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Opioid epidemic: ex-DEA official says Congress is protecting drug makers

October 31st, 2016  |  Source: The Guardian

A former top Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) official has accused Congress of putting pharmaceutical company profits ahead of public health in the battle to combat the US’s prescription opioid epidemic.


Renewables overtake coal as world’s largest source of power capacity

October 25th, 2016  |  Source: FT.com

About 500,000 solar panels installed every day last year as green electricity surges

About 500,000 solar panels were installed every day last year as a record-shattering surge in green electricity saw renewables overtake coal as the world’s largest source of installed power capacity.

Two wind turbines went up every hour in countries such as China, according to International Energy Agency officials who have sharply upgraded their forecasts of how fast renewable energy sources will keep growing.


A Trek to the Giant Mongolian Glacier That Holds the Secrets to Global Warming

October 17th, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

Deep in the Altai mountains, American scholars are using drones to study glacier-formed ridges that could unlock the mysteries of abrupt climate change.

Thousands of years ago, near what is now the shared border of Mongolia, China, and Russia, water sat frozen in mountain glaciers that extended for miles. At the end of the Ice Age, with temperatures rising rapidly, the ice began to melt, and water poured across the landscape, carving out wide valleys. Granite silt and ice ground into the Earth, polishing smooth the sandstone bedrock.


Why Disappointment Is So Devastating: Dopamine, Addiction, and the Hedonic Treadmill

October 12th, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

Unless rewards are constantly getting bigger and more exciting, even the best experiences pale over time when repeated.

Disappointment is one of my least favorite emotions, and I know I’m not alone in my hatred of it. Among people with addiction, dashed hopes are a common trigger for relapse. And even if you’ve never been addicted, it’s quite tempting to respond to an unexpected loss, failure, or rejection by having a drink or two.


Donald Trump’s problem with impulse control

October 3rd, 2016  |  Source: FT.com

The Republican candidate will win no new fans with his late-night Twitter rants

Here is how Republicans hoped it would go. Donald Trump would be sticking to his message, projecting a calm temperament and steering clear of his Twitter feed. This would enable him to press home his “Make America Great Again” theme: politics is broken, Washington needs a ruthless dealmaker, and the US can no longer afford political correctness.

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A Call for Facebook Metrics to Be Audited and Accredited

October 3rd, 2016  |  Source: Ad Age

The Association of National Advertisers is calling for Facebook's metrics to be audited and accredited by the Media Rating Council in light of the social media network's disclosure that it has been giving marketers an inflated number for the average time spent viewing online clips.


Fed Up

September 26th, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

Aerial views of industrial feedlots illuminate their toxic impact on the land.

Once upon a time, pigs and cows grazed on the same land where crops grew, moving from field to field with each new season. The livestock feasted on the cover crops; the soil, on the livestock’s enriching manure.


Make America Great Again—Invest in High-Skilled Immigrants

September 21st, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

What Donald Trump and the GOP get wrong about STEM guest workers.

Are foreign workers coming to United States to steal the best jobs from hard-working Americans? Absolutely — and new research shows it’s quite good for the country.


Irrigation Nation

September 19th, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

How an esoteric piece of farm equipment created America’s breadbasket—and threatens to destroy it.

Rick Hammond turned a yellow dial until it locked into place with a hollow clank, and a high-pressure hum filled the air. Across the windswept field, a light started blinking atop a metal contraption that stretched a quarter mile from end to end, adorned with an array of dangling hoses and sprinkler heads. With a humped metal spine and rib-like trusses, it looked like the skeleton of some sort of robotic brontosaurus.




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