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These college students lost access to legal pot — and started getting better grades

The most rigorous study yet of the effects of marijuana legalization has identified a disturbing result: College students with access to recreational cannabis on average earn worse grades and fail classes at a higher rate.<p>Economists Olivier Marie and Ulf Zölitz took advantage of a decision by …

Cannabis

50 Things You Didn't Know About the Founding Fathers

George Washington. Alexander Hamilton. Benjamin Franklin. John Adams. These men and several more continue to stand as some of the most influential …

New Jersey

How the GOP Turned Against Medicaid

It began as a modest, bipartisan program to help poor children. But as America’s economy hollowed out, Medicaid grew—and Republicans came to oppose it.<p>In May 1965, just weeks before Lyndon Johnson signed Medicaid into law, his administration launched Head Start, an enrichment program for …

Health Care

Psychics Who Hear Voices Could Be On to Something

The ways some “healthy voice hearers” cope might be able to help people with psychotic disorders.<p>Jessica Dorner was lying in bed at her cousin’s house when her grandmother, a “pushy lady” in an apron who had been dead for several years, appeared in front of her. “I know you can see me,” Jessica …

Mental Health

5 sensible things to do instead of obsessing about, and enabling Trump’s narcissism

Instead of fixating on our national narcissist, we can turn our attention to strengthening our democracy<p>It took a while to fully manifest, but what many social critics, most notably Christopher Lasch (author of The Culture of Narcissism), noticed bubbling up from the painful social and economic …

Donald Trump

10 Living Philosophers and Why You Should Know Them

It can be easy to think that all the good ideas have already been thought; after all, philosophy have been going on for more than 2500 years. But …

Bill Nye Disses Ray Kurzweil's Singularity Prediction

On Wednesday, Bill Nye said that he is not afraid that machines will take over and mocked Ray Kurzweil’s predictions for how fast artificial …

Singularity

This Is The First Detailed Footage of DNA Replication, And It Wasn't What We Expected

"It undermines a great deal of what's in the textbooks."<p>Here's proof of how far we've come in science - in June 2017, researchers recorded up-close …

Biochemistry

Look Inside Spain’s Bizarre Baby Jumping Festival

This unorthodox baptism dates back to the 17th century and has roots in paganism.<p>Once a year in mid-June, devils run wild in the Spanish village of Castrillo de Murcia.<p>A blend of Catholic and pagan rituals meant to represent the triumph of good over evil, the festival of El Colacho dates back to …

Elon Musk and linguists say that AI is forcing us to confront the limits of human language

In analytic philosophy, any meaning can be expressed in language. In his book <i>Expression and Meaning</i> (1979), UC Berkeley philosopher John Searle calls this idea “the principle of expressibility, the principle that whatever can be meant can be said”. Moreover, in the <i>Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus</i> …

Artificial Intelligence

New research may resolve a climate ‘conundrum’ across the history of human civilization

The new study also confirms the planet is warming 20 times faster than Earth’s fastest natural climate change<p>Earth’s last ice age ended about 12,000 years ago. The warmer and more stable climate that followed allowed for the development of agriculture and the rise of human civilization. This …

Climate Change

Trump Tells Mayor Of Sinking U.S. Island Not To Worry About Climate Change

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, apparently confirming his disregard for the risks of global climate change, reportedly told the mayor of a small Chesapeake Bay island that could soon disappear to erosion and rising seas that there’s no cause for concern.<p>Trump phoned James “Ooker” Eskridge, the …

Donald Trump

The psychological benefits of being in a bad mood

<i>Homo sapiens</i> is a very moody species. Even though sadness and bad moods have always been part of the human experience, we now live in an age that ignores or devalues these feelings.<p>In our culture, normal human emotions like temporary sadness are often treated as disorders. Manipulative advertising, …

Will An Asteroid Hit Earth? NASA Discovers 10 'Potentially Hazardous' Objects

NASA scientists discovered more than 100 new space rocks over the past year — 10 of which were potentially hazardous. The space agency’s asteroid …

Physicists Find No Sign of The Particle That Made The Universe Explode

So what caused it?<p>A recent attempt to find a theoretical particle responsible for the Universe's early rapid expansion has come up empty handed, …

Physics

How the world's first accountants counted on cuneiform

This tablet has an account in Sumerian cuneiform describing the receipt of oxen<p><b>The Egyptians used to believe that literacy was divine, a gift from baboon-faced Thoth, the god of knowledge.</b><p>Scholars no longer embrace that theory, but why ancient civilisations developed writing was a mystery for a …

Ancient History

Read This Book. It'll Rattle You.

A scholar-analyst makes a historical case for the threat of a U.S.-China war.<p>Before settling in for pleasurable summer books, read Graham Allison's "Destined for War: Can America and China escape Thucydides's Trap?"<p>A warning label: It's going to scare the hell out of you.<p>It starts with the Athenian …

Geopolitics
Universe

We're Way Below Average! Astronomers Say Milky Way Resides In A Great Cosmic Void

If you went to give our cosmic address, you might tell someone that we lived on planet Earth, orbiting our Sun, on the outskirts of a spur of the Milky Way’s spiral arms, in the second largest galaxy in our local group, about 50 million light years from the Virgo Cluster, embedded within the …

American Astronomical Society

Why did the 2016 election look so much like the 2012 election?

Partisan identity — not policies or even candidates — now drives American politics.<p>A few months ago, I stopped by Larry Bartels’s office at Vanderbilt University. Bartels, alongside Christopher Achen, is the author of <i>Democracy for Realists</i>, which I’d become a bit obsessed with. The book argues that …

Political Science

A Psychologist Explains How 13 Reasons Why Isn’t Really About Mental Health

Surrounded by hype and controversy, <i>13 Reasons Why</i> has become a wildly popular Netflix series with a highly anticipated Season 2 already in the works. The emotionally draining show (which centers on one teen’s suicide) has brought major issues like bullying, assault, and rape into everyday …

Mental Health

A Theory of Reality as More Than the Sum of Its Parts

New math shows how, contrary to conventional scientific wisdom, conscious beings and other macroscopic entities might have greater influence over the …

Consciousness

The scientific case that America is becoming a more prejudiced place

Why watching leaders behave badly gives us permission to behave badly.<p>It’s easy to find anecdotal evidence that America has grown more reactive, coarser, and less tolerant of outsiders since the 2016 presidential election.<p>Last week, congressional candidate Greg Gianforte body-slammed a reporter in …

Psychology

Scientists are testing a “vaccine” against climate change denial

“Inoculating” people against misinformation may give scientific facts a shot at survival.<p>In the battle between facts and fake news, facts are at a disadvantage. Researchers have found that facts alone rarely dislodge misperceptions, and in some cases even strengthen mistaken beliefs.<p>That’s just as …

Critical Thinking

Rebecca Tuvel, Amy Cuddy, and “bullying” in academia.

Rebecca Tuvel started off her most recent academic paper in philosophy as many of her colleagues do, with an armchair observation that prompts a …

Mainstream Media

The steps that can help adults heal from childhood trauma

Prevention is the mantra of modern medicine and public health. Benjamin Franklin said it himself: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of …

Mental Health

Does a Spider Use Its Web Like You Use Your Smartphone?

The debate over whether an arachnid’s web is actually a part of its mind<p>Millions of years ago, a few spiders abandoned the kind of round webs that the word “spiderweb” calls to mind and started to focus on a new strategy. Before, they would wait for prey to become ensnared in their webs and then …

Consciousness
Genetics

Dads Really Do Treat Daughters And Sons Differently, And It Has A Lasting Impact

The different ways dads respond to and interact with sons and daughters can have a lasting impact<p>We’ve all heard the phrase “daddy’s girl.” Cue the …

Parenting

Question your questioning

Teachers ask questions. A lot of questions. It’s how they try to gain an understanding of what their pupils understand. It’s part of how they decide …

Teaching