Árni Matthíasson

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How does long-term marijuana use affect the brain?

Jason Redmond/Reuters<p>Marijuana's official designation as a Schedule 1 drug — something with "no accepted medical use" — means it is pretty tough to study.<p>Yet numerous anecdotal reports, as well as some studies, have linked marijuana with several purported health benefits, from pain relief to …

The Brain

Why Some Couples Have So Much More Sex Than Others

By Drake Baer<p>If researchers seem a bit, well, voyeuristic with regard to people's sex lives, there's good reason for it: In heterosexual marriages, the happier people are with their sexual lives, the happier they are with their relationships. And if you want to know how much a newlywed couple is …

Scientists Say GMO Foods Are Safe, Public Skepticism Remains

Genetically-engineered crops are as safe to eat as their non-GE counterparts, they have no adverse environmental impacts, and they have reduced the use of pesticides. That’s according to a comprehensive report released by the National Academy of Sciences today—a group founded by the U.S. Congress …

Coal made its best case against climate change, and lost

A Minnesota judge found the preponderance of evidence did not favor coal industry climate science denial<p>Peabody Energy, the world’s largest private sector coal company (now bankrupt), recently faced off against environmental groups in a Minnesota court case. The case was to determine whether the …

Climate Change

“We’re doing worse than anyone could have imagined”: Paul Krugman says the “good guys” must fight the “pain caucuses”

People have started to accept our terrible economic situation as the “new normal.” That has to change, Krugman says<p>There may not be "any major economic crises underway right this moment," but that doesn't mean we're not stuck in the middle of a "miserable" economic situation, writes New York Times …

Roundtable | Lapham’s Quarterly

February 16, 2018<p>Valentines, real architects building fictions, and place names.<p>February 15, 2018<p>A curator of historical children’s literature shares …