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As marijuana in more States, adolescent problems with pot are declining


This week data came in from a survey of more than 210,000 adolescents from 50 different states. The numbers indicated that teens with marijuana related problems are vastly declining. Interestingly the study also shows that the amount of young marijuana users is falling despite the fact that it is more freely available and being decriminalized. However the figures show the number of adults using the drug has increased.

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis examined data on drug use collected from

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Fort McMurray wildfire grows 8 times larger as battle continues


The residence of Fort McMurray — 80,000 people who have fled a raging wildfire — now face a long wait before they can return to their homes and resume anything close to normal lives.

That was the grim news delivered Thursday evening by Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, who warned residents it will take many days before their city is safe to live in again.

Notley refused to speculate about how long the wait might be.

“Unfortunately, we do know that it won’t be a matter of days,” she said.

With thousands of people now

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North Korea sentences tourist to 15 years in prison


North Korea’s highest court sentenced an American tourist to 15 years in prison with hard labor on Wednesday for subversion.

Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia undergraduate, was convicted and sentenced in a one-hour trial in North Korea’s Supreme Court.

He was charged with subversion under Article 60 of North Korea’s criminal code. The court held that he had committed a crime “pursuant to the U.S. government’s hostile policy toward (the North), in a bid to impair the unity of its people

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Lab bred corals reproduce in the wild for the first time

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Rising Ocean temperatures and acidification are a significant threat to coral reefs. Maintaining healthy coral communities is essential to marine biodiversity. However the coral reefs seem to be losing the battle. In the last 40 years up to 80% of all the coral in the Caribbean has disappeared.

There is some good news however. Scientists have for the first time been able to grow coral in a laboratory and replant it into wild coral reefs and observed it reproduce on

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The Ocumetics Bionic Lens was created by Canadian Dr Garth Webb, and it takes around 8 minutes to implant. The lens is folded into a syringe with saline solution and and placed in the eye. Once the lens unravels the patients vision is not only corrected, but 3 times better than 20/20 vision. The lens would in essence give a person superhuman vision. For example, very small writing on the wall that someone with 20/20 vision would only be able

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Dean Karnazes: the man who can run for ever

Most runners have to stop when they reach their lactate threshold, but Dean Karnazes’ muscles never tire: he can run for three days and nights without stopping. What’s his secret?


From club runners to Olympians, every athlete has a limit. Scientifically, this limit is defined as the body’s lactate threshold and when you exercise beyond it, running rapidly becomes unpleasant. We’ve all experienced that burning feeling – heart pounding, lungs gasping for air – as your muscles begin to fatigue, eventually

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Storks choose junk food over migration


We are slowly changing the world, day by day and refuse bag by refuse bag. The waste from our homes accumulates in massive landfills, and as a species we don’t really have a long term plan for dealing with all this waste. Often we don’t fully grasp the complete impact we are having on the environment. Studies have now shown that white storks have become addicted to junk food, and how exactly does one keep birds out of our ever growing landfills.


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The leading theories explaining why we have never been visited by aliens


In a universe bustling with trillions of galaxies, and in our Milky Way alone thousands if not millions of potentially habitable planets, it’s almost troubling that we have yet to see one shred of evidence that might prove that we are not alone out there. The Fermi’s Paradox named after Enrico Fermi is this apparent contradiction between what is the high estimates or probability of existence of intelligent civilizations and the complete lack of any evidence for such civilizations. This is something

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New Study finds stubborn children more likely to be successful adults

Girl Sticking Out Tongue --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

Being a parent of a stubborn child can often be an exhausting, thankless responsibility. When you’re trying to convince your 5 year old that ice-cream is not actually good for you and that wearing your gloves in winter might just prevent you from getting sick. It can often feel like you should have been endowed with super powers to be truly prepared to handle them.  There is however some light at

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Justin Beiber seen drinking alone at a gay bar

Justin Beiber was seen drinking alone in a North Holywood gay bar. He apparently entered Club Cobra at around 9pm, ordered a drink and sat alone at the bar.
The bouncer approached him to ask for a photo, to which Justin obliged. The bar was empty except for the bartender and staff and the bouncer believes that Justin did not realise he had walked into a gay bar.
The bar apparently doesn’t get it’s usual clientele until around 11:30. Justin left at around

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