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Why Everything we Know About Addiction Might be Wrong

100 years ago, drugs were banned in the United States, yet this ban hasn’t done anything to reduce or eradicate addiction. How did that happen? In recent weeks, an animated video, adapted from Johann Hari’s Chasing The Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, has been making its rounds on the...

How the Media Should Rewrite its Live Coverage Rules to Fight New Administration’s Lies

Between Sean Spicer’s inauguration statistics lies (during his debut press briefing, no less), Kellyanne Conway’s mythical “Bowling Green Massacre”, and President Trump’s tendency to broadcast misleading, if not entirely fictitious facts, it seems that this administration is rapidly redefining the government’s relationship with the media and revolutionizing the way the public is consuming it. Now,...

This Inspiring Teen Uses her Terminal Illness to Change the Way We Look at Death

“The people who have been through the most are the people with the most to give” – Claire Wineland. At birth, 19-year-old Claire Wineland was diagnosed with a chronic and terminal disease called Cystic Fibrosis (CF). CF causes excess mucus buildup in her organs, causing infections, extensive damage and eventually total shut down. Going through over 30...

bb_addiction_feat_free Why Everything we Know About Addiction Might be Wrong

100 years ago, drugs were banned in the United States, yet this ban hasn’t done anything to reduce or eradicate addiction. How did that happen? In recent weeks, an animated video, adapted from Johann Hari’s...

screen-shot-2017-02-23-at-11-47-55-am How the Media Should Rewrite its Live Coverage Rules to Fight New Administration’s Lies

Between Sean Spicer’s inauguration statistics lies (during his debut press briefing, no less), Kellyanne Conway’s mythical “Bowling Green Massacre”, and President Trump’s tendency to broadcast misleading, if not entirely fictitious facts, it seems that this...

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 04:  Claire Wineland attends PTTOW! Summit at Terranea Resort on April 4, 2016 in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.  (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for PTTOW!) This Inspiring Teen Uses her Terminal Illness to Change the Way We Look at Death

“The people who have been through the most are the people with the most to give” – Claire Wineland. At birth, 19-year-old Claire Wineland was diagnosed with a chronic and terminal disease called Cystic Fibrosis (CF)....

rs-aclu-43b571ac-f7ca-403d-8735-a04d8e5956b9 ACLU & Famous Startup Accelerator Team Up Against Trump in Unlikely Partnership

Y Combinator is a big name in Silicon Valley, known as the venture capital company with a hand in helping ambitious startups like Airbnb, Dropbox, Stripe, and Twitch.tv get off the ground. Twice a year,...

screen-shot-2017-02-13-at-10-05-03-am Why You Should Be Concerned that USDA Removed Animal Welfare Reports from its Website

Earlier this month, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) deleted thousands of documents regarding animal welfare—including inspection records and annual reports for commercial animal institutions like zoos, breeders, pet stores, and laboratories—from its website....

Photo by ANJA RINGGREN LOVÉN Remember This Nigerian “Witch Boy”? He’s Happy, Healthy and Off to School

Last year, a starving toddler was left for dead by his parents in a small village in Nigeria before being rescued by Danish aid worker Anja Ringgren Loven—the woman who gave him his name. “I...

trump-racists People Were Scared Trump’s Presidency Would Bring Racism out of the Woodwork. It is.

The 2016 U.S. presidential election will likely go down in the history books as one of the ugliest and most controversial in the United States history. From Donald Trump’s first controversial remarks on illegal immigrants...

gettyimages-632122508-1280x720 Should Kellyanne Conway be Blacklisted From the Media? CNN Seems to Think So

Speaking a few days ago with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews in defense of President Trump’s widely-derided immigration ban, senior advisor to the president Kellyanne Conway had the following to say: “I bet it’s brand-new information to people...

editswim Study Warns: Half of Our Jobs Will Disappear in the Next 25 Years

Although unemployment sounds like an inherently negative concept, an ideal, functioning government has to maintain a small percentage of unemployed workers at all times. The U.S. Federal Reserve estimates that the lowest sustainable level of...

screen-shot-2017-01-20-at-12-53-48-pm What We Really Know About the Controversial New Drug That Makes Us Smarter

The era of the ‘smart drugs’ has well and truly begun. With the promise of cognitive enhancement, creative expansion, and heightened memory function for users, the potential of these supplements is undeniably riveting, and with...

ptsd1 How Trump’s Hiring Freeze is Hurting U.S. Veterans

The week following Donald Trump’s inauguration as President of the United States has been one fraught with chaos and controversy. Amidst blocking federal funding for any global health organisations that provide abortion, withdrawing from Trans-Pacific...

Screen Shot 2016-02-11 at 12.34.19 PM Ancient Greek ‘Computer’ Proves They Had Everything Figured Out Way Before Us

In the year 1900, a group of sponge divers were exploring the ocean floor off the coast of Antikythera, a Greek island in the Aegean Sea. There they came across an ancient ship wreck that...

screen-shot-2017-01-03-at-3-32-39-pm This Futuristic Brain Implant Aims to Improve Our Memory

The world of neuroprosthetics is an extraordinary and ground-breaking branch of neuroscience that is set to change the face of medicine as we currently understand it. Arguably the most successful form of neuroprosthetic that we...

Buddhist Monks Praying at Wedding Ceremony Explained: How Tibetan Monks Use Meditation to Raise Their Body Temperature

In a remote Buddhist monastery in Northern India, a group of monks sit calmly, lightly dressed and unaffected by the shockingly low temperatures of their surroundings (40 degrees Fahrenheit / 4 degrees Celcius). They are...

screen-shot-2016-12-21-at-10-57-45-am Trump’s Immigration Policy: Who Needs Facts When You Have Lies

In the lead up to this year’s election, we have heard a lot of numbers bandied around when it comes to immigration. It’s hard to understand just how politicians found these figures and what those...

drinkable-book This New Water Filter Kills 99% of Bacteria & Helps Millions of People

Across the world, 663 million people do not have access to clean water. 1,000 children per day die due to preventable water and sanitation related diseases. For people in developing nations, finding clean water is a...

1000509261001_2008586720001_bio-barack-obama-sf-fix-retry What Obama Has Really Accomplished in 8 Years in Office

America has changed a lot since eight years ago, when Barack Obama was inaugurated as 44th President of the United States. How much of that change is down to the man in the Oval Office?...

screen-shot-2017-01-10-at-11-20-01-am This ‘Bionic’ Suit Can Help People with Disabilities Walk Again

The concept of a lightweight bodysuit that amplifies human strength and mobility whilst healing the body may well strike you as outlandishly futuristic, and perhaps a little frightening for its destructive superhuman potential. However, Superflex,...