pain

video

Why Robots Need to Feel Pain

“Pain in the Machine” investigates whether pain and suffering are as essential for machine learning as they are for human cognitive development.
Becky Ferreira
11.1.16
Gaming

Pain Is Not a Game, But VR Games May Help With America’s Opioid Addiction

Virtual reality is better known for recreational use but is also quickly emerging as an effective method to treat pain.
Benjamin Perry
6.11.16
cats

How to Tell If Your Cat Is in Pain, According to a Panel of Cat Experts

A global panel of feline medical specialists reached the first broad consensus on 25 behaviors that indicate your cat is in pain.
Daniel Oberhaus
2.28.16
japan

Researchers Threatened a Robot With a Knife to See If Humans Cared

The first neurophysiological evidence of humans’ ability to feel for robots.
Emiko Jozuka
11.3.15
Music

Now We Know What Causes Tinnitus, That Never-Ending Ringing In Your Ears

The incessant ringing some people hear happens when the brain can’t process noise properly.
Kari Paul
9.23.15
video

Why Don't Some People Get Brain Freeze?

We talked to a neurologist and challenged our team to a slurpee-drinking contest to find out how the phenomenon works.
Kaleigh Rogers
9.3.15
jacked in

How Shining Light Into the Brain Can Switch On an Erection or Switch Off Pain

Blue lights and gene therapy could potentially be used to treat blindness, PTSD, and obesity.
Caleb Garling
6.9.15
News

People Who Don't Feel Pain Are Helping Us Find Better Pain Meds

New research has identified a gene associated with a lack of pain perception.
Kaleigh Rogers
5.25.15
News

Scientists Can Now Transform Blood Cells into Neurons

The breakthrough could lead to better pain medication.
Amanda Panacci
5.21.15
christmas

​I Burned My Finger on the Novelty USB-Powered Cup Warmer I Got for Christmas

The festive period is a hotbed of hazardous tech and consumer stupidity.​
Victoria Turk
12.29.14
death

'Suicide Tourism' to Switzerland Doubled Within Four Years

There is a growing demand for swift, painless deaths, and the Swiss are the only ones adequately meeting it.
Becky Ferreira
8.21.14
Features

The Internet of Pain: When Suffering Goes Viral

Our fascination with pain and suffering make them natural clickbait, a new kind of online “wound culture."
Roisin Kiberd
6.26.14
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