Category Archives: Society

Kiwis Taking To ‘Hillbilly Heroin’

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Author: Shane Cowlishaw

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New Zealanders are popping prescription pills with alarming regularity, and a painkiller known as "hillbilly heroin" is being handed out too easily. Results from this year's Global Drug Survey, conducted in partnership with Fairfax Media, found that, of the 5731 New Zealand respondents, two-thirds had used prescription anti-pain or anti-anxiety drugs...

History Of The Celts

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Author: Owen Jarus

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The “Celts” refer to a people that thrived in both ancient and modern times. Today, the term often refers to the cultures, languages and people that are based in Scotland, Ireland, other parts of the British Isles and Brittany in France. “Today six Celtic languages survive — the Gaelic group...

A Hard Childhood Accelerates Kids’ Cellular Aging

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Author: Carl Engelking

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In the musical “Annie,” a youthful Shirley Temple sings about the strenuous life of an orphan in “It’s the Hard Knock Life.” As it turns out, little Annie was wise beyond her years. A new study shows that children from stressful, disadvantaged social environments get kicked even at the cellular...

How the Digital Age Has Eroded Student Privacy

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Author: David R. Wheeler

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In 1965, when Mary Beth Tinker was 13 years old, she wore a black armband to her junior high school to protest the Vietnam War. The school promptly suspended her, but her protest eventually led to a landmark Supreme Court case: Tinker v. Des Moines. In their verdict, the court vindicated Tinker by...

Is the Quest for the Holy Grail Over?

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Author: Christopher Klein

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For centuries, the quest for the elusive Holy Grail has consumed Crusaders and archaeologists, inspired Arthurian legends and Hollywood blockbusters and sparked both the pen of Alfred Lord Tennyson and the comedy of Monty Python. Now, a pair of historians claim they have discovered the sacred relic inside a Spanish...

Airlines Call for More Security…

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Author: Associated Press

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The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 highlights the need for security improvements both in tracking aircraft and screening passengers before they board planes, the International Air Transport Association said Tuesday. The global airline body also announced it is creating a task force that will make recommendations by the end...

Psychic Spies of the Cold War

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Author: Paul Darin

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The U.S. government’s use of trained psychics for military application has a history dating back at least a few decades. Project Stargate was an umbrella codename for a project funded by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). It was created in response to intelligence reports that the Soviet Union was engaging...

How the 1964 Alaska Earthquake Shook Up Science

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Author: Becky Oskin - Video

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The earthquake struck at 5:36 p.m. Alaska Standard Time on Good Friday. When the first shaking hit, many parents were in the kitchen, fixing dinner. For more than 4 minutes, the earth buckled and lurched all across southern Alaska. Few people returned home to their meals that night. In Anchorage,...