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Fight or flight: the veterans at war with PTSD

From Youtube: One hundred years on from the end of the first world war, a group of veterans in Dorset are torn between their pride in their military careers and their anger over the lack of psychological support provided to them by the Ministry of Defence. With many feeling abandoned and left to battle significant mental health issues such as PTSD alone, former soldier Andy Price decides to take matters into his own hands, launching the Veteran’s Hub, a peer-to-peer support network for veterans and their families. Over the course of a year, the Guardian's Richard Sprenger follows Andy on his journey.

This Brain Implant Could Change Lives

From Youtube: It sounds like science fiction: a device that can reconnect a paralyzed person’s brain to his or her body. But that’s exactly what the experimental NeuroLife system does. Developed by Battelle and Ohio State University, NeuroLife uses a brain implant, an algorithm and an electrode sleeve to give paralysis patients back control of their limbs. For Ian Burkhart, NeuroLife’s first test subject, the implications could be life-changing.

Your Brain's Reins

From SETI Institute: You are your brain. But what happens when your brain changes for the worse – either by physical injury or experience? Are you still responsible for your actions? We hear how the case of a New York man charged with murder was one of the first to introduce neuroscience as evidence in court. Plus, how technology hooks us – a young man so addicted to video games, he lacked social skills, or even a desire to eat. Find out how technology designers conspire against his digital detox. Also, even if your brain is intact and your only task is choosing a sock color, are you really in control? How your unconscious directs even mundane behavior … and how you can outwit it.

What do the chemical signatures of deadly nerve agents tell us about their origins?

From Guardian Science Weekly podcast: Ian Sample talks to two fellow Guardian reporters and a professor of environmental toxicology about the Salisbury spy poisoning. Last week, the city of Salisbury was thrust into the spotlight when two people were found in critical condition in a local park. Details began to emerge that the man, in his late sixties, was a former Russian spy. The woman found in a comatose state beside him, his daughter. Speculation mounted that they were poisoned, but by what? And by whom?

Is it possible to enhance and rewire the adult brain?

From Guardian Science Weekly podcast: Nicola Davis asks: can we increase the window of brain plasticity in the later stages of life? And what do we know about the implications of doing so? In early development, the brain is hard at work making new connections between neurons, based on the new experiences we’re having. But the science around brain plasticity – ie the mind’s ability to learn, change and reorganise itself – is advancing. Research looking at people with severe neurological or physical damage tells us a lot about the possibility of enhancing the ability for our brain to rewire.

Past, present, and future of neuroscience

From unsupervisedthinkingpodcast.blogspot.com: In this very special episode of Unsupervised Thinking, we bring together a group of neuroscientists and neuroscience enthusiasts to have a semi-structured discussion on the past, present, and future of the field of neuroscience. The group includes your three regular hosts plus Yann, Alex, and Ryan (whose voice you may recall from our Deep Learning episode) and we each give our thoughts on what got us into neuroscience, what we feel the field is lacking, and where the field will be in 20 years. This leads us on a path of discussing statistics, emergence, religion, depression, behavior, engineering, society, and more!

LSD in Silicon Valley

From bbc.co.uk: How California's tech entrepreneurs are turning to LSD for inspiration. Ed Butler speaks to George Burke, a Silicon Valley worker who takes small doses of the drug to help him work more productively - a practice called microdosing. He hears from Professor David Nutt at Imperial College London - one of the few people doing scientific research into LSD. And veteran Silicon Valley journalist Mike Malone explains why this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to tech firms and the limits of the mind and body.

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