Most common childhood cancer ‘partly caused by lack of infection’

Most common childhood cancer 'partly caused by lack of infection'

Clean modern homes, antiseptic wipes and the understandable desire to protect small babies against any infection are all part of the cause of the most common form of childhood cancer, a leading expert has concluded after more than 30 years of research. Childhood acute leukaemia, says the highly respected Prof Mel Greaves, is nothing to do with power lines or nuclear fuel reprocessing stations. Nor is it to do with hot dogs and hamburgers or the Vatican radio mast, as have also been suggested.

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Finnish university’s online AI course is open to everyone

Finnish university's online AI course is open to everyone

Helsinki University in Finland has launched a course on artificial intelligence — one that's completely free and open to everyone around the world. Unlike Carnegie Mellon's new undergrad degree in AI, which the institution created to train future experts in the field, Helsinki's offering is more of a beginner course for those who want to know more about it. A lot of tech giants like Google now have divisions working on artificial intelligence projects, and even whole non-tech industries already depend on AI for various tasks.

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Self-Blame, Rumination, and the Trauma of Birth

Self-Blame, Rumination, and the Trauma of Birth

Birth is miraculous, but not always simple. For some, the difficulties of birth last long after the baby is born. Looking at almost 200 first-time moms, new research published in the Journal of Maternal-fetal and Neonatal Medicine (link is external) found that many of them experienced symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)…

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A German Team Is Now Trying to Make the ‘Impossible’ EmDrive Engine

A German Team Is Now Trying to Make the ‘Impossible’ EmDrive Engine

German physicists launched the SpaceDrive project to explore possible sources of error in EmDrive experiments. Their first experiment identified a possible source of false positives in past successful EmDrive tests. Since the beginning of the space race over half-a-century ago, humans have walked on the moon and remotely explored the surface of two other planets in our solar system with robots. But so far, only a single spacecraft has made it to interstellar space: Voyager 1…

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Magic mushroom treatment improves emotional face recognition in depressed patients

Magic mushroom treatment improves emotional face recognition in depressed patients

Preliminary research suggests that psilocybin-based treatment can improve emotional processing in depressed patients. The new findings are reported in the scientific journal Psychopharmacology. Psilocybin is the primary mind-altering substance in psychedelic “magic” mushrooms. The drug can profoundly alter the way a person experiences the world by producing changes in mood, sensory perception, time perception, and sense of self.

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