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Environment

THE RIGHT TO GROW MY OWN TOMATOES: BEWARE THE MARIJUANA-INDUSTRIAL-COMPLEX

August 30th, 2016  |  Source: Cloudponics.com

The marijuana industry has clearly reached a new level of mass commercialism and I fear we’re in danger of creating a “Marijuana Industrial Complex” that involves venture capitalists, Wall Street traders, pharmaceutical companies, celebrity branding, government regulation and even mainstream media catering to the marijuana industry.


How the Money Bail System Perpetuates America’s Mass Incarceration Problem

August 26th, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

If there was ever an example of how economic incentives can warp the institutions of justice, local jails are it.

At this very moment, nearly 450,000 Americans are sitting in county jails not because they’ve been charged with a crime, but because they simply don’t have enough money to post bail. And according to a new study, America’s money bail system isn’t just unconstitutional—it’s a fundamental engine of injustice in the United States.


Why Big Pharma’s Argument for Its High Drug Prices Doesn’t Make Sense

August 24th, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

America is only middle-of-the-road when it comes to innovation for dollar spent.

Drug pricing in America has gained a lot of attention recently, with the price tags of everything from new cancer medicines to EpiPens skyrocketing. Many have wondered: Is it fair to make life-saving drugs so costly?


Disasters like Louisiana floods will worsen as planet warms, scientists warn

August 16th, 2016  |  Source: The Guardian

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to classify disaster as the eighth flood considered to be a once-in-every-500-years event in the US in a year

The historic and devastating floods in Louisiana are the latest in a series of heavy deluges that some climate scientists warn will become even more common as the world continues to warm.


Holding Algorithms Accountable

August 15th, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

As algorithms control more aspects of our lives, we need to be able to challenge them.

Algorithms are ubiquitous in our lives. They map out the best route to our destination and help us find new music based on what we listen to now. But they are also being employed to inform fundamental decisions about our lives.


The age of digital possible

August 12th, 2016  |  Source: Enterprseinnovation.net

Digital is the new currency in our new hyper-connected era, enabling new business initiatives and marketing campaigns that may have been too costly and impractical in the past. From retail to hospitality, there is no question that digital has transformed the way business is being conducted today.


The lake that left town

August 10th, 2016  |  Source: The Guardian

Val Aubrey parked her boat trailer on the shore of Eagle Lake, in north-eastern California. She walked to an overlook where a sign warned against swimming and diving. “This” – she opened her arms wide – “used to be the marina.”

Down below, docks sat among nettles and thistles growing on what used to be the lake bed. The boat ramp led to sunbaked dirt, and squirrels skittered across the concrete.


N.H. Hits Resistance in Investigation of Pharma's Opioid Marketing Practices

August 9th, 2016  |  Source: NHPR

It’s no secret drugs like OxyContin and hydromorphone are highly addictive.

The real question is this: do drug companies downplay how addictive they are while marketing the medicine to doctors?

New Hampshire’s Attorney General Joe Foster suspects false marketing of legal pills has led to abuse of illicit drugs like heroin. That’s why he subpoenaed the nation’s largest manufacturers of prescription painkillers.


For Climate Scientists, the Siberian Anthrax Outbreak Is a Sign of What’s to Come

August 4th, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

We don’t yet know what else lies buried within the Earth’s permafrostwhich is scary, because warming in the Arctic is accelerating.

If you’re a climate scientist, what happens when your dire predictions start coming true? The ongoing anthrax outbreak in Siberia is offering us a preview: What was once considered a future theoretical possibility — a re-animated deadly bacterium emerging from the permafrost — is now a reality.




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