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Mental health apps let you access therapy from your smartphone

12 hours 37 min ago
Apps that let users talk to human therapists or keep tabs on their own mental state are making therapy more accessible and affordable









Key enzyme helps country kids ward off allergies and asthma

3 September 2015 - 2:00pm
Children's immune systems are less likely to be hypersensitive if they are exposed to rural dirt, but one enzyme may also be vital for this effect









Chatty cellular machines take synthetic biology to next level

2 September 2015 - 1:00pm
A new class of multicellular machines that can "talk" to each other will help usher in a new era of smart drugs









Intelligent cameras can put an end to always-on surveillance

2 September 2015 - 1:00pm
Many cities are packed with cameras pointlessly recording everything they see, but smart algorithms could allow them to keep only footage that matters









Quantum weirdness proved real in first loophole-free experiment

2 September 2015 - 1:00pm
A century-long debate about whether quantum mechanics described reality or masked a deeper layer, as Einstein suggested, has concluded – quantum reality won









60 Seconds

2 September 2015 - 1:00pm
Sleep, don't sneeze, second time unlucky for psychology studies, the invisible threat of roads and more









Tetanus is no longer a threat to mothers and newborns in India

2 September 2015 - 1:00pm
Just over a year after eliminating polio, the country has declared that tetanus is no longer a public health threat, thanks to more hygienic birth practises









Europe to discuss deep-sea trawling ban to protect biodiversity

2 September 2015 - 1:00pm
In the run-up to a debate on deep-sea fishing, new data suggests trawling should be banned below 600 metres to protect threatened species









NASA picks post-Pluto destination for New Horizons spacecraft

2 September 2015 - 1:00pm
Fresh off its July fly-by of Pluto, the New Horizons spacecraft is bound for a tiny object even further from the sun









65 per cent of Europe’s electronic waste is stolen or mismanaged

2 September 2015 - 1:00pm
A two-year investigation into Europe's electronic waste found that most of it is stolen, mismanaged, illegally traded, or just thrown away.









Practising staring at small dots can shrink your blind spot

2 September 2015 - 1:00pm
Certain exercises can reduce the gaps in our visual field, and may eventually help those with eye damage to see better









Darwin’s fast-evolving finches use a natural insect repellent

2 September 2015 - 1:00pm
Four species of the iconic birds on the Galapagos Islands rub themselves with leaves that deter mosquitoes and parasitic flies









Zoologger: The tiny insects that roar at each other like lions

2 September 2015 - 1:00pm
Two types of mirid bug engage in roaring duels, possibly to establish dominance or attract females, but how they make the noise is unknown









Continental break-up set the stage for life in Earth’s mantle

2 September 2015 - 1:00pm
The first evidence that ancient microbes colonised subsea mantle rock hints at how life might have emerged on Earth – and even other worlds









Live cells stuck together like Velcro could mend broken hearts

2 September 2015 - 1:00pm
Heart cells grown on a special mesh can be built up into living, beating tissue that could mend damage after heart attacks









Winking exoplanets could shed light on distant comet strikes

2 September 2015 - 1:00pm
In 1994, comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 smacked into Jupiter – analysis of that impact could help us detect similar collisions in other solar systems









Birds circle and stick together to help them fly in dense fog

2 September 2015 - 1:00pm
A rare observation of cranes flying in foggy conditions reveals that they circle cautiously and make noise to stay in touch with the rest of the flock









One Per Cent

2 September 2015 - 1:00pm
Google's pothole reporter, Facebook's milestone and its new assistant with AI









Vultures are new target for African bushmeat and medicine trade

2 September 2015 - 1:00pm
Africa's raptor birds, especially vultures, are experiencing drastic declines as more are being hunted for meat and use in traditional cures









Doctors use antipsychotics to calm ‘challenging behaviour’

2 September 2015 - 1:00pm
Psychotropic drugs such as antipsychotics are being prescribed to subdue people with intellectual disability who are not mentally ill