Author - Soren Dreier


14 Questions Researchers Have About Marijuana

Marijuana is now more accessible — legally — than it has been since it was first banned in the “Reefer Madness” era of the 1930s, but that doesn’t mean researchers think we fully understand the plant or how its use affects people. Far from it. We know enough to say that...

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Forecasting Happiness

“How often is it the case, that, when impossibilities have come to pass, and dreams have condensed their misty substance into tangible realities, we find ourselves calm amid circumstances which it would have been a delirium of joy to anticipate!” (Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1846 in...

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How Hemp Cleans Up Nuclear Radiation And Toxic Soil

Europe’s largest steel mill is in the city of Taranto in southern Italy. In its heyday, the ILVA steel plant produced more than 10 million tons of steel every year—about 40 percent of all the steel made in Italy—and it currently employs about 12,000 people. This is no small deal in an...

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Austerity Kills… And Then Some

Yes, austerity really kills real people, and it kills the societies they live in. Let’s try and explain this in simple terms. It’s a simple topic after all. Austerity is a mere left-over from faith-based policies derived from shoddy economics, and economics is a shoddy field to begin with...

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The Dark Town That Built a Giant Mirror

The inhabitants of Rjukan in southern Norway have a complex relationship with the Sun. “More than other places I’ve lived, they like to talk about the Sun: when it’s coming back, if it’s a long time since they’ve seen the Sun,” says artist Martin Andersen. “They’re a little obsessed with...

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Medical Cannabis – The Healing Pros and Cons

In the 1970’s, comic duo Cheech and Chong had fun with their dead-on impressions of two chronically stoned “potheads.” But, in 2017, it appears that marijuana is beginning to lose its “Cheech and Chong” associations. The use of medical cannabis is currently legal in 28 states, and...

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Radon: Is This Deadly Gas Lurking in Your Home?

Did you know that breathing radon for prolonged periods can present a significant health risk to you and your family? According to the Surgeon General’s National Health Advisory, millions of homes have an elevated radon level and more than 20,000 Americans die of radon-related lung cancer...

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Arctic Ice Loss Driven by Natural Swings

Natural swings in the Arctic climate have caused up to half the precipitous losses of sea ice around the North Pole in recent decades, with the rest driven by man-made global warming, scientists said on Monday. The study indicates that an ice-free Arctic Ocean, often feared to be just...

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Is Having a Cry Good For Our health?

Until recently, scientists and authors were at stark disagreement over the point of crying. In King Henry VI, Shakespeare wrote, “to weep is to make less the depth of grief”, and the American writer Lemony Snicket said “unless you have been very, very lucky, you know...

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Green Light

David Bowie called Lorde ‘The Future of Music’.
In her latest ‘Green Light’ there’s plenty of references to the works of Bowie.
Special Lady……

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Dishonesty Gets Easier The More You Do It

Cast your mind back over the past week. How many times were you tempted to act dishonestly? Perhaps you were given too much change at the pub and deliberated whether to tell the barman. Maybe you thought of lying about your weekend plans in order to avoid an awkward dinner party...

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Last night, most of us went to the safety and comfort of our beds before drifting off to a night’s sleep. For some, this was the last conscious action before an episode of sleepwalking. Recent research from Stanford University shows that up to 4 per cent of adults might have had such an...

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Eye Strain: Causes, Symptoms & Natural Treatments

Eye strain — also called “tired eyes” or eye fatigue — is believed to be a problem for more people today than ever before. Why is this? With more time spent staring into electronically-lit screens everyday (such as phones or computers) along with less simply resting the eyes, most of us...

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It’s Time to Take the Gaia Hypothesis Seriously

Can a planet be alive? Lynn Margulis, a giant of late 20th-century biology, who had an incandescent intellect that veered toward the unorthodox, thought so. She and chemist James Lovelock together theorized that life must be a planet-altering phenomenon and the distinction between the...

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Australia Was Colonised by One Group 50,000 Years Ago

Historic hair samples collected from Aboriginal people show that following an initial migration 50,000 years ago, populations spread rapidly around the east and west coasts of Australia. Our research, published in Nature today, also shows that once settled, Aboriginal groups remained in...

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Americans Are Having Less Sex Than Ever

Americans are having less sex than ever. And that change is impacting folks from all walks of life — married and single. A new study in the Archives of Sexual Behavior draws on data from the General Social Survey, which has asked more then 26,000 people about their sexual habits since...

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Girls Today: Moving Beyond ‘How Do I Look?’

Alexandra lives in a peaceful, leafy subdivision in a suburb of Dallas, Texas, with her parents, a brother, a sister, and at the moment, five dogs—her family rescues dogs. Alexandra, who is 22 years old, rescues people. In high school she was president of the teen board of a suicide...

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10 Self Defense Tips for Women

In a perfect world, one would like to think that when disaster strikes, people would rush to help and support each other through it. And while people certainly will, such catastrophes unfortunately sometimes bring out the worst in many people as well. And these opportunistic predator...

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The Tribe That Sees Like No One Else

Nestled in a grassy valley of north-eastern Namibia, Opuwo may seem like a crumbling relic of colonial history. With a population of just 12,000, the town is so small that it would take less than a minute to drive from the road sign on one side of town to the shanty villages on other...

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