When You Listen to Music, You’re Never Alone – Painkillers now kill more Americans than any illegal drug


Today's Science

March 10 - 2016


"The moment you hear a sequence of hierarchically organized abstract sounds we call music, a multitude of associations are activated in your brain. These can include memories, emotions, and even motor programs for playing music. Together they can imply a sense of human agency."

Daniel Gross from Nautilus on:

When You Listen to Music, You’re Never Alone

Technology hasn’t diminished the social quality of listening to music.


"What's worse, as doctors have pulled back on painkillers to halt the epidemic, users have gone to another opioid — heroin. In 2014, more than 10,000 people died from overdoses on that drug as well."

German Lopez from VOX on:

Painkillers now kill more Americans than any illegal drug.

Watch why.


"Which all points to a very strange fact about drug prices: They do not really exist. List prices are nothing more than a starting point for bargaining between drugmakers and the companies that provide prescription drug benefits."

Carolyn Y. Johnson from The Washington Post on:

This drug is defying a rare form of leukemia

and it keeps getting pricier


"[..] for him, one ketamine infusion is enough to immediately quell suicidal thoughts. It works right away, which is enough to convince people suffering from depression that there’s a possibility their quality of life will improve."

Claire Landsbaum from Science of Us on:

What It’s Like to Have Your Severe Depression Treated With a Hallucinogenic Drug


"From their smiles, you knew straight away that they were pretty sure they were winning—although the experts providing live public commentary on the match weren’t clear on the matter, and remained confused up to the end of the game just before Lee resigned."

Tanguy Chouard from Scientific American on:

AI Computer Wins First Match against Master Go Champion

AlphaGo, the artificial intelligence system created by Google DeepMind, takes first blood in a best-of-five series

+ Quartz in a video retroreport on:

Artificial Intelligence


'The report quoted a military law review article that said "the appetite to use them (spy drones) in the domestic environment to collect airborne imagery continues to grow, as does Congressional and media interest in their deployment."'

Gregg Zoroya from USA Today on:

Pentagon report justifies deployment of military spy drones over the U.S.


"Although hormones are a factor in some of these differences, they do not encompass the entire picture, which also involves the structure of the neck, blood flow in the brain, vulnerability to migraines, and social and educational factors of awareness that affect who gets diagnosed."

Bob Roehr from Scientific American on:

Concussions Affect Women More Adversely Than Men

Differences between how females and males experience concussions suggest the need for gender-specific prevention and treatment strategies


"The declining influence comes in large part thanks to the diminishing need for one's parents (or their friends) to play cupid, but also speaks to the blurring of once rigid class borders."

Roberto A. Ferdman from The Washington Post on:

There are only three ways to meet anyone anymore


"Packard had uncovered a much bigger problem, however – namely that powerful corporations were constantly looking for, and in many cases already applying, a wide variety of techniques for controlling people without their knowledge."

Robert Epstein from aeon on:

The new mind control

The internet has spawned subtle forms of influence that can flip elections and manipulate everything we say, think and do


"The horn on a unicorn caterpillar is actually a stack of its old, empty head casings. Effectively, it is wearing a pile of its old skulls."

Yao-Hua Law via BBC earth on:

Why this caterpillar wears a hat made of discarded heads


"We should also think and learn about what it is to be a good person, a good citizen. I’ve been particularly interested in the trio of excellence, engagement, and ethics that characterize the good worker and the good citizen."

Howard Gardner via Edge on:

Liberal Arts and Sciences in the 21st Century



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