condition throws up exciting new possibilities for its successful treatment Depression runs in families, we know. But it is only very recently, and after considerable controversy and frustration, that we are beginning to know how and why. The major scientific…

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Multicellular Life Began A BILLION Years Earlier Than Thought

Complex life on Earth may have started at least a billion years earlier than thought, and now new evidence that seems to back this up further has been revealed. Dating to 1.6 billion years old, a fossil found in Gaoyuzhuang, China, seems to show a small piece of seaweed. Except…

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In the NYC enterprise startup scene, security is job one

While most people probably would not think of New York as a hotbed for enterprise startups of any kind, it is actually quite active. When you stop to consider that the world’s biggest banks and financial services companies are located there, it would certainly make sense for security startups to…

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Half Of All Coral In The Northern Great Barrier Reef Has Died Since 2016, And It’s Unlikely To Ever Recover

In the aftermath of a “catastrophic” marine heatwave, the Great Barrier Reef lost as much as half of its coral in some areas. Now, scientists say it’s unlikely to recover.   The report, which is published in Nature, mapped the impact of the 2016 heatwave along the 2,300-kilometer (1,429-foot) reef,…

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Catalyst brothers find capital success with $2.4M from True

Over the past few years, the old language of “customer support” has been supplanted by the new language of “customer success.” In the old model, companies would essentially disappear following the conclusion of a sale, merely handling customer problems when they arose. Now, companies are actively reaching out to customers,…

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Humans were in Philippines thousands of years before previously thought

(CNN)About 709,000 years ago, someone butchered a rhinoceros using stone tools on the Philippine island of Luzon. That may not seem remarkable — except that humans weren’t supposed to be in the Philippines so long ago. Research says that the new findings push back the date for humans inhabiting the…

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Scientists Have Kept Brains Alive Outside The Body For The First Time

For the first time, scientists were able to keep the brains of pigs alive after the animals had been decapitated. The team managed to reanimate the organs by restoring circulation. In doing so, they showed that billions of individual cells were still healthy and capable of normal activity for up to…

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