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Why Is Marijuana Banned? The Real Reasons Are Worse Than You Think

<i>By Johann Hari</i><p>Across the world, more and more people are asking: Why is marijuana banned? Why are people still sent to prison for using or selling it?<p>Most of us assume it's because someone, somewhere sat down with the scientific evidence, and figured out that cannabis is more harmful than other …

Cannabis

Wirelessly supplying power to brain

Human and animal movements generate slight neural signals from their brain cells. These signals obtained using a neural interface are essential for …

'Affluenza' Teen's Mom Deported From Mexico

The mother of “affluenza” teen Ethan Couch was deported from Mexico Wednesday and was headed to the U.S., a law enforcement source confirmed.<p>Tonya Couch was on a plane bound for Los Angeles International Airport, a law enforcement source close to the investigation told NBC News. The Associated …

Crime

Congress Extends 'Ceasefire' On Medical Marijuana, but Can They Clear the Smoke?

President Obama extended a federal “cease fire” in the 20-year war on state medical cannabis programs on Friday evening, when he signed theFY 2016 omnibus appropriations bill. The bill contains the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment which prohibits the Department of Justice from interfering with state …

Cannabis

A Turning Point For Quantum Computing

Dario Gil Contributor<p>Dario Gil is the vice president of Science and Technology at IBM Research.<p>Quantum computing is moving from theory and experimentation into engineering and applications.<p>But now that quantum computing is going mainstream, it is incumbent on businesses and governments to …

Quantum Computing

Scientists manipulate consciousness in rats

Scientists showed that they could alter brain activity of rats and either wake them up or put them in an unconscious state by changing the firing …

This Open Source DIY Solar Generator Unfolds Like a Flower

Outdoor concerts should be loud, but the generators used to run them should be silent… and green. Enter SunZilla, an open-source, DIY portable solar generator designed to replace conventional diesel generators at outdoor events or in remote locations. The device was created by members of …

Clean Energy

Why I started an investigation into female Islamic State supporters

To understand how ISIS were recruiting Western Jihadi brides, Poppy Begum researched the terror organisation's female sympathisers for a Channel 4 documentary<p>When three Bethnal Green schoolgirls left the UK to join ISIS earlier this year, I was appalled.<p>They had lived and gone to school just over a …

Islam

Biologists induce flatworms to grow heads and brains of other species

Biologists at Tufts University have succeeded in inducing one species of flatworm to grow heads and brains characteristic of another species of …

Gravity will rip Martian moon apart to form dust and rubble ring

Mars will become the fifth ringed planet as the largest of its two moons disintegrate - in 20 to 70 million years, according to new data<p>Mars is on course to become the fifth ringed planet in the solar system according to astronomers, who claim that its mini moon, Phobos, will one day disintegrate …

Astronomy

Humai Wants To Resurrect Humans Within 30 Years

A new quest to defeat death--or at least make it optional<p><i>Spoilers ahead for those who aren’t caught up,</i>​ but last season of Game of Thrones ended with a true Caesar ​outcome​ for all-around-hero (and potential Azor Ahai) Jon Snow. But unlike Caesar, today HBO teased the ​apparent​ resurrection of …

How Germans will get power when the sun doesn't shine

<i>This 10-part series looks at key potential growth areas around the world.</i><p>Contrary to what the recent Volkswagen emissions scandal would indicate, Germany generally scores well when it comes to environmental issues. And the country's recent push to phase out fossil and nuclear power and boost green …

Argentina changes direction with narrow election win for Mauricio Macri

Defeat for Cristina Kirchner's selected successor by centre-Right candidate hints at new era for South America's leftist regimes<p>Mauricio Macri, the new president of Argentina, danced on stage at a victory rally as he promised to usher in a "marvelous and historic new era" opening up the economy to …

Argentina

Suspected drone attack in Somalia kills five al Shabab fighters

A base of al Shabab fighters has been targeted in a reported drone strike leaving five people dead. It is not known who carried out the strike but …

Extremism

Recognising structure of language not unique to humans

Understanding language may seem like a uniquely human trait -- but new research suggests otherwise.<p>A study published in Nature Communications has …

Monkeys

Engineers are building a $1 billion telescope that will produce space images 10X sharper than Hubble

The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) will weight 2.4 million-pounds and may revolutionize our understanding of the universe. It uses seven giant mirrors to collect and focus the light to a point and eventually feeds into a series of sensitive instruments for complex analysis.<p>Construction of the …

Universe

Obama's drone war a 'recruitment tool' for Isis, say US air force whistleblowers

Four former service members – including three sensor operators – issue plea to rethink current airstrike strategy that has ‘fueled feelings of hatred’ toward US<p>Four former US air force service members, with more than 20 years of experience between them operating military drones, have written an …

National Security

The five most Earth-like exoplanets (so far)

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve read that the “first Earth-like exoplanet” has been discovered. With nearly 2000 exoplanets found to …

IS releases picture of bomb it says downed Russian plane

CAIRO (AP) — The Islamic State group has released a photo of the bomb it says was used to bring down a Russian passenger plane in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula last month, killing all 224 people on board.<p>The picture was published in the latest issue of the extremist group's English-language magazine, …

Airplanes

NASA sends its Valkyrie humanoid robots to college

NASA wants to send its 6-foot-tall, 290-pound humanoid robot R5 (which also goes by the more intimidating name "Valkyrie") to Mars and other extraterrestrial locations. The agency originally designed the R5 for search-and-rescue missions, though, so to prepare the machine for a future of …

Senegal considers burqa ban to stop terrorists disguising in Islamic dress

West African country may follow Chad and Cameroon in banning full-body cloak, saying decision is question of national security<p>Senegal is considering banning women from wearing the burqa, amid rising fears of Islamic extremism in the west African country.<p>The interior minister, Abdoulaye Daouda, said …

Africa

Saudi Arabia's oil exports climbed in September, and the country is pumping its way into a major crisis

There's no sign the country is making any effort to slow down its production, even as oil prices slide.<p>A barrel of Brent crude oil is hovering around $44, down from over $110 a year and a half ago. That's part of a deliberate strategy by the main exporters, which are aiming to protect their market …

Oil

Backed by California Democrats, Chinese American scientists arrested on espionage charges demand answers

Three California House members and other members of the congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus are again pushing the Department of Justice for an independent investigation into the arrest, indictment and release of Chinese American scientists.<p>Flanked by two scientists who experienced this, Rep.<p>…

Stephen Colbert’s horrifying warning: Get used to President Trump

With Iowa and New Hampshire around the corner, Colbert makes the audience say the two scariest words ever<p>For the first time ever, Donald Trump has captured 42 percent of Republican primary voters according to the latest poll that Stephen Colbert quoted on Tuesday night's "Late Show." If that freaks …

Ben Carson

2015 shatters the temperature record as global warming speeds back up

Thanks to human-caused global warming and an assist from El Niño, 2015 will easily be the hottest year in millennia<p>With just a month and a half left in 2015, it’s clear this year will be by far the hottest on record, easily beating the previous record set just last year. The temporary slowdown in …

Global Warming

NASA gives MIT a humanoid robot to develop software for future space missions

NASA announced today that MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory(CSAIL) is one of two university research groups nationwide …

Sharm el-Sheikh crash: Bomb was 'probably planted in Russian plane cabin', say Moscow investigators

Airbus bomb unlikely to have been planted in the hold, Russian investigators believe, while tabloid airs footage of "suspicious" suitcase<p>The bomb that destroyed a Russian airliner over Egypt last month was planted in the passenger cabin, not in the hold, Russian investigators believe.<p>Investigators …

Airplanes

ISIS Can Be Beaten in Weeks Says Kurdish Intelligence Chief

The Kurdish head of intelligence and security says ISIS could be defeated in weeks if the world community became “fully engaged.”<p>Speaking near the …

Royal Navy