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The Greatest Science Books of 2016

From the sound of spacetime to time travel to the microbiome, by way of polar bears, dogs, and trees.<p>I have long believed that E.B. White’s abiding wisdom on children’s books — <i>“Anyone who writes down to children is simply wasting his time. You have to write up, not down.”</i> — is equally true of …

The best VR porn apps for Android and iOS

Society is still years away from the point where everyone has a virtual reality rig in their home, but if you have a smartphone, there’s no reason …

17 Movies So Freaky They'll Probably Make You Shit Yourself

"It's so surreal, horrifying, and uncomfortable."<p><i>Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

Incredible drone pilot weaves teeny tiny spaces for stunning beach video

The beach looks even more beautiful when you're looking at it through a bicycle wheel, no?<p>In the event you've never seen it that way, you might want …

California's Marijuana Pioneer Isn't Afraid of Donald Trump

About a month ago, on an unseasonably warm Wednesday evening in the courtyard of the Oakland Museum, partygoers in blazers and floor-length gowns mingled, sipping champagne and martinis. A DJ spun remixes on a neon-lit stage. A photographer snapped photos. Tiki torches and triple-decker towers of …

Cannabis

Will the Trump Administration Launch a Civil War Over Legal Weed?

One of blue America’s few consolations on the morning of November 9 was that liberals in California, Nevada, Massachusetts and (probably) Maine had …

Potchain 1.0: Why the Legal Weed Industry Is Embracing Blockchain

We're still in the infancy of discovering all of the use cases for blockchain technology, but the legal cannabis industry is embracing the evolving …

Can Weed Boost Your Cognitive Performance?

On October 13 2016, the scientific journal <i>Frontiers in Neuroscience</i> published a pilot study that investigated the effect of regular medical marijuana …

Should You Buy A PS4 Pro?

Short version: The new PS4 Pro is a more powerful version of an already good console. We like the PS4 a lot, and the Pro doesn’t do anything to …

Televisions

Start Rolling Your Blunts: New Study Says Weed Can Enhance Cognitive Function

Jokes about the stupid stoner are becoming passé.<p>We've already heard how medical marijuana can help people with everything from PTSD to creativity. Now there's even more evidence from Harvard-Tuft researchers in study indicating that cannabis helps our cognitive performance, i.e. the way we acquire …

Cannabis

The State of American Psychedelics

<i>This story originally appeared on RollingStone.com.</i><p>On October 6th, 1966, nearly a thousand participants and three bands – including the Grateful Dead …

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How the Ultra-Rich Smoke Weed

This gives a whole new meaning to high society.<p>Cheryl Shuman likes to make weed purées for dessert, topped off with Goldschlager Cinnamon Schnapps.<p>"Imagine a beautiful cannabis infused chocolate soufflé with a raspberry purée on top with the gold sparkles from the Schnapps," she told me. "It's …

Cannabis

Trendwatch: Cannabis tourism

The psychedelic adventure is a travel rite of passage. In the 1960s hippies flocked to the Mexican desert, compelled by the desire to see sandy …

Cannabis

The Science Behind Purple Kush, and the Colors of Cannabis

Let us take you through the rainbow of cannabis colors.<p>Before cannabinoid testing and genetic profiling of the cannabis plant, consumers would judge a batch of weed based on its smell, taste, and color. In fact, a whopping 93 percent of buyers make a purchasing choice contingent on the color and …

Cannabis

The Intersection of the War on Drugs and the Jihad Attacks on France

For two years now, the world has been watching as France is subjected to the most vicious jihadi attacks of any European country. From the murder of …

One Strong Drink With "Cannabis Cocktails" Author Warren Bobrow

“What’s in the bottle is <i>not</i> what’s on the label,” says Warren Bobrow, handing me a small apothecary jar of amber-colored fluid. Inside is a top-shelf …

Frequently Asked Questions about Scientific Pantheism

/ Jun 19, 2016<p>There are several compelling reasons.<p>1. Most traditional religions have elements which are hard to believe or to reconcile with common …

Why Do Humans Have An Innate Desire To Get High?

It’s easy to explain the appeal of drugs like heroin and cocaine, which directly stimulate the brain’s reward centres. What’s less easy to explain is …

16 incredible destinations in Asia that tourists don't know about yet

While some of these locations are remote, others are hidden gems often overlooked by tourists.<p>For those in search of the best spots to visit in Asia away from the masses, we've rounded up 16 breathtaking destinations that range from hidden beaches and charming fishing villages to jungle-clad …

Asia Travel

Embrace of the Serpent review – you will be transported

Colombian director Ciro Guerra’s transcendent adventure takes us on a dreamlike journey to the Amazon, guided by a charismatic shaman<p>This extraordinary, hypnotic work by Colombian director Ciro Guerra seems at first glance to be a dreamy inversion of the themes of Herzog’s <i>Fitzcarraldo</i> and Coppola’s</i> …

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It’s a ‘psychedelic renaissance,’ as scientists identify medicinal qualities of hardcore drugs

When illegal drugs make the news, it’s usually for tragic tales of overdose, crime, and addiction. But substances typically found at nightclubs and music festivals have been cropping up in scientific journals recently, with several separate studies uncovering the medicinal benefits of these drugs. …

Magic Mushrooms

These 4 Major Paradigm Shifts Will Transform The Future Of Technology

For the past fifty years or so, technology has followed a fairly predictable path. We squeeze more transistors onto silicon wafers, which makes chips more powerful and devices smaller. Manual processes become automated, productivity increases and life gets better. Rinse and repeat.<p>Today, we’re at …

Innovation

Watch Surreal Drone Footage of New York City Shot Using the Vertigo Effect

Thanks to drones, filmmakers are able to shoot scenes that would be impossible to capture otherwise. Cinematographer Tim Sessler has found a way to …

Science Seeks to Unlock Marijuana Secrets

As the once-vilified drug becomes more accepted, researchers around the world are trying to understand how it works and how it might fight disease.<p>There’s nothing new about cannabis, of course. It’s been around humankind pretty much forever.<p>In Siberia charred seeds have been found inside burial …

Decriminalizing cannabis would hurt Islamic State, mafia- Italy prosecutor | Reuters

ROME (Reuters) - Decriminalizing cannabis sales would strike a blow against Islamic State militants and Italian mobsters who, according to ongoing investigations, are smuggling hashish together, Italy’s top prosecutor told Reuters.<p>An Islamic State flag is seen in this picture illustration taken …

North Africa

Headphones That Get You High on Dopamine Are Tipped to Go on Sale Next Month

When the music is not enough.<p>Headphones that stimulate the release of dopamine in your brain and reportedly make you feel high as hell have been …

Consumer Tech

The World's Strangest Beaches

While white-sand beaches with azure waters and billowing palms are nice, they're far from unusual. For those looking for a unique coastal experience, the following beaches provide just that. Barking sand, star-shaped fossils and natural underground hot springs are just a few of the experiences …

Beaches

Intelligent robots don't need to be conscious to turn against us

Last week Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, and more than 16,000 researchers signed an open letter warning against the dangers of autonomous weapons.<p>A top …

Q&A With A Psychedelic Explorer: How Psychedelics Can Put Healing Back In Your Hands

In the resurgence of psychedelic research in recent years, one of the areas that has been examined with successful results is the treatment of …

The top 50 apps for creative minds

Our pick of the best tablet and smartphone tools to enable you to make video, music, art and more<p>There’s an ongoing argument in the technology world about whether tablets and smartphones are more focused on consumption than creativity. As time has gone on, though, the number of apps helping us do …

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