Category: Science & Technology

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Ayahuasca may have the potential to treat anorexia

A study published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs has found that ayahuasca might have the potential to help people recover from eating disorders.
 
Dr. Adele Lafrance, a professor at Laurentian University in Ontario, and her colleagues used 16 participants from North America who had suffered from either bulimia nervosa or anorexia nervosa and studied their reactions to the psychoactive tea. Read more...

Scottish government backs the people, bans fracking

In a heart-warming and climate-cooling victory for both democracy and environment, the Scottish government plans to place an indefinite ban on fracking.

A temporary moratorium on the environmentally questionable fossil fuel extraction technique had already been in place since January 2015, with a five-month public consultation earlier this year inviting citizens’ views on whether it should be made permanent. Read more...

Big Pharma and ADHD: Stop the overprescription of harmful medication

 

Last time I talked about how reshaping our conceptions towards the idea that the self is dynamic and changeable – with awareness, desire, and perseverance – can lead us all on a path to betterance. This time round, I want to show how pharmaceutical giants have pushed a culture of overdiagnosis and overmedication of ADHD onto us, harming our children and our society all in the pursuit of profits. Read more...

Why your phone might not be the reason you can’t sleep at night

The harmfulness of blue light to our sleep cycles has been widely reported on in the past few years, but a new UTM study suggests that our restless nights might in fact be due to our hunter-gatherer ancestry.

 
The study, recently conducted by David Samson Assistant Professor of Anthropology at UTM, supports the sentinel hypothesis, according to which restless sleeping and waking up during the night served as means of survival in hunter-gatherer groups back when sleep made humans vulnerable to predators and other threats. Read more...

Game of Thrones scripts leaked by hackers demanding ransom

US television network HBO have been targeted by hackers who have released 3.4GB of files, including the phone numbers and emails of Game of Thrones actors.
 
In a video letter to HBO CEO Richard Plepler, the hackers demand a ransom of several million dollars in bitcoin, saying that if the network does not pay within three days they will release a further 1.5 terabytes of confidential corporate data. Read more...