Category Archives: Technology

Snap Out of It: An Electrical Implant to Treat Severe Depression

“Just snap out of it.”  This advice is an all-too-common attempt to help people with depression that, despite being well-intentioned, usually leaves everyone involved frustrated when it doesn’t work. Depression isn’t something you can just ‘snap out of’ – it’s an incredibly complex illness with a myriad of genetic and environmental causes, and so it’s no surprise that treatment takes a

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How to Make Drugs – Without Patents Getting in Your Way

Some of the most closely guarded secrets in the world are also some of the most important. The formulas and synthesis methods for a variety of crucial medications are patented due to the billions of dollars companies make off of them. As prices of prescription medications skyrocket, stories abound of pill-cutting and other tactics to cope with inability to afford

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Menace or Miracle: The dawn of quantum computing

  You trust the encryption systems that your bank uses to secure your accounts and that your doctor uses to keep your medical records confidential, right? These encryption systems are great at guarding against almost all attacks by modern computers, but there’s a new type of computer on the rise: the quantum computer. Not only can quantum computers easily break

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Designed To Interact: Humanoid Robots Show Promise

It’s official: Robots have come to the Smithsonian. As of this past spring,  humanoid robots (built to resemble the human body) can be found at a number of Smithsonian locations, including Smithsonian Castle, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, National Museum of African American History and Culture, and Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. What prompted the arrival of these robots to the

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