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Avatar therapy 'reduces power of schizophrenia voices'

Avatar therapy 'reduces power of schizophrenia voices'

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceConfronting an avatar on a computer screen helped patients hearing voices to cope better with hallucinations, a UK trial has found.Patients who received this therapy became less distressed and heard voices less often compared with those who had counselling instead.Experts said the therapy could add an important new approach to treating schizophrenia hallucinations.The trial, on 150 people, is published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal.It follows a much smaller pilot study in 2013.Hallucinations are common in people with schizophrenia and can be threatening and insulting.One in four patients continues to experience voices despite being treated with drugs and cognitive behavioural therapy.In this study, run by King's College London and University C...
Chinese power over North Korea? It's more myth than reality

Chinese power over North Korea? It's more myth than reality

World
At first glance, it seems the perfect solution to the world's most dangerous standoff: Find a way to get China to use its enormous influence to force North Korea to abandon its nuclear bombs. The countries, after all, share a long, porous border, several millennia of history and deep ideological roots. Tens, and possibly hundreds, of thousands of Chinese soldiers, including Mao Zedong's son, died to save North Korea from obliteration during the Korean War, and China is essentially Pyongyang's economic lifeline, responsible for most of its trade and oil. The notion of Chinese power over the North — that the countries are as "close as lips and teeth," according to a cliche recorded in the 3rd century — is so tantalizing that Donald Trump has spent a good part of his young presidency playing
Musk in talks to restore power to Puerto Rico

Musk in talks to restore power to Puerto Rico

Technology
Puerto Rico's governor says he is "exploring opportunities" with billionaire Elon Musk to restore the island's shattered electrical infrastructure using solar energy technology.Less than 10% of Puerto Ricans have power, weeks after the US territory was hit by Hurricane Maria.Responding to a message on Twitter, Mr Musk, the Tesla co-founder, said his Powerwall renewable energy technology, which powers several smaller islands, could be scaled up to work for Puerto Rico.Ricardo Rossello, the island's governor, revealed he'd had a "great initial conversation" with Mr Musk and that their teams "are now talking, exploring opportunities".Image:The category five storm destroyed power lines and communications infrastructureMeanwhile, Mr Musk said he was sending "experienced installers from continen...
Uber rocked by fresh boardroom power struggle

Uber rocked by fresh boardroom power struggle

Technology
Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has sparked a power struggle at the company by unilaterally naming two new directors to the board.Mr Kalanick announced the appointments in a statement on Friday without consulting the new chief executive or the rest of the board.He brought in Ursula Burns, the former CEO of Xerox, and John Thain, the former CEO of Merrill Lynch, to sit at Uber's big table.The appointments were made ahead of a planned vote on Tuesday to restructure the corporate governance of the company, and "came as a complete surprise to Uber and its board", the company said.The move is being seen as indicative of the continuing power struggle which saw Mr Kalanick step down as the firm's CEO in June.Uber's largest shareholder, Benchmark, has taken legal action against him, challenging hi...
Scottish Power says UK will need to boost capacity

Scottish Power says UK will need to boost capacity

Science
Britain will need to boost its generation of electricity by about a quarter, Scottish Power has estimated.The energy firm said electric cars and a shift to electric heating could send demand for power soaring.Its chief executive also said there would have to be a major investment in the wiring necessary to handle rapid charging of car batteries.Keith Anderson was speaking as the firm reached the milestone of 2,000 megawatts of wind power capacity. That equates to about an eighth of the British total.The figure includes Whitelee wind farm, on Eaglesham Moor, south of Glasgow, which has more than 200 turbines. Believed to be Europe's biggest wind farm, it is capable of generating enough power for all of Glasgow's homes.In the past 18 months, the Spanish-owned company has been installing near...