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The Smart and Big Money Continues to Flow into the Cannabis Market

I had been under the impression that we are now in the era of gathering picks and shovels when it comes to the smart direction legislators are heading about cannabis. But in a recent chat with Derek Peterson, I became convinced we are much further along. Peterson is CEO of Terra Tech Corporation, …

Cannabis

Cannabis Entrepreneurs Worried as Big Businesses Move Into Industry

Steve DeAngelo, a veteran marijuana activist turned entrepreneur, warns that as marijuana prohibition ends and corporations start entering the industry, the pioneers could lose their place to disruptive technologies and business models.<p>Marijuana legalization means that bigger corporate interests …

Cannabis

The Weird Global Appeal of Heavy Metal

From Indonesia to Latin America, Russia to Japan, metal is taking hold<p>Today’s “world music” isn’t Peruvian pan flutes or African talking drums. It’s loud guitars, growling vocals and ultrafast “blast” beats. Heavy metal has become the unlikely soundtrack of globalization.<p>Indonesia is a metal …

Eastern Europe

NASA to send art to asteroid Bennu -- and you're invited to submit your work

<b>(CNN) —</b> You may not ever get to go to space, but if you have a knack for art, you could send your paintings, poems or songs to an asteroid.<p>NASA is inviting the public to send art to an asteroid on its new spacecraft: the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith …

Asteroids

Edible Weed May Be Half of the $5.4 Billion Pot Business

Peggy Noonan knows a thing or two about marijuana. She was a drug runner between Mexico and the U.S., before earning her living as a dealer in …

Cannabis

What are we to make of Trump's blue-collar support?

It is by now a truism that Donald Trump poses a knotty conundrum for his competitors in the Republican Party, who can attack him and his retrograde sentiments only at the cost of alienating Trump's supporters, whose votes they need to win.<p>Less obvious, or at least less discussed, is the parallel …

Coffee could literally be a lifesaver

<b>(CNN) —</b> Throughout the ages, coffee has been called a virtue and a vice for our health. The latest study comes down in favor of virtue: It says that drinking coffee, whether regular or decaf, could reduce the risk of death.<p>Researchers started with data from surveys of adults in the United States …

Coffee

Pentagram Brands Snoop Dogg’s New Line Of Weed

Pentagram partner Emily Oberman gets high (design) with Snoop.<p>Snoop Dogg, aka Snoop Lion, aka Snoop Doggy Dog, doesn’t make any bones about it. He loves pot. The rap icon has just launched Leafs by Snoop, a brand of cannabis-based products including custom flavors of buds, edibles, and …

Graphic Design

The golden Pax vaporizer is what mainstream pot culture looks like

Maybe the slow cultural acceptance of marijuana is tied to how ugly it looks when smoked. Cigarettes and cigars will kill you, but damn if a century of media and marketing hasn’t made them look cool doing it. The face of pot, though, is my college roommate carving a bong out of a Dasani bottle. Or, …

Cannabis

This Is Your Sex on Drugs

Some drugs can open you up to complete ecstasy, while others are complete boner killers.<p>"A lot of people use a lot of different drugs," Matthew Johnson, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins University, recently told VICE. "And a lot of people have sex. You name the …

Johns Hopkins University

We spoke with some of the astronomers who discovered the 'alien' megastructure to find out if it's fact or fiction

And while some are saying that this star could be harboring a giant structure built by an advanced alien civilization, the scientists behind the hype are saying otherwise.<p>Business Insider recently spoke with two of these astronomers to find out what's really going on and if this structure really is …

Universe

The Mystery of Mastery

<b>Mastery: The feeling that we have a greater command of reality, other people and ourselves.</b><p><b>Robert Greene -- Mastery</b><p>Most of us have a hard time even feeling adequate, but the truth is we were built for <b>MASTERY</b> whether we are aware of it or not. Plus, we all have the ability to get on the path of …

Self-improvement

Fledgling Marijuana Industry Pressing Through Labor Pains

PHOENIX – The developing national marijuana industry is still sifting through labor disputes long since settled in other lines of work.<p>Employees have found that no line of work is quite like marijuana – and not always in a good way. Most bosses must pay their workers in cash, hampered by federal …

Cannabis

Why Amazon And Entrepreneurs Are Bullish On Mexico

Kristen Durham Contributor<p>Kristen Durham is the director of Latin America for Silicon Valley Bank.<p>Imagine a country with 100 million mobile phones, but just 15 percent of residents have a credit card. A country where more than half of the population is under age 27, but less than half has Internet …

Venture Capital

14 unusual hot dog topping ideas for your Fourth of July barbecue

This Fourth of July, skip the ketchup and mustard — there are better ways to top the humble hot dog.<p>Instead, raid your pantry for condiments and …

Hot Dogs

Forget s'mores and friendship bracelets: This camp teaches girls to make their own apps

Last summer, Bay Area teenager Sanjana Soni, 15, had an idea: What if you could make a pair of shoes outfitted with electronic sensors that change …

Sheryl Sandberg

10 Most Compelling Pieces Of Evidence That Aliens Have Walked Among Us

As Arthur C. Clarke said “Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.” When considering …

The Gamification of a Successful Sales Culture

How one CEO turned a sales competition into the trip of a lifetime.<p>We've seen it time and time again: high-stress sales teams whose members ruthlessly stab each other in the back just to get ahead. Even though the company's revenue is technically the end goal, individual success is often put above …

Dominican Republic

20 Basic Cooking Techniques That Every Home Chef Should Master

<b>There are an endless amount of cooking techniques one should know</b>, but let's just start with the basics. Master these 20, and we'll definitely be coming over for dinner.

Cooking

Pope Francis to stop in Cuba en route to U.S., Vatican announces

Pope Francis on Wednesday confirmed he will travel to Cuba before his trip to the United States in September.<p>His spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, announced at the Vatican that Francis had accepted the invitations of Cuban government officials and the island's Roman Catholic bishops to …

Marijuana delivery service expands in state after L.A. operations halted

A medical marijuana delivery app that was shut down in Los Angeles announced Thursday that it will be offering its services in other cities across California and in Seattle and Portland.<p>Nestdrop will deliver to medical marijuana patients in Pasadena, Glendale, Garden Grove and Fullerton, with plans …

How Relationship Experts Knew They Found 'The One'

"When you know, you know." That's the conventional wisdom when it comes to figuring out if the person you're dating is the person you'll be with in the <i>long</i>, long term.<p>But when and how does that seemingly elusive feeling of assurance strike? We recently asked a group of married relationship experts …

Relationships

Sarah Silverman shows off her 'liquid pot' vaporizer before winning an Emmy

7:30PM ET, showing off her vape pen on the E! Red Carpet special: "This is my pot. It's liquid pot."<p>9:40PM ET, accepting the Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special (for her HBO standup special <i>We are Miracles</i>): "We're all just made of molecules and we're hurtling through space right now."<p><i>Perhaps</i> …

Mindfulness. The Key to Productivity?

<i>So mindfulness and productivity walk in to a bar...</i><p>Have you heard this one? Probably not, because it's unimaginable. Why would mindfulness and productivity be hanging out? After all, mindfulness is about being in the present moment, living consciously and joyfully, paying attention on purpose. …

Mindfulness

The left’s secret midterm weapon: How marijuana ballot initiatives can change turnout

With so much support for medical marijuana, Dems could get surprising boost on the ballot. Except one big holdout<p>The midterm election is almost in full swing and the lies and obfuscations are coming fast and furious. Yesterday, we found out that Karl Rove's group American Crossroads is running ads …

Tiny flying robots are being built to pollinate crops instead of real bees

Honeybees, which pollinate nearly one-third of the food we eat, have been dying at unprecedented rates because of a mysterious phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder (CCD). The situation is so dire that in late June the White House gave a new task force just 180 days to devise a coping …

The unstoppable march of the upward inflection?

<b>Whether it's called the upward inflection, high-rising terminal or simply "uptalk", the habit of making statements sound like questions is a genuine linguistic mystery, writes Chris Stokel-Walker.</b><p>The habit of ending statements with a stress that makes them sound a bit like questions is one that …

Language