Ruben Alcaraz

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When It Comes to Slurping Sativa, Some Like It Hot

Who says “cheers” before taking a hit of cannabis?<p>Lovers of pot beverages, that’s who.<p>Sipping – rather than inhaling, chewing or slathering cannabis …


The U.S. legal marijuana industry is booming

It's 2018 and marijuana remains illegal in the United States.<p>But continued federal prohibition hasn't stopped the marijuana industry from growing like a very profitable weed.<p>Despite what could be considered an unfriendly administration in Washington D.C., nine states and the District of Columbia …


How the U.S. Government Is Profiting From Keeping Pot Illegal

A new report suggests the feds could earn $5 billion in the next decade if weed stays federally banned – so where's the incentive for …

How Your Social Class Affects Where You'll Move

Socioeconomic sorting at the metropolitan level is making America more polarized, an economist finds.<p>The Sunbelt is growing, the Rust Belt is dying, and the only thing keeping expensive coastal cities afloat is international immigration, as American-born residents flee their escalating housing …


Could Estonia be the first ‘digital’ country?

Estonia, the Baltic nation of 1.3m, has been pursuing a grand idea since 1997: putting their entire government online. But is the idea a grand one, or a complicated one?<p><i>Over the next month, we’re celebrating technology and innovation in a new series called Bright Sparks. As part of the series,</i> …

Scientists unravel the mystery of the Roman 'gate to hell'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Two thousand years ago, ancient tourists flocked to a Greco-Roman temple in Hierapolis, modern-day Turkey, situated on top of a cave once purported to be the gateway to the underworld.<p>They watched in awe as animals, from birds to bulls, dropped dead at its entrance. The cave, named the …

Ancient History
Ancient History

Why does walking through doorways make us forget?

We all know the annoying feeling of entering a room to look for something, and then promptly forgetting what you came in for. Why does it happen?<p>Have you ever waited for a moment to interrupt a friend - and then discovered the reason has now vanished from your mind?<p>BBC Future looks at the …


The secret science that rules crowds

Crowds can be lethal – but also surprisingly rational. As scientists learn more about how groups of people behave, they’re figuring out how to prevent deadly incidents in the future.<p>Sometimes, being part of a large crowd can be worse than uncomfortable: it can turn lethal. Deadly crowd crushes that …


The US is at risk of becoming a 'demographic time bomb' — and it may have contributed to Toys R Us' demise

This week, Toys R Us officially filed liquidation papers. It will shutter or sell each of its 735 stores across the US.<p>The toy chain's sales have declined in recent years, largely due to competition from online retailers like Amazon, some $4.8 billion worth of debt, and a rise in labor costs. All …

Craft Brewing

How the youngest generation is redefining work

Driven, practical and entrenched in social media – here comes the post-millennial workforce.<p>Dan Miller is a 19-year-old business student in London.<p>He’s also the CEO of a social media company that aims to reach five million young Brits by 2022.<p>Called Young Professionals UK, it is currently available …

Social Media

Is Emotional Attachment to Dogs a Modern Development?

I was at a university sponsored conference where we had paused for a coffee break between scientific paper sessions. In response to a casual question …

Wall Street

In our eyes, Google’s software sees heart attack risk

By looking at the human eye, Google’s algorithms were able to predict whether someone had high blood pressure or was at risk of a heart attack or stroke, Google researchers said Monday, opening a new opportunity for artificial intelligence in the vast and lucrative global health industry.<p>The …

Artificial Intelligence
Social Media

Do Psychiatric Service Dogs Really Help Veterans with PTSD?

Source: photo by inferio / 123RF<p>I’ve seen the toll that war takes on the human psyche. During the Vietnam War, I was an Army medic working on a …

Mental Health

The Complete Guide To Transmedia Storytelling

Every day in our Feedly or Twitter or Facebook or G+ appears a post about how to create relevant content for our website, content that will help us …

Meet the “connected cow”

The concept of the “smart cow” might sound like an oxymoron, but the rapid development of internet of things (IoT) technology has ushered in an era …

Internet of Things
Enterprise Tech

DeepMind’s New AI Taught Itself to Be the World’s Greatest Go Player

The AlphaGo AI that grabbed headlines last year after beating a master of the board game Go has just been trounced 100-0 by an updated version. And …

Artificial Intelligence

Seven Ways to Reduce Stress in Anxious Times

Large-scale worries are sabotaging our ability to cope, therapists say, and they have some tips for staying calm<p>Wine. Chocolate. Binge-watching “The Crown.”<p>How are your coping strategies working for you these days?<p>Therapists have, for months, been reporting a significant increase in clients who are …


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Smart Cities

If We Can See the Future We Want, We Can Shape It Too

Alida Draudt and Julia Rose West are not only co-authors, business partners, and best of friends, but most importantly, they have differing points of …

Stealth Aircraft

Steak Aging Goes Beyond Weeks to Months for Some Chefs

Results may be too funky for some carnivores, but others enjoy greater tenderness and flavors reminiscent of ‘roasted hazelnuts’<p>The hottest menu item at New York restaurants may be a plate of rotting beef.<p>Dining spots around town are offering steaks that have been aged anywhere from 90 to 180 days, …

Augmented Reality