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Designed by psychologists, the free and anonymous web-based app can help you remember who you came in contact with. Ani Ka via Getty Images

This DIY contact tracing app helps people exposed to COVID-19 remember who they met

With new US COVID-19 cases topping 200,000 a day, contact tracers are overwhelmed. Here's how infected people can start tracing and notifying contacts themselves.
Probes that can transmit electricity inside the skull raise questions about personal autonomy and responsibility. Hellerhoff

It’s not my fault, my brain implant made me do it

Where does responsibility lie if a person acts under the influence of their brain implant? As neurotechnologies advance, a neuroethicist and a legal expert write that now's the time to hash it out.
Modern citizenship in the West increasingly involves a duty to care for ourselves — to eat healthily, exercise enough and even screen ourselves for disease — to minimize our health-care costs to the state. (Shutterstock)

Made health resolutions for 2020? You might not be living a free life

Are your new diet, exercise, meditation and self-care resolutions for 2020 really a personal choice? Or are you a model western "biocitizen," living a life of unfreedom?
Attempts to restructure our “obesogenic” food environment for health are often criticized - as restricting personal choice and freedom. (Shutterstock)

Is the food industry conspiring to make you fat?

Bombarded with unhealthy offerings by the food industry, we blame and shame ourselves for gaining weight. But is it really our fault, or are we being "entrapped?"

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