Mental Health Advocacy,
Mental Health Treatment,
Mental Patients In Prison,
Mentally Ill In Prison,
Mental-health services in the U.S. are a failed mess: underfunded, disorganized, inaccessible, misallocated, dispirited, and driven by commercial interest. The current nonsystem is a shameful disgrace that won't change unless the various voices who care about the mentally ill can achieve greater harmony.
The CDC isn't infallible, but they don't pull numbers out of the air, either; they're scientists, and their guidelines come from evidence.
Is it possible that aggregate Twitter patterns might also be revealing in some useful way? Could Twitter offer snapshots of communities as well as individuals? A team of scientists has been exploring this possibility.
Seven days; lots of science in the news. Here's our roundup of this week's most notable and quotable items.
Georgia Tech's Judith Curry has authored an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal claiming that "there is less urgency to phase out greenhouse gas emissions now" than in the past. This could not be further from the truth.
Climate Change Denial,
In human history, no practice has more profoundly advanced human understanding of the natural world than that of science. So it seems tragic, in the year 2014, that science should require a defense (by a comedy writer, no less).
Watching video evidence does not necessarily ensure a unified or accurate understanding of the facts of a case. In fact, how people watch evidence may exaggerate an "us versus them" divide already present in the legal system.
As the devastating outbreak continues to spread in West Africa, it may be silently immunizing large numbers of people who never fall ill or infect others, yet become protected from future infection. If this is true, it would have significant ramifications for outbreak projections
The Ebola outbreak currently devastating West Africa threatens the lives of not just those infected with the virus, but all who require medical care, whether treatment for malaria or prenatal care for a healthy pregnancy.
A study published earlier this month in Nature suggested, controversially, that noncaloric artificial sweeteners could induce glucose intolerance, typified by conditions such as pre-diabetes and diabetes. In other words, the chemicals we developed to cater to a diabetic market may in fact be causing diabetes.
Remarkably, people with Down syndrome have an increased incidence of leukemia but a much lower incidence of solid tissue tumors. What is it about the extra copy of chromosome 21 that protects them from solid tumors but predisposes them to blood cancers?
Thinking about whether a particular set of religious practices or beliefs would make sense on a different planet might be a valuable exercise in understanding ourselves.
There is no such thing as power to spare in our world today, yet overconsumption continues, despite warnings and encouragement to cut down on electricity usage.
The Nobel Prize in physics was awarded last week to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura, who devised a way to create a semi-conductor that emits blue, thus enabling the LEDs that illuminate our phones, televisions, and computers. They provide an opportunity for us to reflect back on the cultural potency of blueness.
Many people have a need to be remembered well, even if that motivation is hidden, so sparking it can shift the focus to future others. Public policies that encourage futuristic contemplation might be one tool for stemming the ravages of climate change before it's too late.
There are many factors we could cite, but to discover the biggest reason, follow the big money.
This year on Mental Illness Awareness Week, my call is for humility. We need to be aware that mental disorders are immensely complex--too complex for scientists, clinicians, patients, or families to solve alone.
It appears that making typos in your personal profile does not significantly harm the impression you make, unless you type your profile wearing ski gloves. One possible exception is if you hope to date a writer or editor, or someone as uptight about language use as I am, but who would want to do that?
I have been an avid science fiction reader all my life, but as an astronomer for over half my life, the essential paradox of my fantasy world can no longer be maintained. Basically, science tells us that traveling fast enough to make interstellar travel possible requires more money than society will ever be able to invest in the attempt.
The U.S. did not apply the knee-jerk capitalistic model of mobilizing competition. Had we succumbed to that model, the government might have offered grants and other incentives to encourage individual scientists, universities, private and publicly held companies to compete in a race to develop the bomb -- with benefits to the winner.