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Diiv's Zachary Cole Smith on heroin, Kurt Cobain and taking control

‘FUBAR’ spell the beads around Zachary Cole Smith’s skinny wrist in big, friendly letters. Something about that sums up the Diiv founder and frontman …

Kurt Cobain

‘We need you to see we’re not just stereotyped monsters’: Vancouver heroin addicts in their own words

After more than a year of photographing three Vancouver heroin addicts, documentary photographer and Kwantlen Polytechnic University instructor Aaron …

Heroin

The strange history of opiates in America: from morphine for kids to heroin for soldiers

They went from common painkillers to blacklisted substances, and now they’re standard again. Along the way, efforts to criminalize haven’t stemmed usage<p>America’s burgeoning opiate problem is a tragedy, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise: it stretches back to the arrival of the Mayflower in …

Medicine

The Missing Conversation When We Talk About Sex Work

She’s the dead hooker in the trunk. A universal cautionary tale, the drug-using sex worker is too wretched to be relatable, too scorned for even …

Sex work is safer online than on the street

In early January, law enforcement in the Seattle area seized thereviewboard.net, a website where local sex workers posted advertisements and clients reviewed their services. In related police raids, people who ran and moderated the site were among those arrested and charged with promoting …

Crime

12 Things Women Wish Guys Knew About Oral Sex

Do not treat your mouth like it's a vacuum, thanks.<p>Being willing and eager to venture south is only half (OK, maybe 70 percent) of the battle — just <i>doing</i> oral isn't enough sometimes. There are things to know, things to literally never do again, and things you can improve.<p><b>1. A vagina isn't a</b> …

The Dos And Don’ts Of Hot Oral Sex

Oral sex. It’s an amazing foreplay technique, a major turn-on, a great appetizer to sex, or a full course all on its own. Whether you give it or …

11 Things Women Wish Guys Knew About Giving Blow Jobs

Swallowing is the exception, not the rule. 😓<p>With the right partner, and as long as both partners are on the same page, giving a blow job is actually not the worst thing in the world! But the whole experience could definitely be better if men knew what all women were dealing with when they venture …

A Budget Exoskeleton Allows Paraplegics To Walk–For The Price Of A Car

The Phoenix lets paraplegic people sit, stand, and walk. It costs just $40,000. Here’s how the designers pulled it off.<p>In 2005, Steven Sanchez was trying to do a flip off a BMX dirt ramp when he was paralyzed from the belly button down. 11 years later, with no miracle surgery to speak of, he stands …

This is how the world's first Hyperloop might actually look

A team of students from MIT have won a competition to design pods for the still-unbuilt Hyperloop transportation system.<p>More than 100 university …

Are Poor Neighborhoods Worse for Boys Than Girls?

A new analysis of social mobility by economist Raj Chetty reveals how childhood environment impacts adult gender gaps.<p>How adults in the U.S. fare economically depends, to a large extent, on the quality of the neighborhoods they grew up in. But boys and girls who live right down the street from each …

Demographics

A sigh's not just a sigh - it's a fundamental life-sustaining reflex

Research reveals that sighing is more than a sign of depression or despair: it’s a reflex that happens several times an hour and helps preserve lung function<p>Californian scientists have identified the source of the sigh. It is not just a response to sadness, depression or despair: it is, also, they …

Cognition

There is now statistical proof that your friends are happier than you

Ever feel jealous of your friends? Do you worry that they're happier, more fulfilled or more successful than you? Bad news: a new equation has found …