What happens when technology knows more about us than we do? Poppy Crum studies how we express emotions -- and she suggests the end of the poker face is near, as new tech makes it easy to see the signals that give away how we're feeling. In a talk and demo, she shows how "empathetic technology" can read physical signals like body temperature and the chemical composition of our breath to inform on our emotional state. For better or for worse. "If we recognize the power of becoming technological empaths, we get this opportunity where technology can help us bridge the emotional and cognitive divide," Crum says.
A Mass. General Hospital study reveals how solid stress from nodular brain tumors compresses adjacent healthy tissue, restricts blood supply and damages neurons. The psychiatric drug lithium may be able to reduce these effects. (Giorgio Seano, PhD, Steele Laboratories of Tumor Biology, Department of Radiation Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital)