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Imagine if the media covered alcohol like other drugs

<i>What if the media covered alcohol like it does other drugs? This was a question that came up in my coverage of</i> <b>flakka</b><i>, a synthetic drug that made headlines after law enforcement blamed it for people running in the streets naked in delusional paranoia. What follows is a satirical attempt at capturing</i> …

New Orleans

Neuroscience's New Consciousness Theory Is Spiritual

"Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality" -Carl Sagan<p>It appears that we are approaching a unique time in the history of man and science where empirical measures and deductive reasoning can actually inform us spiritually. Integrated Information …

Consciousness

What is it like to have never felt an emotion?

Some people seem to lack the capacity to feel joy, sorrow or love. David Robson discovers the challenges and surprising advantages of “alexithymia”.<p>Caleb is telling me about the birth of his son, now eight months old. “You know you hear parents say that the first time they looked at their kid, they …

Psychology

Robot mother builds 'cube babies' then watches them take first steps

Cambridge University has built evolution by natural selection into a robot for the first time<p>A ‘mother’ robot which can build its own ‘children’, test which ones do best, then modify their design, has been developed by scientists at Cambridge University.<p>In an astonishing video released by the …

Robotics

These Photos Show Why 'Perfectly Imperfect' Animals Are Worthy Of Homes, Too

A dog with three legs is just as good as a dog with four; he just needs somebody to lean on.<p>But although animals with handicaps can be just as charming and lovable as their counterparts, they rarely get the same amount of attention from potential adopters. With her portrait series "Perfect …

Animals

This infographic shows how likely different races are to go to prison

The criminal justice system in America is racially skewed, and as incarceration rates continue to climb, studies have found that African-Americans are disproportionately affected to a significant extent.<p>This illustration from the Sentencing Project shows exactly how stark the racial disparity is in …

High School

No Man’s Sky: the game where you can explore 18 quintillion planets

It’s a game where you’re unlikely to meet other players, no one will win and it will take over four billion years to explore it all. And that’s why it’s the most anticipated title for decades.<p>Sean Murray is sweating in an Uber cab as it lurches to the staccato rhythm of Los Angeles traffic. The …

No Man's Sky

Artist manipulates photos into surreal and dreamlike scenes

Typically, when we feature Sarah DeRemer's artwork, we're weirded out by her animal mashups. But this time, we're going to peek into her dream …

Digital Art

The Senate's experiment with cannabis

Hardliners on Judiciary open up to research on medical pot<p>Obamacare. Gay weddings. Now pot?<p>As progressives celebrate a couple of big wins in Washington – the Supreme Court upholding the Affordable Care Act and legalizing same-sex marriage – another issue has remained firmly stuck at the national …

Cannabis

Tiny Homes for the Homeless

The recession of 2008 caused a steep rise in the number of homeless people, and the recovering real estate market has made it difficult for those …

Housing

How Watership Down came to be

The week’s best arts and culture reads – including a new album that’s among the greatest ever recorded and why The Interview flatters Kim Jong-un.<p>Creating Watership Down<br>Alison Flood | Guardian | 4 January 2015<p>Conversation with Richard Adams, now 94, about his classic children’s story, Watership …

New Albums

Poker program Cepheus is unbeatable, claim scientists

Cepheus learned poker by playing over a billion billion hands – more than have been played in the entirety of human history<p>‘Perfect’ online poker bot Cepheus has one flaw: it can’t adapt<p>It may not win every hand it is dealt, but over time, no one can beat Cepheus, a computer program that scientists …

Artificial Intelligence

Danny Trejo And His Dogs Want To Wish You A Merry Christmas

If you woke up this Christmas morning looking for a sign that the world is full of joy and wonder and magic, please allow me to direct your attention toward this holiday tweet from a festive, shirtless, jorts-wearing Danny Trejo and his collection of dogs. (I see you over there on the left, little …

Back with a bong: why we need stoner movies more than ever

What is it that we love about cinema’s stoners? As Inherent Vice hits our screens, we look at how toking antiheroes like The Big Lebowski’s Dude freed the weed from the dopey comedies of Cheech and Chong<p>The shot of the year comes early for UK audiences in 2015 – a tableau in Inherent Vice. Owen …

5 Ways to Soothe Anxious Dogs

Pets can become stressed for several different reasons. From new roommates to fireworks to long travel hours, dogs react to changes in their environment similar to how we do.<p>Many types of canine anxiety problems exist. Separation anxiety can occur when a dog is left alone for long periods of time. …

Pets

The #1 Song the Beatles Turned Down

<i>Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website or at Facebook.</i><p>The Beatles had …