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Laughter may be best medicine for brain surgery

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Neuroscientists at Emory University School of Medicine have discovered a focal pathway in the brain that when electrically stimulated causes immediate laughter, followed by a sense of calm and happiness, even during awake brain surgery. The effects of stimulation were observed in an epilepsy patient undergoing diagnostic monitoring for seizure diagnosis. These effects were then […]

Patisserie Valerie saved in buyout backed by Irish private equity firm

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Cataclysmic collisions between space rocks have helped explain some of the solar system’s biggest mysteries, from how the moon formed to how Uranus got its lopsided rotation. But convincing evidence for such events happening outside of the solar system is scant. Now scientists think that they have found the first known example of a near […]

I Found $90 Last Week but Can’t Find the Owner. Now What?

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Maybe you read the story. I saw a man drop $90 on the subway last week, but he disappeared before I could return it. I wasn’t sure what to do next, so I did what I know: I wrote about it. I spoke to a philosophy professor, a lawyer and a transit official, asking each […]

How a ‘Monster’ Texas Oil Field Made the U.S. a Star in the World Market

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MIDLAND, Tex. — In a global collapse of oil prices five years ago, scores of American oil companies went bankrupt. But one field withstood the onslaught, and even thrived: the Permian Basin, straddling Texas and New Mexico. A combination of technical innovation, aggressive investing and copious layers of oil-rich shale have transformed the Permian, once […]

Tech Is Splitting the U.S. Work Force in Two

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A small group of well-educated professionals enjoys rising wages, while most workers toil in low-wage jobs with few chances to advance. PHOENIX — It’s hard to miss the dogged technological ambition pervading this sprawling desert metropolis. There’s Intel’s $7 billion, seven-nanometer chip plant going up in Chandler. In Scottsdale, Axon, the maker of the Taser, […]

A new study reveals that professional golf causes serious back problems

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As golf has evolved over the last two decades, golfers’ swing has become more powerful, which has led to a higher incidence of early lumbar degeneration, according to a new study published today. The work, published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, responds to the causes of the most common injury that now affects golfers, […]