Ketamine could treat depression

Could ketamine, that notorious party drug, treat depression? It seems so. Results of a new trial have just been released and doctors say the effects are surprising and dramatic. Twenty eight people were slowly injected with a low dose of ketamine – all seriously depressed patients who didn't respond to conventional treatment. Eight reported feeling better and four improved so dramatically that they were no longer classed as depressed at all.
Also - 3 strategies for getting things done when you're depressed.

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40-year-old deaf woman hears for the first time

Joe Milne suffers from Usher's syndrome and was deaf from birth. She had bilateral cochlea implants fitted which allowed her to hear for the first time ever. This was her reaction:

She also asked her friend to make her a playlist — an "Introduction to Music." Here is the list her friend came up with:
  1. Ken Boothe – Everything I Own
  2. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – She’s The One
  3. Paul McCartney – Silly Love Songs
  4. Joni Mitchell – Black Crow
  5. Steely Dan – Peg
  6. Electric Light Orchestra – Mr. Blue Sky
  7. Gary Numan – Are 'friends' Electric?
  8. The Specials – Do Nothing
  9. Soft Cell – Tainted Love
  10. The Jam – Town Called Malice
  11. Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
  12. Prince – When Doves Cry
  13. Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)
  14. The Smiths – Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others
  15. Fleetwood Mac – Big Love – Live (Lindsey Buckingham solo acoustic version)
  16. Tracy Chapman – Fast Car
  17. The The August & September
  18. Deee-Lite – Groove Is In The Heart
  19. Ozric Tentacles – Sploosh!
  20. INXS – Baby Don't Cry
  21. Nirvana – All Apologies
  22. Richard Thompson – King Of Bohemia
  23. Pulp – Common People – Full Length Version / Album Version
  24. Everything But The Girl – Missing
  25. Foo Fighters – Everlong
  26. Massive Attack – Teardrop
  27. Jimmy Eat World – For Me This Is Heaven
  28. The Avalanches – Frontier Psychiatrist
  29. Daft Punk – Digital Love
  30. The Streets – Turn The Page
  31. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps
  32. Beastie Boys – An Open Letter To NYC
  33. Nine Inch Nails – The Hand That Feeds
  34. Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
  35. Radiohead – Jigsaw Falling Into Place
  36. Elbow – One Day Like This
  37. Maximo Park – Tanned
  38. Gruff Rhys – Shark Ridden Waters
  39. The Joy Formidable – Whirring
  40. Bat For Lashes – Laura
  41. Haim – Don’t Save Me

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Video - Does sex affect athletic performance?

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On the origin of 'Fuck'

One origin story for f*ck is that it comes from when sex was outlawed unless it was permitted explicitly by the king, so people who were legally banging had Fornication Under Consent of the King on their doors, or: F.U.C.K. But obviously that's wrong. And if you do believe that, stop it. Stop it right now.


Cartoons I Liked - 4


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The first lesson of Marriage 101: There are no soul mates

On Northwestern University’s Marriage 101 class. Course details here.
I am a big votary of couples being made to take up a mandatory course before getting married and having kids.

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What if the purpose of love is to get us out of relationships, not into them?

“What if the purpose of love isn’t getting people into relationships, but out of them?” asked Konner, author of more than a half-dozen books on human nature. Think about it, he urged. Love makes us irrational. And what’s more irrational (in a universe in which there are surely more bad possibilities than good ones) than leaving the safety of an existing relationship?

But is it unreasonable to suppose that, in the sense most of us understand it, one of the “purposes” of love, not incompatible with the binding together of two people, is to make them crazy enough to ditch their current partners first? Certainly, the overwhelming evidence from our genes and from the history of human societies is that something is driving breakups just as powerfully as that same mechanism, or some related one, drives people to get together in the first place.


The 'most complicated animal-puzzle ever' solved by a crow

In this BBC special, Dr. Alex Taylor set up an eight-step puzzle described as "one of the most complex tests of the animal mind ever", to try and stump one of the smartest crows he's seen in captivity. And this is what happened...

More on the programme, 'The Problem Solvers'.

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Soon automatic dosa machines in your kitchen!

After the Rotimatic its the turn of the Dosamatic.

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Video - Movie Title Breakup

A couple breaks up with each other speaking on in movie titles - 154 of them. :)
Don't think it will take long for a Hindi equivalent to come out.

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Photographer captures the moment he tells his friends he has AIDS

Adrian Chesser's photo series, 'I Have Something to Tell You', captures 46 of his friends at the moment when they learn that he has been diagnosed with AIDS.
I don't know if this is unethical and if such an intensely private moment should be captured and presented in this way. I felt uncomfortable viewing them and maybe that was the photographer's intended reaction.

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Ads I liked - 3: Bell's Whisky and The Sunday Times

Bell's Whisky - The Reader

Directed by Greg Gray of Velocity films, the ad shows a man deciding to learn to read as he wants to read the book his son has just published.

The Sunday Times

Ad for The Sunday Times Culture section. Very nicely done.

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Origami door unfolds open and closes with a single touch

Austrian company Klemens Torggler has designed a door that gently slides open and closed without running along tracks. The Evolution Door was designed based on the concept of rotating squares. A gentle nudge or push triggers the door to slowly slide sideways towards the opposite side of the wall. (Via)

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Misunderstanding orange juice as a health drink

Most commercial orange juice is so heavily processed that it would be undrinkable if not for the addition of something called flavor packs. This is the latest technological innovation in the industry’s perpetual quest to mimic the simplicity of fresh juice. Oils and essences are extracted from the oranges and then sold to a flavor manufacturer who concocts a carefully composed flavor pack customized to the company’s flavor specifications. The juice, which has been patiently sitting in storage sometimes for more than a year, is then pumped with these packs to restore its aroma and taste, which by this point have been thoroughly annihilated. You’re welcome.

Adee Braun in The Atlantic.

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The return of the anonymous internet

Now over a billion people use Facebook every month, most with their real names. When I meet someone new, there’s a very good chance I can find them on the site, or on LinkedIn, or elsewhere through a Google search. Real identity is now the internet’s default setting. Anonymity is the deviation — the internet hasn’t criminalized it, exactly, but Facebook has at least made it seem more illicit. Consider: YouTube doesn’t even want anonymous comments anymore. YouTube!

On newly launched apps like Snapchat, Secret and Whisper and the possibility of a post-Facebook anonymous internet.


Video - Some amazing juggling

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I didn't wash my jeans for 7 months—and it's the Internet's fault

Today I washed my jeans. It's the first time I've done so since I bought them in July, and yes, I've worn them every day.

The world of raw denim fandom.


A user's guide to the bizarre toilets of Sochi

From funny signs to turning pooping into spectator sport and a communal activity, the bizarre toilets of Sochi are in the news.

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The 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

That's dance. Hasan Baglar.

Homebound. Ata Mohammad Adnan.
More amazing ones here.



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