How Exercise Worsens Drug Addiction
Exercising creates a plentiful new supply of brain cells, all eager to learn and make new associations. When they associate drugs with pleasure, however, the addiction is harder to break.
What's the Latest Development?
Beware of exercising while leading a lecherous lifestyle, says a new scientific study, because physical activity may prime your brain for drug addiction. In experiments carried out at the University of Illinois, mice who exercised developed more powerful addictions to cocaine than their sedentary counterparts. The findings run contrary to the notion that because exercise stimulates reward centers in the brain, it may replace the role of drugs and alcohol in making us feel good. Quite the opposite, exercise seems to increase the power of addiction over our body and mind.
What's the Big Idea?
Researchers say that the physically active mice became more easily addicted to drugs because of how exercise actually benefits the brain. Plentiful supplies of new brain cells were observed in the active mice, cells which were eager to learn by creating new associations. What they learned, however, was that cocaine made them feel good. So, say researchers, while an addiction developed while exercising may be harder to break, exercise continues to increase our capacity to learn—it's up to each individual to use that capacity wisely.
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Many believe that the internet has made it easier for us to participate in political activism. But is that really true?
- Protesting in person is costly in terms of money and resources; some people have children to take care of, jobs that can't be away from, or may not have time to attend a planning event.
- The internet was supposed to be a way to sidestep this barrier to political activism. But this doesn't consider the other barriers preventing poor and working-class folks from participating in digital activism.
- In particular, these people lack ASETs: access to computers, the skills to use them, the empowerment necessary to feel that using Twitter or other social media is for them, and the time to make use of digital platforms in an effective way.
Some games are just for fun, others are for thought provoking statements on life, the universe, and everything.
- Video games are often dismissed as fun distractions, but some of them dive into deep issues.
- Through their interactive play elements, these games approach big issues intelligently and leave you both entertained and enlightened.
- These five games are certainly not the only games that cover these topics or do so well, but are a great starting point for somebody who wants to play something thought provoking.
The bid to buy Greenland is unlikely to become seriously considered.
- Greenland and Danish officials alike think the idea is ridiculous.
- The island is an autonomous state, and it's unlikely the Danish would sell it because of yearly subsidies costs.
- After hearing the Danish Prime Minister call the idea absurd, Trump cancelled their forthcoming meeting.