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780 million people could gain access to safe drinking water by using Manganese Oxides
July 2014

780 million people could gain access to safe drinking water by using Manganese Oxides

By Michel Vargas Water is the most precious of mankind’s natural resources. Only 2.5% of all Earth’s water is fresh, and often this water needs to be purified to become potable. Over 2 billion people worldwide have gained access to safe drinking water since 1990. Nevertheless, 780 million people remain without a safe supply of … Continue reading

Bottling up the sun – the latest on our quest for fusion energy
June 2014

Bottling up the sun – the latest on our quest for fusion energy

by Jonathan Squire The human race has an energy problem. Despite continually increasing demand, we still have no truly viable way to produce energy on a necessary scale without significant environmental consequences. So what about solar, wind, hydro, nuclear, geothermal, or CCS (carbon capture and storage)? Each of these generation methods has its own disadvantages, and certainly … Continue reading

A New Class of Antidepressants Promising to Revolutionize the Treatment of Depression
June 2014

A New Class of Antidepressants Promising to Revolutionize the Treatment of Depression

by Márton Siklós Major depression and bipolar spectrum disorders affect a significant portion of the world population at any moment (around 4%) and account for a high socioeconomic burden, as well as for a major loss of quality-adjusted years of life. None of the current treatments for depression are more than moderately effective on their own, and … Continue reading

NELL: a machine that continuously reads, learns, and thinks by itself
May 2014

NELL: a machine that continuously reads, learns, and thinks by itself

by Derry Tanti Wijaya “Milk drinkers are turning to powder”—here is a classic example of a sense that is tricky for humans to interpret but next to impossible for machines. As humans we instinctively know that milk drinkers can’t become powder just by drinking milk; otherwise nobody would be brave (or stupid) enough to drink it. We have … Continue reading