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Decriminalise drug use, say experts after six-year study

Oct 15, 2012 by

Advisors say no serious rise in consumption is likely if possession of small amounts of controlled drugs is allowed.. A six-year study of Britain’s drug laws by leading scientists, police officers, academics and experts has concluded it is time to introduce decriminalisation. The report by the UK Drug Policy Commission (UKDPC), an independent advisory body, [...]

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Weasel words that politicians use to obscure terrible truths

Oct 15, 2012 by

“Never believe anything until it is officially denied,” is a useful saying, advising scepticism towards whatever the government claims to be doing. This is the right mental attitude for any journalist or observer of the political scene. See it on Scoop.it, via Mindscape Magazine

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The Idiot Box: How TV Is Turning Us All Into Zombies

Oct 15, 2012 by

TV turns you into a zombie. While these words are more often than not used as a tiresome metaphor to highlight how much crap we are forced to endure on television today, they do in fact serve as a deadly accurate literal statement. Two separate studies this month alone have found that excessive amounts of [...]

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The Evolution of Mind: A Brief Historiographical Review

Oct 15, 2012

One of the most critical issues in science today pertains to the relationship of the brain to the mind. Is the mind merely a functional by-product of the brain’s evolution or is the mind, that rich polygonal stream of mental life known as self-awareness or self-consciousness, a disembodied entity that appropriates the comprehensive neural systems [...]

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Top 10 Food Myths Busted

Oct 15, 2012

True or false – Will carbohydrates make you fat? Does salt increase blood pressure? If you think that the answer to both our questions is ‘true,’ you have reached the right destination. There are several myths your parents and friends will tell you, but are they scientifically true? We blow the cover of ten most [...]

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Red Pill or Blue Pill: Do we live in the Matrix? Researchers say they have found a way to find out

Oct 15, 2012

If the Matrix left you with the niggling fear that we might indeed be living in a computer generated universe staged by a malevolent artificial intelligence using the human race as an energy farm, help is at hand.Silas Beane of the University of Bonn, Germany, and his colleagues contend that a simulation of the universe, [...]

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Mysterious elk-shaped structure discovered in Russia

Oct 15, 2012

A huge geoglyph in the shape of an elk or deer discovered in Russia may predate Peru’s famous Nazca Lines by thousands of years. The animal-shaped stone structure, located near Lake Zjuratkul in the Ural Mountains, north of Kazakhstan, has an elongated muzzle, four legs and two antlers. A historical Google Earth satellite image from [...]

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A Doctor’s Experience With the Afterlife

Oct 15, 2012

When a neurosurgeon found himself in a coma, he experienced things he never thought possible—a journey to the afterlife. There is no scientific explanation for the fact that while my body lay in coma, my mind—my conscious, inner self—was alive and well. While the neurons of my cortex were stunned to complete inactivity by the [...]

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The More Chocolate A Nation Eats, The More Nobel Prizes It Gets

Oct 15, 2012

But not really. A research paper shows how perfectly verified statistical results can still be perfectly wrong.A study has foundthat a country’s consumption of chocolate is directly correlated to the number of Nobel laureates it has produced. The correlation here is false, of course, and that’s precisely why the study was published. New York physician [...]

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MS drug 'rebranded' – at up to 20 times the price

Oct 15, 2012

A pharmaceutical company stands accused of putting profit before patients after withdrawing a drug used in the treatment of a chronic debilitating disease – ahead of relaunching it at a price predicted to be up to 20 times higher. See it on Scoop.it, via Mindscape Magazine

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