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'You want a description of hell?' OxyContin's 12-hour problem #InvestigatingOxy - Los Angeles Times

The drugmaker Purdue Pharma launched OxyContin two decades ago with a bold marketing claim: One dose relieves pain for 12 hours, more than twice as long as generic medications.<p>Patients would no longer have to wake up in the middle of the night to take their pills, Purdue told doctors. One OxyContin …

7 of the Easiest Foreign Languages to Learn

Who says learning a language needs to be hard?<p>The better question to ask is: which is the easiest language to learn in the shortest amount of …

The American Concordes that never flew

It was one of the most ambitious aircraft design projects in history, so what happened to the US plans to master supersonic passenger flight?<p>In November 1962, the British and French governments announced a deal that caused great distress in the boardrooms of American planemakers.<p>The two countries …

Aviation

Teaching Children How To Code, Without Screens

How a wooden toy called Cubetto may help foster the next generation of digital groundbreakers.<p>It’s generally agreed upon that the ability to code is going to be an invaluable job skill for upcoming generations. So how do you teach preliterate children aged three to seven how to program without …

Kids

Super-fast DIY LED cloud lamp

Top 10 Mind Expanding Books To Read In Life Time

Reading is fun. Reading is powerful. And reading has served me so well that I’d say it contributes to the majority of the successes I’ve experienced …

12 Fictional Journeys Any World Traveler Will Envy

Visit Marfa, Mallorca, and Paris -- all without canceling your Seamless order.<p>A shift in perspective, or at least a quick, cool dip into the mind of another person, is the objective of travel, and also of reading great books.<p>So if you’re both knowledge-hungry and couch-bound, pick up a road trip …

Not Only Do Opposites Not Attract, but Just the Opposite

You like big-budget rom-coms, so you know the drill: Opposites attract. Those two characters who can't stand each other in act one? Chasing each …

Psychiatry

Women exhibiting this type of speech pattern have been made fun of for years; it’s a big part of the “Valley Girl” stereotype

Women exhibiting this type of speech pattern have been made fun of for years; it’s a big part of the “Valley Girl” stereotype. People think it makes the speaker sound uncertain and less competent. Again, studies have found that both men and women use uptalk; it’s just that women seem to be far more criticized for it.<p>So, what’s happening here? There’s evidence that women are the ones who are the primary innovators in how our language changes. There are a few possible reasons for this, including …

The First Makerspace In A Hospital

Nursing innovation<p>While touring hospitals in Nicaragua, Jose Gomez-Marquez and Anna Young kept running across ingenious hacks, such as hand-cut cloth goggles to protect phototherapy patients’ eyes and cereal boxes fashioned into IV patches. The medical-device designers realized that Nicaraguan …

Makerspaces

Renault Alpine Vision Concept

Responsible for resurrecting a brand known for its sporting heritage, the Renault Alpine Vision Concept is the rare "concept" that's more of a …

12 Museums For the Aviation Enthusiast

If you, or someone you love, is interested in airplanes and the history of flight, there’s probably a museum near you for that. And if you've already …

10 Remarkably Niche Dating Websites

Match.com released its annual survey of singles last week and, as always, the findings ranged from odd to obvious to not quite helpful. Some …

45 apps that make being an adult easier

After working long hours, we still need to fit in doctor's appointments, grocery shopping, house cleaning, and more.<p>Better yet, a lot of the appointments we need to make are only available during our working hours.<p>And the last thing we want to do after a long day is head to the grocery store during …

The website that offered 47 million pirated academic papers is back

Digital piracy is not all about movies and music—pretty much anything that people feel is unfairly priced will find its way online in large numbers. Even academic papers.<p>In October 2015, a New York district court ruled in favor of the academic publisher Elsevier, which had accused Sci-Hub, a …

15 Secrets to Traveling Like a Local

Here's how to not to stick out like a sore tourist thumb.<p>There are as many different ways to travel as there are places to visit in the universe. And if you're the type who loves walking around a new city in a herd of people dressed in matching outfits and led around by a person holding a flag, …

Times Square

There's Now A Whole Book Of Reddit AMAs

Reddit AMAs have become a fact of life. Everyone — and we mean everyone — from Barack Obama to Bill Gates and beyond has done one by now. In order to …

Kickstarter backers have funded an Oscar-winning film and 15 Grammy-nominated projects in 7 years

Upon reaching an impressive milestone of hosting 100,000 successfully funded campaigns on its crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter has published 100 interesting facts about the projects and creators that have tasted success in the past seven years that it’s been around.<p>The company says that 15 music …

Watch a Musician Play the Last Stradivarius Guitar in the World

Even if you’re not a fan of classical music, you’ve probably heard of Stradivarius violins. Known for their superior sound quality, the rare violins …

Rhode Island

10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Credit Score

Do you know what your credit score is? Well, did you know that having a ‘good’ credit score can boost your chances of getting a mortgage, a car on …

This Makes Learning Guitar Fun and Funny

In this "turnt up" lesson, you will begin learning guitar by playing the E minor chord in the simplest way possible.

Lemon Juice With Salt Can Stop Migraine Headache Within Minutes

Eight out of ten adults experience lower back pain once in their lifetime. I am one of those people and I’m definitely not looking forward to my …

Recipes

How Holding On to Unrequited Love Keeps You Alone & Stuck

<b>“Let no one who loves be unhappy, even love unreturned has its rainbow.” ~James M. Barrie</b><p>My first experience with unrequited love took place when I …

15 Websites You Should Know To Make Your Life Easier

One thing that people don’t seem to talk about enough when it comes to the Internet is its daily utility. The whole thing with social media and …

The Neurologist Who Hacked His Brain—And Almost Lost His Mind

The brain surgery lasted 11 and a half hours, beginning on the afternoon of June 21, 2014, and stretching into the Caribbean predawn of the next day. …

Neurophilosophy

Psychology Says the Fear of Rejection Can Be a Source of Strength

We all fear rejection and I get it, it makes sense.<p>Our ancestors had to stay together to survive. If someone was rejected, and became an outcast, …

A Guided Meditation for the Anxious Mind

Welcome to your Buddha Buddy five-minute guided meditation. During this practice, we will focus on your body and breathing awareness, in an attempt to soothe the mind. Find a comfortable seated position somewhere in nature. Now close your eyes and take a deep breath. Picture your front door. Did …

How To Wait For What You Want

9 of the Longest Journeys You Can Take Around the World

Sometimes, you just want to stretch your journey out as long as possible. So try putting some of the world’s longest journeys on your bucket list. …