News Flash: Ritalin Is Just Like Cocaine!
New research from Rockefeller University confirms what millions of teenagers have known for years, that the overly-prescribed methylphenidate, commonly known as Ritalin, is practically the same as coke.
Specifically, the research found that ritalin causes physical changes in reward regions of mouse brains that overlap with those of cocaine. The findings were published in the current issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (For the record, both methylphenidate and cocaine are in the class of drugs known as psychostimulants. Hmmm.) "The study highlights the need for more research into methylphenidate’s long-term effects on the brain," the researchers say. What's alarming is that this further research wasn't conducted decades ago when doctors were essentially prescribing pills of blow to help kids finish their homework.
In a breakthrough for nuclear fusion research, scientists at China's Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) reactor have produced temperatures necessary for nuclear fusion on Earth.
- The EAST reactor was able to heat hydrogen to temperatures exceeding 100 million degrees Celsius.
- Nuclear fusion could someday provide the planet with a virtually limitless supply of clean energy.
- Still, scientists have many other obstacles to pass before fusion technology becomes a viable energy source.
Military recruits are supposed to be assessed to see whether they're fit for service. What happens when they're not?
- During the Vietnam War, Robert McNamara began a program called Project 100,000.
- The program brought over 300,000 men to Vietnam who failed to meet minimum criteria for military service, both physically and mentally.
- Project 100,000 recruits were killed in disproportionate numbers and fared worse after their military service than their civilian peers, making the program one of the biggest—and possibly cruelest—mistakes of the Vietnam War.
The 116th Congress is set to break records in term of diversity among its lawmakers, though those changes are coming almost entirely from Democrats.
- Women and nonwhite candidates made record gains in the 2018 midterms.
- In total, almost half of the newly elected Congressional representatives are not white men.
- Those changes come almost entirely from Democrats; Republican members-elect are all white men except for one woman.
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