Studies show having power can cause brain damage. 

This new study brings a whole new meaning to the oft-repeated phrase power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely. Feeling powerful impairs the neural process of mirroring. Over time, it may cause functional changes to the brain. | learn more

Placebos can work as medicine. 

Everyone knows that there’s a placebo effect in blind studies, where pills without active drugs still cause patients to feel better. Studies now find that this is true even if the patient knows the pill is…

Gene editing is coming. 

Amy Webb makes an argument calling for the US to develop a “Biology Strategy” to address the rise of CRISPR gene editing. This is coincidentally the topic addressed in all-too-real science fiction author Daniel Suarez’s…

An accidental vaccine for mental illness? 

Neuroscientist Rebecca Brachman has stumbled upon a paravaccine (vaccine-like prophylactic drugs) that seems to inoculate mice against the effects of stress. It may be effective against depression and PTSD. | learn more

Water from thin air. 

A new type of material called Metal-Organic Framework (MOF) has enabled an MIT team to create a device that, “has proven itself capable of harvesting about a cup of water per kilogram of MOF over…

Elon Musk’s new company Neuralink. 

Elon Musks’ new company will build interfaces that connect computers directly to your brain. If you’ve never read posts on Wait but Why, now is the time to start. Tim Urban uses his uniquely awesome writing…