Closing California's Marijuana Frontier
"California is not just deciding whether pot should be legal. It’s determining the shape of a major new American industry."
"If the American marijuana industry goes the way of beer or Big Tobacco, (decisions) may one day be hashed out around boardroom tables, finessed by advertising departments, and subjected to focus groups. A marijuana lobby will set up on K Street, and catchy TV spots for 'Marlboro Greens'...will air between ads for Miller High Life and Doritos during the Super Bowl... Historically, once the forces of consolidation have been set in motion within an industry—whether it’s oil, agribusiness, tobacco, or booze—a self-reinforcing cycle of power has a way of stamping out alternatives and bucking attempts by lawmakers to bring it under control."
Scientists have developed new ways of understanding how the biological forces of death drive important life processes.
- Researchers have found new ways on how decomposing plants and animals contribute to the life cycle.
- After a freak mass herd death of 300 reindeer, scientists were able to study a wide range of the decomposition processes.
- Promoting the necrobiome research will open up new areas of inquiry and even commerce.
What do we see from watching birds move across the country?
- A total of eight billion birds migrate across the U.S. in the fall.
- The birds who migrate to the tropics fair better than the birds who winter in the U.S.
- Conservationists can arguably use these numbers to encourage the development of better habitats in the U.S., especially if temperatures begin to vary in the south.
Explore how alcohol affects your brain, from the first sip at the bar to life-long drinking habits.
- Alcohol is the world's most popular drug and has been a part of human culture for at least 9,000 years.
- Alcohol's effects on the brain range from temporarily limiting mental activity to sustained brain damage, depending on levels consumed and frequency of use.
- Understanding how alcohol affects your brain can help you determine what drinking habits are best for you.
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