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Dangerous Drug Use Falling In Western World

It may not seem like it, what with all the horror stories regularly meted out by the media, but the Western world is seeing a steady decline in the use of dangerous drugs. With the exception of heroin, which (for various reasons, which we’ll go into a little later) is increasing its hold on the USA, more and more people are turning down the allure of drugs in favor of more regulated, less harmful entertainment.

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Pope Francis: Gay People ‘Should Not Be Judged’

via Sky News | Wed July 31, 2013
He told reporters people should not be marginalised because of their sexual orientation - but he reaffirmed the Church's position that homosexual acts are a sin and said its opposition to gay marriage was clear.

Obama ‘backs assault weapons ban’

via BBC | Tue December 18, 2012
US President Barack Obama wants to reinstate an assault weapons ban in the wake of the mass killings in Newtown, Connecticut, his spokesman says.

Amputee Climbs 103 Stories Using Mind-Controlled Bionic Leg

via Popular Science | Wed November 14, 2012
A man with a mind-controlled bionic leg climbed to the top of Chicago’s famous Sears Willis Tower Sunday, part of a charity stair-climbing event. Zac Vawter, 31, lost his right leg in a motorcycle accident and is the first person to climb that many floors wearing a bionic limb.

Victories for Marriage Equality and First Openly Gay U.S. Senator

via DCist | Wed November 07, 2012
Before last night, voters in more than 30 consecutive statewide elections across the United States approved bans on same-sex marriage. On Tuesday, three states broke the trend—with a fourth still counting its votes—in what some advocates and organizations are calling the most successful election for gay rights ever.

Want to be happier? Stay in the moment

Story contains video via TED | Tue November 06, 2012
When are humans most happy? To gather data on this question, Matt Killingsworth built an app, Track Your Happiness, that let people report their feelings in real time. Among the surprising results: We're often happiest when we're lost in the moment.

Lucas Giving Disney’s Billions To Fund Education

via Discovery News | Sun November 04, 2012
As Star Wars fans digest the news that George Lucas' company Lucasfilm was sold to Disney for a little over $4 billion, it turns out that it wasn't for personal profit.

Fear can be erased from the brain before its memory has been formed

via GizMag | Fri October 19, 2012
An old saying tells us not to dwell on an unpleasant event. A new clinical study suggests the saying has both psychological and neurological support for its validity.

Deaf girl fitted with bionic ear speaks her first word

via BBC | Mon September 03, 2012
Emily Small told her baby daughter Evie she loved her every day for 22 months, but the girl never heard her mother's words once.

Puppet experiment suggests humans are born to be fair

via BBC | Sun September 02, 2012
A psychological experiment using a simple game revealed that, by the age of just three, children choose to reward their peers based on merit. The children gave the puppet more stickers if it had "worked harder" - gathering more coins.

Bill Nye the Science Guy asks parents not to raise creationist kids‎

Story contains video via Entertainment Today | Tue August 28, 2012
Creationists: Please don't teach your kids to deny evolution, begs science educator and television personality Bill Nye, who hosted "Bill Nye the Science Guy" in the 1990s.

Pairing ‘angels’ with cancer patients

Story contains video via CNN | Sun August 26, 2012
Jonny Imerman is a cancer survivor who wants to make sure no young adult battles the disease alone. In 2002, he started Imerman Angels, a nonprofit that pairs cancer patients with cancer survivors for one-on-one support. The group has made more than 8,000 matches worldwide.

London’s Eco-Friendly Olympic Games

via ENN | Mon July 30, 2012
The whole world has gathered in London for the Summer Olympic Games. It is the third time this city has hosted the games, and the nation is aiming to make it unique as the first "sustainable" Olympics.

Buddha tree alive and healthy at age 2,500

via UPI | Mon July 23, 2012
The 2,500-year-old tree under which Gautama Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment is alive and healthy, Indian scientists said Thursday.

Ex-addicts staying sober through sport

Story contains video via CNN | Tue July 10, 2012
After beating his addiction to drugs and alcohol, Scott Strode found support through sports. Since 2007, his nonprofit, Phoenix Multisport, has provided free athletic activities and a sober support community to more than 4,700 participants in Colorado.

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