Marijuana, or cannabis, as it is more appropriately called, has been an essential part of humanity's medicine chest for almost as long as history has been recorded. Despite its ancient history, this non-toxic plant still remains illegal in many states and countries. Enforcing these laws in the U.S. also costs taxpayers an estimated $10 billion annually and results in the arrest of more than 693,000 individuals per year -- far more than the total number of arrestees for all violent crimes combined, including murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.
In a recently aired clip on CBS, Physicist Dr. Michio Kaku talks about experiments that scientists have been doing with weather modification. The experiments that he discusses sound strangely similar to what we know about the HAARP facility in Alaska. These experiments seem to operate in the same way, by shooting lasers and nanoparticules into the sky.
Have you ever experienced a sudden feeling of familiarity while in a completely new place? Or the feeling you’ve had the exact same conversation with someone before?
This feeling of familiarity is, of course, known as déjà vu (a French term meaning “already seen”) and it’s reported to occur on an occasional basis in 60-80% of people. It’s an experience that’s almost always fleeting and it occurs at random.
From hydro-electric dams to hydrogen powered vehicles, scientists for years have been struggling to figure out innovative ways to capture the limitless potential of water. Despite the shortcomings, new wave energy technology may be a unique approach to harnessing wave power in our oceans instead.
Humans and animals need to do several things to pass on their genes: eat, avoid being eaten, reproduce and sleep. Missing any of these biological imperatives leads to death. But when we’re asleep we can’t perform those other functions. One of modern science’s big mysteries, then, is: why do we sleep?
Have you ever been listening to a great piece of music and felt a chill run up your spine? Or goosebumps tickle your arms and shoulders?
The experience is called frisson (pronounced free-sawn), a French term meaning “aesthetic chills,” and it feels like waves of pleasure running all over your skin. Some researchers have even dubbed it a “skin orgasm.”
Like sending sensors up into a hurricane, NASA has flown four spacecraft through an invisible maelstrom in space, called magnetic reconnection. Magnetic reconnection is one of the prime drivers of space radiation and so it is a key factor in the quest to learn more about our space environment and protect our spacecraft and astronauts as we explore farther and farther from Earth.
This film was shown only once, and with no advance notice on stations in only five US cities. The original Michael Eisner intro helps spark a sense of nostalgia which few documentaries today can capture.
Our entire universe holds a secret that many humans don't even realize or notice. Hidden from plain-view, "fractals" are never-ending complex patterns which are self-similar across varying scales. They are created by "fragmenting" or repeating a certain process over and over in a loop until a design is created. Some notable examples of fractals in nature can be seen in trees, seashells, mountains, hurricanes and even entire galaxies. Whether its generated through computer Mandelbrot Sets or by nature itself, the complexity of these systems can be vast and over-whelming to human perception.
It's great to see car companies getting involved with improving safety, especially so when it doesn't involve their own vehicles. Developed by Volvo Cars, 'LifePaint' is a unique reflective safety spray which can help anyone riding a bicycle at night stand out to passing vehicles.
The continent of Africa usually isn't considered by the world to be the most popular tourist destination nor the wealthiest, but many would be surprised at how rich it is in natural resources considering its size.
When it comes to New York, very few cities in America can capture the name its made for itself when it comes to innovative technology and forward thinking. However, what happens when these machinations begin to take a life of its own and even those in charge have very few answers their purpose.
Wealth and income inequality have many causes, and it’s pretty much beyond dispute that any well-functioning capitalist society will have some degree of disparity between the richest and the poorest.
It’s also beyond dispute that we are approaching a social consensus that wealth and income inequality in the United States today now threatens to seriously damage our social fabric. That fabric is grounded in two fundamental ideas: liberty, or the freedom to determine our own destinies, and equality. The problem is that over the past thirty years – in tandem with rising inequality – we have favored liberty over equality.