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Hospital error leads to CT scan radiation overdoses in 206 patients

How well do hospital medical technicians know their equipment? Not well enough in the case of some health care workers at Cedars–Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where 206 x-ray computed tomography (CT) scan patients were given eight times the normal dose of radiation during brain scans over an 18-month period...

October 13, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier

God's in Mississippi, where the gettin' is good

At some point over the course of this human life of yours, you may have noticed that wherever there is a trail of woe, God is curiously afoot. At least, since God is often seen both as the cause and the cure of misfortune, the belief in God seems especially likely to be stirred up in the wake of some personal or naturalistic calamity...

October 9, 2009 — Jesse Bering

The problem with psychopaths: a fearful face doesn't deter them

Buon giorno from Florence, where I’m presently under the Tuscan sun—sizzling like bacon, I should add—as a hive of awestruck, pale-legged American tourists wearing Nikes, cargo shorts and Polo shirts descend with digital cameras at the ready on the Renaissance city’s signature Duomo in the Piazza Della Signoria...

September 29, 2009 — Jesse Bering

Lessons from a Dead Fish

The revolution in neuroscience is often characterized as a revolution in new imaging technology.A long overdue reassessment of  neuroimaging machines—in particular the functional magnetic resonance imager—has underlined that what you see is not always what you get.A study published this year in Perspectives on Psychological Science noted that many papers in social neuroscience, the field that examines the neurobiology of social behavior, suffered from faulty analyses that produced "voodoo correlations" in their data...

September 29, 2009 — Gary Stix

How torture may inhibit accurate confessions

The ethics of enhanced interrogation techniques, detailed in a series of White House memos earlier this year, have come under growing fire in Washington and around the world.

September 21, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

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