The unmatched population boom in Africa’s cities is causing serious sewage problems, and spreading cholera. For example, Kampala, Uganda—which some 3 million people pass through each day—has less than 800 pay toilets and 14 free facilities. The city sewer system covers less…

After creating PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX, billionaire tech titan Elon Musk is onto his next project: Neuralink, a tech venture promising thread-thin brain implants enabling people to control devices with their minds alone. Announcing the project last week, Musk said the…

Wish you had an app to help you talk to the vaccine skeptics in your life?   Now you do. Verywell’s “Healthy Conversations” takes a choose-your-own-adventure approach for those striving for productive dialogue.   Playing the part of the doubter, Verywell might say:  

The latest rage in augmented reality: Fake eye contact is on the way. Or, as Apple is calling it, “FaceTime Attention Correction.” It digitally fixes the position of your pupils, so it looks like you’re gazing straight at the person you’re talking to. It aims to fix a…

With an eye to studying human development and finding new ways to treat reproductive problems, scientists have created the first living 3D models of human embryos—or embryoids.  

A new AI gaming genre simulates the harrowing choice of whether to have an abortion—and the myriad obstacles that can stand in the way.   One game—Trapped—recreates a “Kafkaesque series of rules” that can come with pursuing an abortion. Another game, Choice: Texas,…

One of the “most promising and rapidly advancing frontiers in mental health” is a treatment that acts like a game, writes data scientist Sara Kimmich. Neurofeedback allows people to hear and see their brain activity, and train their brains to tweak their mental state. The…

Traditional methods for treating depression address symptoms like sadness or anxiety. Most don’t focus on anhedonia—the lack of interest or ability to feel pleasure.   To address this pernicious symptom, UCLA is studying the use of virtual reality in therapy. Patients…

Yesterday, US health officials pledged $350 million to study local solutions to the opioid crisis. The 4-state effort will home in on selected communities, aiming to reduce their opioid-related overdose deaths by 40% over 3 years, Reuters reports.

Death just got a lot more complicated. 4 hours after being slaughtered, Yale School of Medicine scientists revived pigs’ disembodied brains. The process mimicked blood flow by pumping the brains with nutrients and oxygen. The technique brought back some key functions like…