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A £150 Blunt and Other Products from the World of High-End Weed

You want a strain called God's Vagina 2.0? Maybe some Chrontella or Pif peanut butter?<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE US</i><p>Along a bougie strip of colorful brick businesses on Toronto's King St. West that includes doggie spas and cupcake bakeries sits 416 Medicinal Health Center, one of the …

Mexico has a chance to be the world's 'next great power'

Mexico has the 11th-highest GDP in the world based on purchasing power parity, according to the International Monetary Fund. As Europe weakens, it will be in the top 10 in the not-too-distant future.<p>Yet, this country is regarded by many Americans as a Third World nation, dominated by drug cartels …

Uber's new service will drive you into Mexico (but it won't drive you back)

Uber is offering a new way to visit Mexico.<p>On Friday, it will launch Passport, its first cross-border service, offering one-way transportation from San Diego to anywhere in the northern Baja California region.<p>Destinations can be as far south as Ensenada and as far east as Mexicali. The service is …

Filmmakers Find Dam Removal Has Captured the Public’s Imagination

Adventure<p><b>A year after their award-winning film came out, the DamNation filmmakers share a look at the growing public support for “deadbeat” dam removal in the U.S.</b><p>This past summer, a demolition crew used a battery of explosives to destroy the last section of the 210-foot-tall Glines Canyon Dam on …

Vatican observatory where priests are also astrophysicists

The desert landscape in America's South West is literally awe-inspiring - the scale, the beauty and the sheer emptiness has always made humans question their place in the Universe.<p>That is particularly true at night when the sky, unpolluted by man-made light sources, is filled with stars.<p>It is no …

Americans are too blinded by fandom to save football from destroying itself

Back at the start of the current American football season, the US’s favorite game was on its knees, mired in a series of unprecedented scandals.<p>Consider September alone: Elevator footage surfaced showing a player, Ray Rice, knocking his wife unconscious. The National Football League’s top executive …

This is what happens when you ask hundreds of architects to design Santa's workshop

Invisible buildings and public climbing walls<p>If you've ever wondered what would happen if you told a bunch of architects to design a building without worrying about the realities of budgets, bylaws, or building codes, here's your chance to find out. A competition run by Helsinki Design Week and a …

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The Unexpected Consequences of Success

Everybody loves a winner, right? No, unfortunately, not always. In my coaching practice, many executives and entrepreneurs vent their frustrations with the unexpected negative consequences of their success — such as their anxiety over being able to maintain their winning streak, the fear that they …

Conservationists Spar With Fishermen Over World’s Largest Marine Monument

Federal officials weigh arguments on President Obama’s proposal to expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument.<p><b>President Obama’s proposal in June to expand a marine sanctuary around seven U.S.-controlled islands and atolls in the central Pacific Ocean drew immediate praise from</b> …

A high-powered telescope peers into the dark heart of a black hole

There's a supermassive black hole lurking at the heart of every galaxy. Our own galaxy, the Milky Way, has one at its center called Sagittarius A. Now, a high-powered NASA telescope is helping scientists understand black holes like never before.<p>“Black holes aren't just a minor constituent of the …

Mick Jagger, Sting, David Gilmour Sign Letter Urging Scotland to Stay in U.K.

More than 200 celebrities, including Mick Jagger, Sting, Stephen Hawking and Helena Bonham Carter, have signed an open letter asking Scots to vote in …

'He was given a gift from God' - The Lionel Messi story

The Barcelona and Argentina star ended the year without a major trophy despite his best efforts in front of goal. Watch our exclusive documentary here!<p>The 2013-14 season was an unusual one in the trophy-laden career of Lionel Messi — he did not pick up any major medals over the course of the …

Europe's Bitcoin Entrepreneurs Winning Investor Seal Of Approval

The collapse of digital currency exchange Mt Gox earlier this year may have cast major doubts over the future of bitcoin, but the industry has continued to evolve at pace, and investment in bitcoin companies appears to show no signs of slowing.<p>In the second quarter of this year bitcoin start-ups …

The Week in Review: Marijuana Goes Mainstream

In recent years, American social policy became a very sticky subject. Issues ranging from gay marriage to gun ownership are hotly politicized, and …

How the Next Generation Is Approaching Society’s Biggest Problems

Though governments around the world have mounted massive campaigns to address poverty, expensive (and poor) healthcare, crime, and ineffective education, daunting challenges remain. Fortunately, we are witnessing three fundamental changes that offer hope.<p>First, private citizens, particularly …

How many Greek legends were really true?

<b>The culture and legends of ancient Greece have a remarkably long legacy in the modern language of education, politics, philosophy, art and science. Classical references from thousands of years ago continue to appear. But what was the origin of some of these ideas?</b><p><b>1. Was there ever really a Trojan</b> …

Smith & Wesson hit for overseas bribes

Smith & Wesson has found itself on the wrong side of the law while trying to sell guns to police officials overseas.<p>The Massachusetts-based company has agreed to pay the U.S. government $2 million for bribing officials in Pakistan, Indonesia and other countries as it tried to sell firearms to …

Squid Protein Could Help Brains 'Talk' to Computers

Unfortunately it won't allow humans to squirt ink, at least not yet.<p>In the most advanced prosthetics--such as this crazy mind-controlled robotic arm--electronic hardware interfaces directly with nerves and muscles in the human body. But getting living tissue to play nice with a circuit board is …

25 Business Books that You Won't See on Most Bookshelves

<i>Gregory Ciotti is the marketing director at Help Scout.This post originally appeared on the Help Scout blog.</i><p>Read to lead, right?<p>Have you visited TNW's hype-free blockchain and cryptocurrency news site yet?It's called Hard Fork.TAKE ME THERE<p>There are few better “hacks” in life than reading—distilled …

Tattoos Still Reduce Chances Of Getting Hired, Study Finds

That body art of yours better be getting you some good attention on the street, because it's certainly not helping you get a new job anytime soon.<p>Yes, visible tattoos still carry a negative connotation among employers and could be hurting your chances of getting hired, according to a new study by …

The CEO of Coca-Cola on Using the Company’s Scale for Good

<b>Recent research</b> <b>shows spending money on corporate social responsibility is no longer seen as a detriment to a company’s profitability. Stock analysts now view such expenditures as essential to a company’s long-term brand and value. Coca-Cola is one of the many companies that are making efforts to</b> …

Japan Release Special-Edition Pikachu World Cup Shirt

Japan picked Pikachu as their unofficial World Cup mascot. Now certain fans can buy a Japan shirt that features the Pokemon character on it.<p>In a special Adidas Japan shirt that (unfortunately...maybe) will not be available in the UK or North America, Pikachu will be featured alongside the …

Manchester United just fired its manager—and investors are thrilled

Shares of Manchester United, one of the world’s richest soccer clubs and probably the world’s most valuable publicly listed sporting organization, are up by as much as 7% today, and hitting their highest levels in about 11 months.<p>Why? The club fired manager David Moyes today after what some are …

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Hunger Games: What's Behind Yelp's Fake Restaurant Reviews?

When it comes to scouting out a new bakery, pizzeria or noodle shop, there are few review sites that compare to Yelp. In turn, the reviews left on sites like Yelp can have a big effect on many restaurants' bottom lines.<p>That's created a huge incentive for businesses to write fake positive reviews …

The world’s fattest major country consumes an astounding amount of Coca-Cola products

<i>This article has been corrected.</i><p>Mexico has approved both a soda tax and a junk food tax, which it expects to generate some $16 billion annually. But there’s a deeper reason why the taxes, like large swaths of the Mexican populace, are so hefty: Something has to be done about Mexico’s eating …

$5,000 gets you an eHarmony counselor to manage your dating profile

Online dating site eHarmony.com announced a new service that might seem counterintuitive for an online dating site: human matchmaking. It’s called eH+, and offers a one-year contract with a “personal counselor” for $5,000.<p>Among online dating sites, this move seems unexpected from eHarmony, best …