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Scientists find way to map brain’s complexity

LONDON (Reuters) – Scientists say they have moved a step closer to developing a computer model of the brain after finding a way to map both the connections and functions of nerve cells in the brain together for the first time. In a study in the journal Nature on Sunday,…

Electrode therapy aids compulsive disorder: scientists

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The use of brain surgery to treat psychiatric disorders has long been controversial, but new technologies are emerging that can help people with severe illnesses, scientists said on Friday. However, experts urged caution because they still do not understand exactly how these therapies work, and so they…

State torture of citizens ‘endemic’ worldwide: report

PARIS — From the “Jesus Christ” crucifixion technique in Eritrea to the Uzbek practice of chilli pepper enemas, torture is a routine practice for authorities across the globe, a report said. “One can reasonably estimate that more than half of the member states of the United Nations resort to torture,”…

Visited porn? Web browser flaw secretly bares all

Some websites use browser flaw to expose where you’ve gone Dozens of websites have been secretly harvesting lists of places that their users previously visited online, everything from news articles to bank sites to pornography, a team of computer scientists found. The information is valuable for con artists to learn…

‘Damn right’ I personally ordered waterboarding: Bush

President George W. Bush admits for the first time in his new memoir that he personally approved the use of waterboarding, a technique in which an interrogator simulates drowning on a suspect. The method, which most describe as torture, has since been banned by the Justice Department. In his book,…

Sophisticated tool-making began in Africa, not Europe: study

WASHINGTON — Prehistoric people in southern Africa developed a highly skilled way of shaping stones into sharp-edged tools long before Europeans did, suggested a study released Thursday. A technique known as pressure-flaking, which scientists previously thought was invented in Europe some 20,000 years ago, involves using an animal bone or…

Chinese meditation technique shown to elevate brain function

A Chinese-influenced meditation technique appears to help the brain regulate behavior after as little as 11 hours of practice, according to a study released Monday. Researchers at the University of Oregon and Dalian University of Technology charted the effects of integrative body-mind training (IBMT), a technique adapted in the 1990s…

Soldier reportedly holds daughter’s head underwater for failing to recite alphabet

A 27-year-old Washington state soldier allegedly admitted Sunday to having held his daughter’s head in a bowl of water because she couldn’t recite the alphabet. British newspapers labeled the technique “waterboarding,” in reference to the CIA torture measure the Bush Administration employed against terror suspects, though in actuality, waterboarding technically…

Massachusetts could elect senator who supports waterboarding

The Republican state senator vying to fill the Senate seat recently vacated by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) says he doesn’t believe waterboarding — where a suspect is effectively temporarily drowned — is torture. State senator Scott Brown’s candidacy has taken Massachusetts by storm and political analysts by surprise.…

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