The vine Banisteriopsis caapi is one ingredient in ayahuasca, a psychedelic brew that Amazonian indigenous populations have long used for spiritual purposes.
Ayahuasca has long been used for indigenous healing and spiritual rituals. Now, a Brazilian clinical trial has confirmed that this psychoactive drink can help those with even severe depression.
Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway, Jeff Bezos of Amazon and Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan Chase created a health venture in January.
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Noted physician and author Atul Gawande was named CEO of a new health care venture aimed at cutting costs and improving care. But the most important man to keep an eye on in this effort isn't Gawande. It's the middleman.
An unhealthy diet is now the leading preventable risk factor for disease globally.
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New technologies do not discriminate between the promotion of a healthy or unhealthy diet. It’s how we apply them that matters.
Will there be fewer of these on Australian doorsteps?
Amazon has barred Australian shoppers from its US site, rather than contend with new GST rules on overseas purchases. But don't expect a stampede at your local branch of Harvey Norman as a result.
Amazon, Google and Apple's attempts to understand the tone of human voices can reflect human biases.
Seattle City Council tried raising taxes to help the homeless, and now it faces a political firestorm. There are better ways to fight the good fight.
Empty grocery stores could be a sign of the future as grocery stores struggle to make profits and consumer preferences for more choice and services, including online shopping, evolve.
Canada's bricks-and-mortar grocery stores are in trouble due to stagnant food prices and changing consumer preferences. More grocery store closures are likely on the horizon.
Some say the gig economy is capitalism's final victory, but maybe it's not.
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Indigenous communities lived in the Amazon for thousands of years without chopping down their forests.
Companies like Amazon create value for investors through their people, their invented systems and processes, and their physical presence.
Traditional accounting calculates a company's value by measuring physical assets and how much they owe. But we can tweak this for today's economy by including people and their ability to innovate.
A mythical Amazonia of lost tribes or lost cities is easy to challenge on a factual basis, but such objections appear rather feeble in the face of the power of cliché.
Amazon founder Jeff Besos.
How Jeff Bezos is plotting to take over the world -- and why Amazon’s dominance in e-commerce could be a threat to innovation.
It may seem convenient to think of technology companies as similar, but they’re really not.
When thinking about regulating them, it's useful to know Facebook, Amazon, Google, Apple and Microsoft have some similarities. But generally they're not competing with each other – or anyone else.
Fruit and vegetables department at Whole Foods Market.
In 2017 the US retail giant Amazon spent nearly $14 billion to acquire the Whole Foods Market grocery chain. What are the motivations behind this acquisition and who will be the winners and losers?
It isn’t that we should worry about AI becoming more human. We should fear ourselves becoming more artificial.
Tech companies can use differential privacy to collect and share aggregate data about user habits, while maintaining individual privacy.
How should privacy be protected in a world where data is gathered and shared with increasing speed and ingenuity? Differential privacy, a new model of cyber security, provides a potential solution.
The Amazon rainforest is fed by a rich network of creeks, streams and rivers. Informal road construction is now endangering this critical ecosystem.
Thousands of dirt roads crisscross the Brazilian Amazon, serving ranchers, loggers and miners. The area's fragile waterways — and the spectacular fish that live in them — pay a high price.
NRA TV’s content focuses on ideology rather than guns.
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Gun control advocates want to shut down the National Rifle Association's online video channel, NRA TV. A scholar looks at what its videos are actually about.
The history of the rubber 'boom' reveals why.
Myer’s place in the marketplace, and in the mind of the consumer, remains unclear.
What is lacking is Myer's heritage, and the need for this to be carefully reframed and updated for the present day.