Photo of first Issue of High Times magazine – Summer 1974
from the Onion
NEW YORK—Casual readers of the marijuana-enthusiast magazine High Times are no more likely than non-readers to develop a habit for harder forms of reading, according to a study released Monday by the National Institutes of Health.
The findings raise significant doubts about the so-called “gateway magazine” theory, which claims that High Times readers run a higher risk of moving on to harder-hitting titles such as Time and Newsweek, or even mind-expanding publications like Scientific American.
“The conventional wisdom is that High Times users go on to experiment with harder-cover reading materials, becoming ‘book junkies’ who rummage through street bargain bins for a fix,” said Dr. David Kunkel, the study’s chief author. . . . Read Complete Report
from Sovereign Man
by Simon Black
May 9, 2012
Sao Paulo, Brazil
When most people think of Brazil, it’s the incredible beaches that come to mind. Or the crazy parties of Carnival. Or the spectacular vistas and great weather. Or how indescribably gorgeous (and welcoming) the locals are.
But here’s a little known fact, and it’s something that sets Brazil apart from most other places: Brazil’s constitution prohibits the extradition of Brazilian citizens to other countries. This is a rare gem in the world… I’ll explain. . . . Read complete Report
from Phys Org
photo: Robot squirrels built by UC Davis engineers are being used to study how rattlesnakes and squirrels interact. Credit: Andy Fell, UC Davis
Robot squirrels from the University of California, Davis, are going into rattlesnake country near San Jose, continuing a research project on the interaction between squirrels and rattlesnakes.
In the lab, robot squirrels have shown how squirrels signal to snakes with heat and tail flagging. Through field experiments, researchers from San Diego State University and UC Davis aim to learn more about rattlesnake behavior.
It’s not the only use of robots to study animal behavior at UC Davis. Terry Ord, a former postdoctoral researcher now at Harvard University, used robot lizards to study display behavior by anole lizards in the jungles of Puerto Rico. Gail Patricelli, professor of evolution and ecology, has used a camera-equipped robot sage grouse hen to study the mating behavior of these prairie birds. . . . Read Complete Report