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  1. Jon Nelson sits next to his son.
    Health & Medicine

    How brain implants are treating depression

    This six-part series follows people whose lives have been changed by an experimental treatment called deep brain stimulation.

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  2. A photo of Amanda sitting on a couch looking at the camera.
    Neuroscience

    Today’s depression treatments don’t help everyone

    In the second story in the series, deep brain stimulation is a last resort for some people with depression.

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  3. A computer monitor shows various brain imagery, while two surgeons operating on a person are visible in the background.
    Health & Medicine

    The science behind deep brain stimulation for depression

    The third part of the series explores the promising brain areas to target for deep brain stimulation for depression.

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  4. A photo of the connector cords used for external electrodes on a cap which can be seen on a man's head in the background.
    Neuroscience

    What’s it like to live with deep brain stimulation for depression?

    The fourth article in the series explores the physical and emotional challenges of experimental brain implants for depression.

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  5. Jon Nelson walks along a New York subway platform holding a bag.
    Health & Medicine

    There’s a stigma around brain implants and other depression treatments

    The fifth article in the series asks why people are so uncomfortable with changing the brain.

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  6. A photo of Jon Nelson and his family.
    Neuroscience

    What’s the future of deep brain stimulation for depression?

    The final story of the series describes efforts to simplify and improve brain implants for severe depression.

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  7. An image of a map of the world.
    Oceans

    ‘The Deepest Map’ explores the thrills — and dangers — of charting the ocean

    A new book follows the race to map the seafloor, documenting how it’s done, why and what a clear view of the deep sea could mean for Earth’s future.

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  8. In a black and white photo, Emma Rotor is show from the shoulders up with a smirk expression.
    Physics

    Filipino math teacher Emma Rotor helped develop crucial WWII weapons tech

    Devoted wife of a famed Filipino writer, Emma Unson Rotor worked on the proximity fuze at a U.S. agency in the 1940s.

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  9. Cartoon illustration shows five people sitting around a table with a cake that has been cut in the middle with a knife and additional plates with cake on them in the foreground. Everyone has different sized cake slices on their plates. Only one person looks happy.
    Math

    Here’s why mathematicians are so interested in cake cutting

    The question of how to fairly divide resources attracts game theorists, computer scientists, economists, legal experts and more.

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