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30 years after Prozac arrived, we still buy the lie that chemical imbalances cause depression

Some 2,000 years ago, the Ancient Greek scholar Hippocrates argued that all ailments, including mental illnesses such as melancholia, could be explained by imbalances in the four bodily fluids, or “humors.” Today, most of us like to think we know better: Depression—our term for melancholia—is …

British Philosophy

Is Elon Musk even allowed to send his car to deep space?

The commercial space industry is outpacing government oversight<p>After much fanfare, Elon Musk made it clear that he does plan to launch his Tesla Roadster to Mars on the Falcon Heavy next year — but questions remained over whether the mission is allowed. Are there any major federal hurdles SpaceX …

Astronomer spots mysterious cigar-shaped objects in Orion nebula [WATCH VIDEO]

These unidentified cigar-shaped objects appear to be moving when they are seen frame by frame.<p>Image of a mysterious cylindrical object has been …

6 Things the Most Organized People Do Every Day

Your life is busy. Work/life balance is a challenge. You feel like you’re spreading yourself so thin that you’re starting to disappear.<p>Most of us …

New Evidence Is Forcing Scientists to Rewrite The History of Human Migration 'Out of Africa'

We may find our answer in Australasia.<p>Where did we humans come from?<p>Some 40 or so years ago, our origins seemed quite straightforward.<p>But now we see …

Terpenes: What happens when these aromatic compounds in cannabis enter the body?

<i>Click here to read the first story in the series, and here for the second.</i><p>If you've been keeping up with our series on terpenes, you'll be familiar …

Cannabis

5 Marijuana Myths You Should Not Believe

This is what's real and what isn't.<p>Growing up, you may have been told cannabis is bad, immoral, or unhealthy, whether it was from your family, teachers, coaches, church leaders, or some other authority figure. However, cannabis is a daily reality for Americans living in areas with legal cannabis …

The cannabis industry has a clear favorite in the race to be California's next governor

The fundraising dinner for<p>Gavin Newsomin Salinas was in most ways a typical night for a political candidate. Local business leaders paid up to $5,000 for a chance to talk with the man aiming to be California’s next governor over cauliflower bisque, strip steak and Meyer lemon pudding cake.<p>The hosts …

Cannabis

DEA reports no overdoses related to marijuana

Despite the Drug Enforcement Administration’s stance against marijuana, the federal agency concedes that nobody has ever died from taking too much.<p>In their 2017 resource guide titled Drugs of Abuse, the DEA details cannabis as a Schedule I substance that carries a high potential for abuse with no …

Elon Musk hints at changes to SpaceX's Mars rocket

We've known for a while that SpaceX's plan to get an uncrewed capsule to Mars by the end of next year was a little too ambitious. Last week, we reported that Musk had abandoned plans for the Red Dragon capsule altogether, but he promised something much better was waiting in the wings. Now, thanks …

He Spent Almost 20 Years Funding The Racist Right. It Finally Paid Off.

William Regnery II, a man who inherited millions but struggled in business, tried for 15 years to ignite a racist political movement — and failed. Then an unforeseen phenomenon named Donald Trump gave legitimacy to what Regnery had seeded long before: the alt-right. Now, the press-shy white …

AI Is Inventing Languages Humans Can’t Understand. Should We Stop It?

Researchers at Facebook realized their bots were chattering in a new language. Then they stopped it.<p>Bob: “I can can I I everything else.”<p>Alice: “Balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to.”<p>To you and I, that passage looks like nonsense. But what if I told you this nonsense …

A Quantum Theory of Consciousness

Some of you may have already heard of the so-called “quantum theory of consciousness.” I’ve encountered different versions of it over the years. It presents a method of integrating traditional religious views of the “soul,” the “afterlife,” and the possibility of “other realms of existence” with …

Former NASA engineer claims the rings of Saturn were ‘made by aliens’

A former NASA engineer has claimed that aliens actually made the rings of Saturn – and that the ETs have also delved deep into Uranus.<p>Dr Norman …

What Monday's Successful Launch Means for the Future of SpaceX

The company is rapidly approaching their goals for Mars travel.<p>The revolution will not be televised. It'll be sent to your inbox by us.<p>On Monday, …

How Apollo 8 captured one of the most famous photos in history

As astronaut Frank Borman trained for the Apollo 9 mission in August 1968, he and crew members Jim Lovell and Bill Anders had seven months to prepare …

‘Tripping Balls’ May Be The Next Great Treatment For Depression

In a week’s time, however, only those who had taken the actual substance reported that their symptoms had actually lessened for any significant period, meaning that we could be looking at more research into using ayahuasca as a treatment option sooner rather than later, adding it to the stable of …

Imperial College London

An app analyzes texts to see if people like you. So I tried it on my husband

Crushh claims it can objectively scan for signs of affection in texts from a friend, family member or first date. But does it work?<p><i>Husband: Morning. How’s my Livvy? Missed you last night. How are the girls?</i><p><i>Me: Having a lovely time. Was Beez [our dog] OK? Did he sleep?</i><p><i>Husband: He did. And he also</i> …

Relationships

Turmoil Ebbs In West Wing, As Aides Wait for President Trump’s Next Move

President Trump will start the week with a truce reigning among his senior White House staff.<p>The ultimatum he gave his aides at his club at …

How space travel leads to cognitive shifts in awareness

Astronauts returning from the moon never see things the same way again<p>The two people who have paid for a private moon mission next year will undergo a psychological as well as a physical journey. There’s a fundamental shift in human perspective offered by space flight. This radical shift in …

Elon Musk’s Billion-Dollar Crusade to Stop the A.I. Apocalypse

Elon Musk is famous for his futuristic gambles, but Silicon Valley’s latest rush to embrace artificial intelligence scares him. And he thinks you should be frightened too. Inside his efforts to influence the rapidly advancing field and its proponents, and to save humanity from machine-learning …

Italy on a budget: live la dolce vita at affordable restaurants, hotels and spas

Italy is a nation that loves a bargain, so follow the locals’ example and explore great-value food options, low-cost hotels and cheap – or free – beaches and spas<p>Italians really know how to stretch their euros on holiday. They may have a reputation for living the <i>dolce vita</i>, but they really, <i>really</i> …

Europe

The biggest potheads aren’t who you’d guess

They are the city’s new pot-smoking professionals — ganja-puffing teachers, TV execs and businessmen who go about their daily routines while under …

Mind Healing: Can you spot a liar? Failsafe ways to determine if some is telling the truth

No one likes to be deceived, but spotting a liar can be incredibly difficult. Are there reliable ways to tell when someone is lying to you?<p>To answer this question, researchers across the world have studied video clips from court cases and interrogations, and listened to hours of interviews and …

Psychology

5 Ways to Tell If Someone Is Untrustworthy

Trust is the superglue of relationships, but if you spot these behaviors, it's time to find a new partner to do business with.<p>I'm going to ask you to trust me on this. It's a lesson I've learned the hard way, and it may be one of the most important ones I have to pass on.<p>It's been said that the …

Psychology

Here's What Magic Mushrooms Do to Your Body And Brain

The good, the bad, and the ugly.<p>There's evidence that tripping on magic mushrooms could actually free the mind. Several studies, including two …

Consciousness

The moral challenge of military robots arises when we delegate fighting wars

Using drones or autonomous soldiers in modern warfare may avoid some of the awfulness but does it forfeit any ethical defence for fighting in the first place?<p>Long before undergoing any proper study of war, I remember believing I had the problem sorted. In primary school, I remember remarking to …

War

Pregnancy actually re-wires your brain

The structure changes could help with mom-baby bonding<p>Becoming a parent is a life-altering experience. It's also a mind-altering experience, according to new research—literally. Brain scans of new moms showed that the areas involved in processing social information got re-wired after their first …

Solo Travel Tips

Welcome to our solo travel tips page! If you are looking for tips on how to travel alone as a solo traveler, this page is for you – especially for …