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.
The way that you think about stress can actually transform the effect that it has on you – and others.
- Stress is contagious, and the higher up in an organization you are the more your stress will be noticed and felt by others.
- Kelly McGonigal teaches "Reset your mindset to reduce stress" for Big Think Edge.
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Three scientists publish paper proving that not Venus but Mercury is the closest planet to Earth
- Earth is the third planet from the Sun, so our closest neighbour must be planet two of four, right?
- Wrong! Neither Venus nor Mars is the right answer.
- Three scientists ran the numbers. In this YouTube video, one of them explains why our nearest neighbour is... Mercury!
The blood of horseshoe crabs is harvested on a massive scale in order to retrieve a cell critical to medical research. However, recent innovations might make this practice obsolete.
- Horseshoe crabs' blue blood is so valuable that a quart of it can be sold for $15,000.
- This is because it contains a molecule that is crucial to the medical research community.
- Today, however, new innovations have resulted in a synthetic substitute that may end the practice of farming horseshoe crabs for their blood.
The distance between the American dream and reality is expressed best through literature.
- Literature expands our ability to feel empathy and inspires compassion.
- These ten novels tackle some facet of the American experience.
- The list includes a fictional retelling of the first Native American to graduate from Harvard and hiding out in inner city Newark.
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