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Arianna Huffington


This Is Your Brain on Legal Drugs: Let's End the Drug War With a Minimum of Casualties by Following the Science

Arianna Huffington | July 29, 2014 | Politics
Human beings sometimes have a troubling inability to hold two thoughts in mind at the same time -- not only when the two thoughts contradict each other but even when they simply appear to be in conflict with each other but actually aren't. And nowhere is there a greater need for us to get past this tendency than when discussing the ongoing war on drugs. It should be possible to say that, as a first step toward ending this shameful chapter in our country's history, we should continue with the movement toward the decriminalization of marijuana. And we should also be able to say that as we decriminalize, we should take every step possible to minimize the harm, since there is scientific evidence of the dangers of pot on some of our most vulnerable citizens. So as we move toward legalization, let's put the science front and center.
Meg Lowman

Taiwan Follows in the Scientific Footsteps of Florida State Park

Meg Lowman | July 29, 2014 | Green
In 2009 two Taiwanese national-park employees arrived at my doorstep in Sarasota, Florida, determined to learn everything about the canopy walkway built in nearby Myakka River State Park. This unique treetop walkway has not only inspired research discoveries but doubled (or even tripled) visitors to the park.
Margaret Neale

How Your Appearance Is Affecting Your Behavior

Margaret Neale | July 29, 2014 | Healthy Living
Our cultural preoccupation with physical appearance isn't simply a narcissistic tendency, but may, in part, reflect our striving for social standing in society.
David H. Bailey


How Financially Literate Is the Investing Public?

David H. Bailey | July 29, 2014 | Money
Many workers are now directly responsible for their financial well-being. Most individual investors are not sufficiently well-informed on financial matters, and thus often make less-than-optimal choices in managing their retirement.
Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D.


Lucid Dreaming: New Horizons for Research

Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D. | July 29, 2014 | Science
For most of the 20th century, lucid dreaming received almost no attention from mainstream psychologists. Most researchers seemed to think it was impossible to be dreaming and self-aware at the same time. (The philosopher Norman Malcolm's 1962 book Dreaming made exactly that argument.) Even if a few people...
David J. Eicher


Do You See the Universe Clearly?

David J. Eicher | July 28, 2014 | Science
If you use your intuition, believe what others tell you on first blush, or simply try to calculate your way to conclusions, probably not. If you view the world empirically, watching as numerous observations and experiments put together conclusions, then yes, you see the world as a scientist.
Suzan Mazur


Dimitar Sasselov: Generation II -- Let There Be Light

Suzan Mazur | July 28, 2014 | Science
One of Sasselov's most important contributions in science could turn out to be his expertise in ultraviolet radiation: Sasselov is now designing the UV light in which the world's first synthesized protocell, which he calls "Generation II," is expected to emerge in roughly three years and begin a new tree of life.
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.


Dr. Joseph Sonnabend and the Battlefield of AIDS

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | July 28, 2014 | Gay Voices
Once HIV was established as the cause of AIDS, a new designation emerged for those who remained unyielding on this issue of etiology: AIDS denialism.
Wait But Why

Your Life in Weeks

Wait But Why | July 28, 2014 | Business
You have about 4,500 weeks to live, and seeing them all on one image is a weird experience.
Jackson Taylor

Overcoming the Worst Moment With Words

Jackson Taylor | July 28, 2014 | TED Weekends
Warehousing and silencing any segment of a population is a fear-based practice, and, in order for democracy to function, we believe it is important to hear from every segment of the population, even those disenfranchised by crime.
Naomi Oreskes


Wishful Thinking About Natural Gas

Naomi Oreskes | July 28, 2014 | Green
Albert Einstein is rumored to have said that one cannot solve a problem with the same thinking that led to it. Yet this is precisely what we are now trying to do with climate change policy.
Dr. Ellen Prager


Enjoy the Show: Learn More After 'Sharknado 2'

Dr. Ellen Prager | July 28, 2014 | Science
Hollywood blockbusters are not science documentaries nor do they pretend to be, they are pure entertainment that recognizes the interest and fascination people have with nature, natural disasters, and the Earth.
Alfie Kohn


Perfect, It Turns Out, Is What Practice Doesn't Make

Alfie Kohn | July 28, 2014 | Education
We may have to face the fact that our common-sense beliefs about excellence, or what we think ought to be the case about the importance of hard work, aren't necessarily true.
Timothy P. Silard


The Power of Second Chances

Timothy P. Silard | July 25, 2014 | TED Weekends
Our "incarceration only" approach to public safety has left us with bloated prisons and jails, wasted tax dollars and sky-high recidivism rates (more than half of those behind bars end up back in prison within three years after they are released).
Heather Ann Thompson


Redemption and the War on Drugs

Heather Ann Thompson | July 25, 2014 | TED Weekends
It seems not to matter that, like so many veterans of other ugly wars, the young people who experienced the brutal Drug War had only become soldiers in the first place because of a "poverty draft." It also seems irrelevant to most that the longer these young conscripts to the Drug War lived with its brutality, the more violent they themselves became.
Tara Oakman

Not the End of the Story: Building Empathy in Pursuit of a Culture of Health

Tara Oakman | July 25, 2014 | TED Weekends
"Doctors pulled the bullets out, patched me up and sent me back to the same neighborhood where I was shot. No one hugged me. No one counseled me. No one told me that I would be okay." If that emergency room treating Senghur had been trauma-informed, could he have been provided with the attention he may have needed and not have perpetuated the cycle of violence by eventually killing another man?
Dr. Sten Odenwald


Pseudoscience: Great for Business... But Not Much Else!

Dr. Sten Odenwald | July 25, 2014 | Science
Whether it's the passionate religious fervor stoked by the Shroud of Turin or racist, anti-Native American revisionist history, these "controversies" will continue to exist and be maintained because they are a good business proposition.
World Science Festival


This Week In Science: Snipping Out HIV, Gas-Guzzling Lobster and Expensive Old Poop

World Science Festival | July 25, 2014 | Science
Dogs show signs of jealousy when their owners ignore them and pay attention to stuffed animals instead.
Christina Rice


Celebrating Women of the Post-War Era Through Photographs

Christina Rice | July 25, 2014 | Los Angeles
The accomplishments of these women have largely been buried in file cabinets for decades, but are now being resurrected through our efforts to digitize the Valley Times collection. This month, a new Central Library exhibit was unveiled highlighting the remarkable women of the Valley Times.


WATCH: He Was Shot 3 Times And He Killed Someone At 19. Who He Is Today Will Amaze You

TEDTalks | July 25, 2014 | TED Weekends
Is it possible to forgive a murderer? What if that murderer is you? This former drug dealer and convicted murderer was in solitary confinement when he had the awakening that would change his life forever.
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