SURGEONS USE LASERS TO BURN AWAY MENTAL ILLNESS

Nick Stockton at Wired A BRAIN SURGEON begins an anterior cingulotomy by drilling a small hole into a patient’s skull. The surgeon then inserts a tiny blade, cutting a path through brain tissue, then inserts a probe past sensitive nerves and bundles of blood vessels...

Let Google run the railroad

Holman Jenkins Jr at WSJ on how Congress railroaded the railroads. …At a cost of $13 billion or more, they must install tens of thousands of radio antennas along the track to inform a computerized locomotive about speed restrictions and other conditions ahead. A...

Wash Day

Ann Althouse posts about life before the washing machine, quoting at length from a book by Robert Caro. (PBS had an excellent series, “1900 House” where this labor was also explored.) The wash was done outside. A huge vat of boiling water would be...

13-year-old inventor helps the blind

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — In Silicon Valley, it’s never too early to become an entrepreneur. Just ask 13-year-old Shubham Banerjee. The California eighth-grader has launched a company to develop low-cost machines to print Braille, the tactile writing system for...