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'Resident Evil 7' Is the Game Horror Fans Have Been Waiting For

Capcom's big risk has paid off.<p>Every night for the past week, after my wife and child were sound asleep, I've been placing a PlayStation VR headset over my face and turning on <i>Resident Evil 7</i>. Roughly 90 minutes later, I have to take the headset off—it's too much. Inevitably, my heart starts …

Why More Convicts Are Studying Criminology

Two professors are trying to revolutionize the study of crime by bringing their own experiences behind bars to bear. And they’re finding a following …

Jane Smiley Explores Ancient Ireland’s Mysterious Tombs

About a half-mile past the entrance to Newgrange, in the Valley of the Boyne, County Meath, Ireland, is a handmade sign with an arrow that reads “Irish crafts for sale.” I am, of course, fascinated by Newgrange, a Neolithic site that predates Stonehenge by a thousand years, but I can never pass up …

What Are The Medical Benefits of Psychedelics?

I sat down with Professor David Nutt following his lecture at Karolinska Institutet to find out.<p>LSD has been illegal in Sweden since 1966 and in the United States since 1967. It's only recently that their medical benefits have become subject to greater studies. That is partly thanks to professor …

Brain, Mind, Body And The Disease Of Addiction

The standard definition of drug or alcohol addiction is that it's a chronic, incurable disease of the brain.<p>In a comprehensive report on the topic, published last month, the surgeon general gives this familiar definition a more positive spin. He eschews the "cure" word and focuses instead on the …

Consciousness

How Police Are Watching You on Social Media

Documents from Chicago's Cook County Sheriff’s Office reveal the undercover techniques law enforcement uses to monitor—and manipulate—social media users.<p>In October, the ACLU released emails showing that a social media monitoring company called Geofeedia had tracked the accounts of Black Lives …

An 'intense gunfight' kills 43 in troubled Mexican state

Only one federal police officer was killed in the operation, which authorities launched after learning that "armed criminals" were occupying the ranch in Tanhuato, Michoacan state, near the neighboring state of Jalisco, officials said.<p>"Up to now, we have counted 42 suspected criminals killed and …

Temptations of War

James just wanted to film the war in Liberia. But bloody conflicts dirty even the cleanest of hands. Find out more about James Brabazon's story in his book, 'My Friend the Mercenary.'<p>Transcript<p>GLYNN WASHINGTON, HOST:<p>OK, so most people understand that there is no shame in working for money. What …

The Devolution Solution: How One Indie Publisher Is Changing Gaming for the Better

Devolver Digital is a small and passionate team that just wants to put the best titles in front of the most people—it's really that simple.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE UK.</i><p>"They signed off their first email to us with 'boners for life'—which helped immensely," said Roll7's Tom Hegarty in …

How to supercharge the way you learn

What is the easiest way to learn? David Robson meets a group of scientists and memory champions competing to find techniques that make facts stick... fast.<p>Face to face with the world’s leading memory experts, my mind is beginning to feel very humble. Ben Whately, for instance, tells me about the …

Language Learning

Want A Healthy Brain? Better Avoid These 7 Habits

Why are some people sharp as a tack at 95 years old, while others begin struggling with mental clarity in their 50s?<p>A lot of it has to do with genetics, but certain lifestyle factors also play an important role in how our brain ages. So while you can't control your genes, you <i>can</i> take advantage of …

Nine Months After He Filmed Eric Garner's Killing, the Cops Are Trying to Put Ramsey Orta Behind Bars

The 23-year-old and his family have been harassed and arrested by NYPD officers—treatment they say is retaliation for Orta's documentation of their misconduct.<p>"At first I didn't think it would blow up this big," Ramsey Orta told me. He was describing the video he took of his friend Eric Garner …

Somehow West Virginia Uses the Most Mind-Altering Drugs and Alaska Uses the Least

Apparently, West Virginia uses the most mood-altering drugs, and Alaska uses the least.<p>State of the States" series of reports, Gallup just released a new poll on mood-altering drugs. In it, high rates of reliance on drugs are linked to low rankings in Gallup's 2014 Well-Being Index, an attempt to …

The Fight Against Addiction: Is Love All You Need?

If anything deserves to be called "the establishment view," it is what Johann Hari — in his new book on addiction and the war on drugs, <i>Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs —</i> calls the pharmaceutical model of addiction.<p>The pharmaceutical model says that addiction is about …

How to Survive the Best Party on the Planet: Trinidad Carnival

Trinidad Carnival is two months of "fetting" and "liming." It's as if India’s Holi festival did P90X on steroids. Here's the skinny on this Trini bacchanal and how to survive your comedown.<p>All photos by the author unless otherwise credited.<p>Before I begin, I want to clarify that I didn't go …

Gavin Newsom: California Is The 'Worst Of All Worlds' When It Comes To Marijuana

California has the oldest and largest legal marijuana market in the country, bringing in $1.3 billion a year. It's also the least regulated, allowing for local governments to enforce their own rules at their whims and a thriving underground industry to smuggle the product to other states en …

Elon Musk: Burning Fossil Fuels Is the 'Dumbest Experiment in History, By Far'

Burning oil will probably destroy the environment, but why find out?<p>​Elon Musk, founder of Tesla and SpaceX, and chairman of SolarCity, and the guy who dreamt up the hyper loop, says we shouldn't need an environmentally motivated reason to transition to clean energy. We're probably going to run out …

I Humiliated Myself by Busking in London with the Most Annoying Instruments I Could Find

Beatboxing at schoolchildren in Trafalgar Square is the single most excruciating thing I've ever done.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE UK.</i><p>A couple of years ago my brother ended up living rent-free at someone's place in New Orleans with a bunch of gutter punks. As is often the case when you …

Critic Faults Alcoholics Anonymous For Lack Of Evidence

Founded by two men in Akron, Ohio, in 1935, Alcoholics Anonymous has since spread around the world as a leading community-based method of overcoming alcohol dependence and abuse. Many people swear by the 12-step method, which has become the basis of programs to treat the abuse of drugs, gambling, …

The hidden tricks of powerful persuasion

Are we always in control of our minds? As David Robson discovers, it’s surprisingly easy to plant ideas in peoples’ heads without them realising.<p>Are we all just puppets on a string? Most people would like to assume that they are free agents – their fate lies in their own hands. But they’d be wrong. …

Al Gore

I Played 'The Boys Are Back in Town' on a Bar Jukebox Until I Got Kicked Out

The boys were back in town, but I was out of the bar, because they asked me to leave.<p><i>"Nothing is forbidden anymore."</i> <i>—Enrique Iglesias, "Bailamos"</i><p>Whenever I'm feeling miserable, I scrounge a few dollars out of my jacket pockets and tromp up to the bar I don't like. The bar is about three-quarters of …

The Science of Near-Death Experiences

Empirically investigating brushes with the afterlife<p>Near-death experiences have gotten a lot of attention lately. The 2014 movie <i>Heaven Is for Real</i>, about a young boy who told his parents he had visited heaven while he was having emergency surgery, grossed a respectable $91 million in the United …

The 6 Best Mexican Islands That Aren't Cozumel

By: Meagan Drillinger<p>There's a decent chance if you went to college, you ventured to Mexico for spring break and made enough bad decisions to fill up a carry-on bag. That's what a place like Cozumel is for, after all. It's like an oasis of irresponsibility.<p>But believe it or not, there's more to …

The Truth About Britain's Looming 'Middle-Class Heroin Crisis'

All the talk about rising oxycodone prescriptions in the UK causing a middle-class heroin crisis is gold-plated baloney.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE UK</i><p>Over the last few weeks, newspapers have been handing out grim tidings about the steep rise of the powerful prescription drug oxycodone …

Leaked NSA Documents Reveal How To Hide From The NSA

If you want a truly anonymous life, then maybe it's time you learned about Tor, CSpace and ZRTP.<p>These three technologies could help people hide their activities from the National Security Agency, according to NSA documents newly obtained from the archive of former contractor Edward Snowden by the …

We're All a Depressing Part of "Generation Wuss"

I called Bret at his house in LA last week. We talked passionately about his frustration with what he's dubbed "Generation Wuss"—you, me, and everyone else who's young, is hyper-sensitive, and has grown up with the internet.<p><i>Bret Easton Ellis photographed at his home in LA by Jamie Lee Curtis</i> …

David Foster

Two Cops Were Shot to Death in Brooklyn on Saturday

The cops were shot in their patrol car around 3 PM—subsequently succumbing to the injuries—while the gunman allegedly shot himself to death soon after.<p>Two police officers were shot while in their patrol car this afternoon in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant. Both officers have died, …

I Dug Up Peyote in the Mexican Desert

When my friend Luis mentioned he'd heard of a remote place in Mexico where people go to dig up the psychedelic cactus and trip in the desert, it seemed like a no-brainer.<p>​ In the fall of 2012, I set off from my apartment in Mexico City and traveled nine hours through rough terrain to the Chihuahuan …

Chris Rock’s economic bombshell: What his “riots in the streets” prediction says about the American Dream

Comedian reveals what it means to be rich today — and how little the average American really understands about it<p>I’ve already written a bit about Chris Rock’s must-read interview with Frank Rich and, as much as I enjoy the comedian’s work, I didn’t expect to be returning to it quite so soon. But …

7 Of The Best Ab Exercises You're Probably Not Doing

Nobody loves ab exercises -- but chances are you're probably doing them anyway.<p>Many of us are plagued by a little extra around the middle, and while ab exercises can't single-handedly undercover six-pack abs (they're in there, somewhere), core workouts <i>can</i> improve your posture and balance, ward off …