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Alcohol is worse for your memory than marijuana

While both substances can have detrimental effects on your memory, a number of recent studies suggest that alcohol is far worse than marijuana in a number of ways. 

What about the aloof, zoned-out stoner stereotype? Some say it’s real, and the short-term and long-term memory loss from regular cannabis is more severe if you start young. Additionally, smoking marijuana, the most common method for consumption, is bad for your lungs (though not as bad as cigarettes).

But the same has been said for alcohol: Regular alcohol use during adolescent or teen years can damage one’s motor skills and even stunt long-term motivation. Studies have also shown that alcohol has tremendous negative effects on short-term memory. After reaching a certain blood alcohol level, the booze blocks the brain’s ability to create new memories (known colloquially as “blackout”).

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College is viewed as a necessity, yet priced as a luxury.

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Holder recounted to the group of 50 how he was stopped in New Jersey twice, accused of speeding as officers searched his car.

“I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was and the impact it had on me,” he said.

Holder also recalled how he and his cousin were stopped in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., while heading to a movie, and his cousin started “mouthing off.”

“I’m like, ‘This is not where we want to go. Keep quiet.’ I’m angry and upset. We negotiate the whole thing and we walk to our movie,” the attorney general said. “At the time that he stopped me, I was a federal prosecutor. I wasn’t a kid. I was a federal prosecutor. I worked at the United States Department of Justice. So I’ve confronted this myself.”

Fans of the "Culture of Poverty" thesis like to say that Black people wouldn’t be harassed by police so often if they didn’t “sag their jeans” or “dress like thugs.”  But the fact is that you can be a high-ranking, suit-wearing, law-degree-having professional, and cops will still target you.  It may be the case that Holder was actually speeding when he was pulled over.  But consider this: I am a White male and I’ve been pulled over by police numerous times in my life for traffic violations, including speeding.  I’ve been pulled over by city cops, county cops, and state cops.  On most of these occasions, I was dressed casually, and my car was a mess.  Do you want to know how many times my car has been searched by police?



never pass up the opportunity to pet a dog

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Chart shows the tremendous impact Title IX has had on women

While Title IX has been invaluable for a number of reasons (sexual assault on campuses being one of them), it’s legacy is perhaps most well-known for the way it helped promote women’s sports and female athletes in general.

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Like many sports, the gameplay in football can be strongly affected by the ball’s spin. Corner kicks and free kicks can curve in non-intuitive ways, making the job of the goalie much harder. These seemingly impossible changes in trajectory are due to airflow around the spinning ball and what’s known as the Magnus effect. In the animation above, flow is moving from right to left around a football. As the ball starts spinning, the symmetry of the flow around the ball is broken. On top, the ball is spinning toward the incoming flow, and the green dye pulls away from the surface. This is flow separation and creates a high-pressure, low-velocity area along the top of the ball. In contrast, the bottom edge of the ball pulls dye along with it, keeping flow attached to the ball for longer and creating low pressure. Just as a wing has lift due to the pressure difference on either side of the wing, the pressure imbalance on the football creates a force acting from high-to-low pressure. In this case, that is a downward force relative to the ball’s rightward motion. In a freely moving football, this force would curve its trajectory to the side. (GIF credit: SkunkBear/NPR; original video: NASA Ames; via skunkbear)

Fluid dynamics meets Cristiano Ronaldo.

Scientists at the Nestle Institute of Health Sciences (yes, the same company that makes Goobers, Crunch and Sweet Tarts also has an Institute of Health Sciences) are working on a new device that would measure your nutritional deficiencies and produce foods and drinks to correct the imbalance.

The project, which researchers have nicknamed “Iron Man,” is part of a larger effort by the company to create a variety of new products that could treat a variety of health problems, from gastrointestinal disorders like irritable bowel syndrome to metabolic problems.

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