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New Form of Matter May Lie Just Beyond Periodic Table

Currently, the heaviest element on the periodic table is oganesson, which has an atomic mass of 294 and was officially named in 2016. Like every …

The Effects of Marijuana on Your Body

Marijuana is made from the shredded and dried parts of the cannabis plant, including the flowers, seeds, leaves, and stems. It’s also known as pot, …

200,000 trillion calculations per second: U.S. launches the world’s most powerful supercomputer

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — Oak Ridge National Laboratory and IBM have successfully built and launched the Summit supercomputer, the world's most powerful and smartest supercomputer.<p>The powerful computer is the next step toward a national goal of developing the world's first fully capable exascale machine …

Supercomputers

NASA Says Antarctica's Largest Iceberg Is About to Die Near the Equator

Melt in Peace, Iceberg B-15.<p>Iceberg B-15 first sparked concern among climate scientists in March 2000, when it broke away from Antarctica’s Ross Ice …

Free the Weed: A New Bill Could End Federal Prohibition of Marijuana

A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced new legislation today that highlights the growing divisions within the Republican Party on the nation’s …

Pot for All: How Congress Is Trying to Make Weed Legal

Over the past decade, marijuana legalization has happened at break-neck speed at the state and local level. And yet, pot-related reforms have moved …

The pot lobby hits Capitol Hill

Medical marijuana is legal in 29 states and the District of Columbia. But when it comes to federal law, marijuana is illegal. This legal-illegal thing makes it complicated and expensive to operate a pot business. That's why a couple hundred business owners and members of the National Cannabis …

De Blasio to tell NYPD to stop arresting New Yorkers for smoking pot in public

Mayor de Blasio will tell the NYPD to stop arresting people for public pot smoking — and launch a new group to officially prepare the city for the …

Marijuana Gives Health-Conscious Consumers Something Alcohol Cannot

The U.S. alcohol trade hasn’t had any real competition for more than eight decades, which has given it a clear path to become the mega $223 billion …

Buying pot in Ontario in 2018 will be like buying booze in 1928

The legalization of cannabis in Canada is on the horizon. Canadian provinces are taking different approaches to how it will be sold to the public.<p>The …

You'll Never Guess What Jeff Sessions Just Said About Marijuana

Is the weed industry's biggest opponent having a sudden change of heart?<p>This year truly is turning out to be an impressive one of marijuana firsts. …

CBD is cannabis that won't get you high. So why are so many people using it?

In a lowlit room at Joy's Spa in Washington, Dawn Franklin is smoothing a creamy white mask onto Jessica Osorio's face. The mask, she says, is infused with chamomile and sage and aloe vera, plus one ingredient that she still has to explain to her clients: CBD.<p>An aesthetician, Franklin started …

A brief history of A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

I first encountered Stephen Hawking on the cover of the New York Times magazine. Inside, its pages told a story we all know today, but at the time it was a revelation: a Cambridge astrophysicist sought to solve the great mysteries of the universe, while he himself was trapped in a wheelchair by a …

Stephen Hawking

Jeff Sessions rolling papers

As you're probably aware, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is against the legalization of cannabis. At a Senate drug hearing in 2016, he even said, …

Jeff Sessions

Eight things to know about the SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch

What happens if things go well and what happens if they don’t<p>The time has finally come for SpaceX to launch its Falcon Heavy rocket. A launch license has been issued for the giant vehicle to take flight this Tuesday. It’s a mission that many have been waiting for since 2011 when SpaceX CEO Elon …

New Study: Marijuana Smoke Exposure Not Linked To Poor Lung Health

• Facebook<br>• Google+<br>• Pinterest<br>• LinkedIn<br>• StumbleUpon<br>• E-mail<br>• Reddit<br>• Love This<p>COLORADO: Long-term exposure to cannabis smoke is not associated with significant …

Eyes on the sky: When and where will China's rogue space station fall to Earth?

Scientists across the globe are carefully monitoring China’s discarded Tiangong-1 space station, which will plunge into Earth’s atmosphere at some point in the coming months.<p>In a post on Jan. 12, the European Space Agency (ESA), which is hosting an international monitoring effort, said that the …

Ex-NFL Players Create Parody Commercials to Call Out Anti-Marijuana Policies

Several former NFL players have made statements criticizing the league for enforcing rules that ban medical marijuana while being completely fine …

Cannabis

Huge Water Reserves Found All Over Mars

New NASA images show layers of ice peeking out of eroded cliffs—a potential boon for future humans on the red planet.<p>At sites across the midsection of Mars, scientists have found layers of water ice buried mere feet beneath the red planet’s surface. The discovery adds crucial detail to Mars’s …

Cannabis chaos — Sessions has no exit strategy for his war on drugs

One of the great social and political experiments of this decade, marijuana legalization, faces its greatest existential threat: Jeff …

Cannabis

3 brain technologies to watch in 2018

Technologies to detect brain activity — fine, we’ll come right out and call it mind reading — as well as to change it are moving along so quickly …

North Korea Designed A Nuke. So Did This Truck Driver

This year, deep inside a mountain, North Korea detonated a giant nuclear bomb.<p>The weapon was powerful; at least 10 times more destructive than the bomb the U.S. dropped on Hiroshima at the end of World War II. The North claimed it was an advanced, thermonuclear design. The test came just months …

North Korea

Cannabis oil sparks astonishing recovery of teen who missed eight years of school due to chronic fatigue

A teenager who missed eight years of school due to chronic fatigue has made an astonishing recovery after taking cannabis oil, his mum says.<p>Tom …

FDA Just Approved The First-Ever Gene Therapy For an Inherited Disease

History in the making! ?<p>In a historic move, the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved a pioneering gene therapy for a rare form of …

Jeff Sessions Isn’t Giving up on Weed. He’s Doubling Down.

Congressional dysfunction may do what the pot-hating attorney general hasn’t managed to do all year: Remove protections for the booming legal weed industry.<p>A year ago, when president-elect Donald Trump announced Senator Jeff Sessions would be his attorney general, advocates for marijuana law reform …

New study links underweight babies to nearby fracking sites

Women living within half a mile from hydraulic fracturing sites are 25% more likely to have babies with low birth weight than mothers who lived more …

NASA Just Unveiled Its Plan to Retrieve The First-Ever Samples From Mars

Mars rocks, anyone?<p>NASA has unveiled its plan for its next Mars rover, "Mars 2020", which will collect samples from the surface of the red …

Indica vs. Sativa: Know Which Cannabis Is the Right 1 For You

If you're not familiar with the different types of cannabis, we are here to explain not only the different types but the results you'll get from each.<p>"Sativa and indica are different <i>subspecies</i> of the same plant, cannabis sativa," said Eli Scislowicz, general manager of NuLeaf Dispensary.<p>Years of …

Will Mars colonists snooze their way to the Red Planet?

'Induced torpor' could make long space missions safer and more manageable.<p>If humans are ever going to get off this rock and seriously start exploring the solar system, we’re going to need better ways to travel. Right now, a journey to Mars takes six months, minimum. To visit Saturn’s intriguing, …

Synthetic THC is safer than actual weed, according to the DEA

The DEA has officially decided that a notorious fentanyl manufacturer’s synthetic marijuana product is safer and more medically valuable than actual …