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What Happens To Your Body When You Get Drunk And Stoned At The Same Time?

The science of the spins<p>The intoxicating effects of alcohol and of marijuana have been widely studied, but their combined effect—getting "cross-faded"—is woefully underexplored scientific territory. Here's a look at what we know about how pot and booze together affect the brain.<p>First, the basics: …

Cannabis

Environmental cost of Kyrgyzstan's gold mine | US & Canada

The owners of a gold mine in Kyrgyzstan, which acts as a major source of revenue for the country, faces corruption allegations and environmental concerns.<p>Kumtor gold mine, run by the Canadian firm Centerra Gold as a joint venture with the government, has been accused by critics of cornering a major …

Gorgeous Icelandic Landscapes by Kristján Unnar Kristjánsson

Kristján Unnar Kristjánsson is a self-proclaimed photography gearhead. “I’m not a photographer,” he says. “I’m a broadcast graphics designer and tech …

Epic Time-Lapse of the Arizona Night Sky

This beautiful time-lapse collaboration by Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinović is called “YIKÁÍSDÁHÁ,” which is Navajo for Milky Way or “That …

Time-lapse Photography

Human Tongue Has A Sixth Taste, New Study Shows

The human tongue may have a sixth sense—and no, it doesn’t have anything to do with seeing ghosts. Researchers have found that in addition to recognizing sweet, sour, salty, savory, and bitter tastes, our tongues can also pick up on carbohydrates, the nutrients that break down into sugar and form …

The physics of water drops and lift-off

Viscosity helps create a shape that lets liquid pop off the surface it strikes.<p>The flow of fluids is one of the most complex, beautiful, and amazing …

The growing fight for pure water

While each region will have its own specific challenges, a report by Kleinwort Benson Investors succinctly highlights the important trend: less than …

A Spaceship For The Sea

This vertical structure will allow scientists to better study the ocean.<p>Scientists know more about the surface of the moon and Mars than they do about our own seafloor. Which helps explain the grand vision of the French architect Jacques Rougerie, who’s designed an ocean-going laboratory that …

Where Will The World's Water Conflicts Erupt? [Infographic]

A heatmap of war over water<p><i>Click here to see a larger version of this infographic.</i><p>As the climate shifts, rivers will both flood and dry up more often, according to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Shortages are especially likely in parts of the world already …

Data Visualization

Removing Salt To Relieve The World’s Thirst

97 percent of water on Earth is salt water. What if we could drink it?<p>The Challenge<p>Seventy percent of the Earth’s surface is liquid—yet water scarcity affects more than a billion people each year. Since the 1970s, the gold standard for desalination has been reverse osmosis, in which big pumps push …

Intellectual disability may be caused by prenatal gene mutation

The mutation of a gene vital for foetal brain development could be responsible for impaired mental function in children born with intellectual disabilities, Australian researchers have discovered.<p>The gene, TUBB5, is critical for building connections between nerve cells of the brain involved in …