That is as we speak’s version of The Obtain, our weekday e-newsletter by MIT Expertise Evaluate that gives a day by day dose of what is going on on on this planet of know-how.

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—James Ball

What do psychedelic medication do to our brains? AI may assist us discover out

The large image: Psychedelic medication have lengthy been touted as doable therapies for mental-health problems like melancholy and PTSD. However little or no is basically identified about what these substances truly do to our brains. Understanding how they work may assist unlock their potential.

A brand new methodology: Some scientists are utilizing AI to determine it out. A staff at McGill College in Montreal used pure language processing to check written “journey stories” of customers’ experiences with a spread of medication. The staff then built-in this knowledge with information of which neurotransmitter receptors within the mind every drug is understood to work together with. Collectively, these steps let the staff determine which receptors are linked to particular drug experiences.  

What subsequent: The work may make clear how hallucinogens set off particular psychological states, whether or not that be euphoria, anxiousness, or a way of being at one with the world. It may additionally assist design new medication for psychological well being problems—one thing some companies are already making an attempt to do. Learn the complete story.

—Jessica Hamzelou

The must-reads

I’ve combed the web to search out you as we speak’s most enjoyable/necessary/scary/fascinating tales about know-how.

1 Russia has stepped up its marketing campaign of bombing civilians in Ukraine
It simply bombed a theater in Mariupol that a whole lot of individuals had been sheltering in. (AP)
  + US intelligence estimates Russia has misplaced greater than 7,000 troops already. (NYT $)
  + Zelensky urged extra US corporations to give up Russia. (Quartz)
  + Biden pledged an extra $800 million for Ukraine’s battle effort, together with drones and anti-aircraft techniques. (Reuters $)
  + The tractor has grow to be a logo of Ukrainian resistance. (Vice)
  + Ukrainian influencers are documenting what’s occurring. (The Verge)
  + What’s the danger of nuclear battle? It’s not zero. (NYT $) 

2 Fb and YouTube eliminated a deepfake of the Ukrainian President 
It purported to point out him surrendering to Russia—nevertheless it was shortly debunked. (CNN)
  + Not earlier than inflicting a good bit of chaos yesterday, although. (Vice)
  + The largest menace of deepfakes is not the deepfakes themselves. (TR)  

3 There’s a hyperlink between covid-19 deaths and web entry
It’s not clear precisely why, although. (Vox)
  + Covid circumstances are on the rise once more world wide. (Ars Technica)
  + Citizen science is making a comeback. (Wired $) 

4 NASA launched its first picture from the James Webb Telescope 🔭
And it’s a stunner. (Ars Technica)
 + NASA’s early warning system to detect asteroids received its first take a look at. (CNN

5 Elements of Kenya are slowly sliding underwater 
And a whole lot of hundreds of individuals are being displaced consequently. (The Guardian)
  + How rising groundwater brought on by local weather change may devastate coastal communities. (TR)
  + The promise of photo voltaic canal panels. (The Subsequent Net

6 How Chinese language professors received caught up in a spying panic within the US
And, in some circumstances, noticed their livelihoods torn to shreds consequently. (New Yorker $)
  + The US authorities is ending the China Initiative. Now what? (TR

7 Inside a ransomware gang’s group chats
The Conti gang extorted $180 million from corporations final yr. Now it desires to diversify into crypto initiatives. (Wired $)

8 Netflix thinks it might probably guilt you into paying for these passwords you share
Simply after it considerably hiked costs. Good luck with that. (Gizmodo)

9 How is Instagram going to keep away from internet hosting stolen NFTs?
It seems like a minor consideration nevertheless it’s actually not, given the world of NFTs is awash with them. (The Subsequent Net)
  + Spotify is planning to hitch within the crypto craze. (FT $) 

10 Elon Musk is beefing with Chechnya’s brutal dictator on Twitter
Warning: extraordinarily excessive ranges of poisonous masculinity detected. (Vice)

“I believe he’s a battle felony.”

—President Joe Biden delivers his sharpest rebuke but of Russian chief Vladimir Putin.

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  + Pleased St Patrick’s Day to those that rejoice it! And earlier than you resolve whether or not to rejoice it, you would possibly wish to take this quiz
  + These social media accounts are certain to cheer you up. 
  + A surprisingly touching interview with the residing legend that’s Denzel Washington.
  + GUTTED to study the world’s largest ‘potato’ is, in truth, not a potato
  + The place you’ll discover a number of the finest sunsets and sunrises on this planet. 
  + My internal little one was thrilled by this completely pointless, but completely hilarious, weapon.
  + A kind of bat not seen in 40 years has been present in Rwanda.


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