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Brain implants used to fight drug addiction in US

Brain implants used to fight drug addiction in US

Technology
Patients with severe opioid addiction are being given brain implants to help reduce their cravings, in the first trial of its kind in the US.Gerod Buckhalter, 33, who has struggled with substance abuse for more than a decade with many relapses and overdoses, has already had the surgery.Lead doctor Ali Rezai described the device as a "pacemaker for the brain".But he added it was not a consumer technology and should not be used for "augmenting humans". Mr Buckhalter had his operation on 1 November at the West Virginia University Medicine Hospital. Three more volunteers will also have the procedure. It starts with a series of brain scans. Surgery follows with doctors making...
Climate change: Used cooking oil imports may fuel deforestation

Climate change: Used cooking oil imports may fuel deforestation

Science
Imports of a "green fuel" source may be inadvertently increasing deforestation and the demand for new palm oil, a study says.Experts say there has been a recent boom in the amount of used cooking oil imported into the UK from Asia. This waste oil is the basis for biodiesel, which produces far less CO2 than fossil fuels in cars. But this report is concerned that the used oil is being replaced across Asia with palm oil from deforested areas.Cutting carbon emissions from transport has proved very difficult for governments all over the world. Many have given incentives to speed up the replacement of fossil-based petrol and diesel with fuels made from crops such as soya or rapeseed. These growing plants absorb CO2 from the atmosphere...
At least 30 dead in fire at home used as matchstick factory

At least 30 dead in fire at home used as matchstick factory

World
At least 30 people have been killed - including three children - in a fire at a house which was used as a matchstick factory in Indonesia's North Sumatra province.Irwan Syahri, from the local disaster mitigation agency in Langkap district, said many of the victims were burned beyond recognition. North Sumatra police spokesman MP Nainggolan said the cause of the fire, which broke out at around midday local time, was being investigated and remains unclear.TV footage showed the burned-out property, situated in a residential area, its floor covered with twisted metal and its corrugated iron roof blackened with soot.One man could be seen desperately trying to help put the fire out by scooping water up from a muddy puddle with a large tub. ...
Rare Nazi Enigma machine used during World War II up for auction

Rare Nazi Enigma machine used during World War II up for auction

World
May 29 (UPI) -- A rare code-making machine used by the Nazis during World War II is set to be auctioned off online on Thursday evening. California-based auction house Nate D. Sanders Auction has placed the so-called Enigma machine up for auction with a starting minimum bid of $ 200,000. The machine that is up for auction on Thursday is one of about 250 that were used in the war and still exist to day. It is also an M3 design with three rotors and matching parts, which makes it more rare. It also features the original wood, the original battery, portions of the leather strap, metal wheels with the Third Reich emblem and instructions written in German under the lid. Enigma machines were commonly used during WWII, but the number of models became scarce after Germany ordered them destroyed t...
The controversial tech used to predict problems before they happen

The controversial tech used to predict problems before they happen

Technology
By Rowland Manthorpe, technology correspondent At least 53 councils are using computer models to detect problems before they happen, according to new research by Cardiff University and Sky News, which shows the scale of the controversial technology in UK public services.So-called predictive algorithms are being used by councils for everything from traffic management to benefits sanctions. The real figures could be much higher, as not every local authority responded fully to freedom of information requests.Almost a third of the UK's 45 police forces are also using predictive algorithms.:: Analysis - Hidden revolution is taking place :: Add to Apple podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Spreaker. Image: More than 50 lo...