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The Spread of Pro-Pot Legislation Across America

March 23rd, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

Nebraska and Oklahoma have a problem with Colorado's lax marijuana laws.


California Steps Into the Gun Research Void

March 22nd, 2016  |  Source: Bloomberg

Homicide and unintentional injury are two major causes of premature death in the U.S. Firearms, which kill or injure about 100,000 Americans annually, are a key component of both. Yet, very little research has been done to find out how best to prevent gun violence.


What Motivates Extreme Self-Sacrifice?

March 21st, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

New work in the field of anthropology says violent extremism isn't really motivated by religion—but by fusion with the group.

Misrata, Libya, 2011. I am ushered into the boardroom of what was once an oil investment corporation. I am surrounded by youths with Kalashnikovs. On the other side of the table are several of Libya's most respected rebel leaders, foremost among them Salim Jawha, a former colonel in Muammar Gaddafi's army who defected on the first day of the revolution.

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Big Maple: Demand for new sweeteners brings boom in Vermont

March 18th, 2016  |  Source: AP/Boston Globe

Once a side venture that helped farmers pay their taxes, Vermont maple syrup is becoming big business, with corporations buying up thousands of acres of trees as they bank in part on a rise in demand for alternative natural sweeteners.

In a state that often eschews outsiders as ‘‘flatlanders’’ and is fiercely protective of its image and branding, it’s perhaps surprising that smaller maple syrup operators don’t seem concerned about the big newcomers. That’s because demand continues to rise, they said.


Pobre México

March 17th, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

The millions of Mexicans who have evaded the legal immigration system work dangerous and dirty jobs for a fraction of American wages—and that's a national disgrace. But the end of cheap, vulnerable immigrant labor is near.


How Meditation Transformed This Entrepreneur's Approach To Work And Life

March 16th, 2016  |  Source: HuffPo

Louis Gagnon journeyed to India to share the power of mindful leadership

Louis Gagnon, president of the carpooling start-up ride.com and former executive at the audio content company Audible Inc., is eschewing the usual tech and entrepreneurship conference circuit for a rather unconventional sort of speaking engagement. 


The strange history of opiates in America: from morphine for kids to heroin for soldiers

March 15th, 2016  |  Source: The Guardian

America’s burgeoning opiate problem is a tragedy, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise: it stretches back to the arrival of the Mayflower in 1620.


Facebook, Google and WhatsApp plan to increase encryption of user data

March 14th, 2016  |  Source: The Guardian

Spurred on by Apple’s battles against the FBI, some of tech’s biggest names are to expand encryption of user data in their services, the Guardian reveals.

Silicon Valley’s leading companies – including Facebook, Google and Snapchat – are working on their own increased privacy technology as Apple fights the US government over encryption, the Guardian has learned.

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Twelve million Americans take out payday loans each year, spending more than $7 billion on loan fees

March 12th, 2016  |  Source: PewTrusts.org

Most borrowers pay more in fees than they originally received in credit

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Obama and Trudeau's Methane Pledge Takes Aim at the Right Target

March 11th, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

The oil and gas industry is the United States' biggest emitter of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.




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