How cannabis was used to shrink one of the most aggressive brain cancers

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By Wai Liu, St George’s, University of London

Widely proscribed around the world for its recreational uses, cannabis is being used in a number of different therapeutic ways to bring relief for severe medical conditions. Products using cannabinoids, the active components of the cannabis plant, have been licensed for medical use. Sativex, for example, which contains an equal mixture of the cannabinoids tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), is already licenced as a mouth spray for multiple sclerosis and in the US, dronabinol and nabilone are commercially available for treating cancer-related side effects.

Now, in a study published in Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, we’ve also shown that cannabinoids could play a role in treating one of the most aggressive cancers in adults.

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Technology Killed The Government Czar – How The State Is Becoming Obsolete

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via Don’t Comply:

I believe we are heading into a technological age in which what we know as government will become obsolete. Even now, what we think of as great leaps forward by our government is simply the product of the minds of free market leaders. For example, when Americans decided to go to the moon, NASA was established. However, the people who actually made this happen were the best and the brightest of the private sector at that time. It was these people who, in just a little over 10 years, were able to put a man on the moon, and not the people in government. That generation of innovators and entrepreneurs has come and gone, and we are now left with a new generation of scientists who go straight from school to life-long government funded jobs. With no real world experience or competitive drive, NASA engineers have left us with a space program flying the same basic space shuttle design for over 30 years.

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GoPro Drones

GoPro already owns the wearable video camera market which powered a very successful initial public offering of its shares this year. But how does the newly public company grow? By making the consumer drone market its own, reports the Wall Street Journal:

GoPro Inc. is developing its own line of consumer drones to expand from its core business of making wearable video cameras popular with surfers and other sports enthusiasts, according to people familiar with its plans.

The company plans to start selling multirotor helicopters equipped with high-definition cameras late next year, aiming for a price tag between $500 and $1,000, according to these people.

The entry of a big consumer-electronics brand to the drone market signals how mainstream—and lucrative—the industry has become in just a few years. Consumers have flocked to unmanned aircraft in recent years as technology advances have made them smaller, cheaper and easier to fly, leaving regulators scrambling to keep up.

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The Transhumanist Wager: Can We and Should We Defeat Death?

"Pascal’s Wager advances a pragmatic argument for the existence of the Christian God."

“Pascal’s Wager advances a pragmatic argument for the existence of the Christian God.”

via h+ Magazine:

The Transhumanist Wager, brainchild of noted transhumanist Zoltan Istvan, can be understood as follows. If one loves and values their life, then they will want (the option) to live as long as possible. How do they achieve this?

Alternative #1 – do nothing and hope there is an afterlife. But since you don’t know there is an afterlife, doing nothing doesn’t help your odds.

Alternative #2 – use science and technology to gain immortality. By doing something you are increasing your odds of being immortal.

The choice is between bettering your odds or not, and good gamblers say the former is the better choice. At least that’s what the arguments supporters say.

There are two basic obstacles that prevent individuals from taking the wager seriously. First, most people don’t think immortality is technologically possible or, if they do, believe such technologies won’t be around for centuries or millenia.

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Anonymous Warns Ferguson Police and KKK in New Video: ‘We Are the Law Now’


Arturo Garcia writes at Raw Story:

A video reportedly released by the hacker collective Anonymous on Thursday warned both police in Ferguson, Missouri and the Ku Klux Klan against hurting local demonstrators, The Free Thought Project reported.

“To the KKK and police: be peaceful or you will feel the consequences,” the video stated. “To the protesters: do not be afraid. We are here for you and will protect and serve you. We are the law now.”

The video came in response to a message attributed to Frank Ancona, the leader of the Traditionalist American Knights of the KKK, threatening to “hunt down” Anonymous members.

“You’ll be strung up next to the chimps,” the KKK’s message stated. “On display for the whole world to see. The Klan is to be feared, not threatened. Turn away, or face the consequences.”

The exchange of threats is the latest round in the dispute between the two groups.

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Killer Mike’s Pre-Show Speech After Ferguson Verdict.

Much respect to Killer Mike for having the heart required to be a true emcee. Same goes for El-P. Much respect to Run the Jewels and real fucking hip hop artists the world over.

Via MaruiceGarland.com

Fate would have it that Run The Jewels had a show in St. Louis the same night that the non-indictment of Murderer Darren Wilson went down in neighboring Ferguson, Missouri. Run The Jewels usually open the show by jumping right into their blood-curdling theme song. But on this night Mike took an opportunity to address the crowd first.

Her Infinite Power Helping Oppressed People is the true meaning and purpose of H.I.P.H.O.P

Undivided,unconquerable.

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The Exponential Benefits of Eating Less

Or, “Eat Less You Pig.” James McWilliams explains why eating less food—whole food and junk food, meat and plants, organic and conventional, GMO and non-GMO—would do a lot more than just better our personal health, at Pacific Standard:

There’s one T-shirt in my drawer that I don’t wear, mainly because I think it’s sort of offensive. It reads: Eat Less You Pig.

A nutritionist gave it to me. She had the shirts made because she was tired of the endless hand wringing over what it meant to eat ethically, eat environmentally, eat to optimize personal health, and so on. Rather than debating the fine points of the carbon sequestration of grass-fed systems or the amount of glyphosate sprayed on GMOs or the yield potential of organic agriculture versus conventional or whether animals suffer on “humane” farms, she simply wanted a few choice words that would cut through the fog and free us from the burden of culinary complexity.

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Portuguese Man Buys Tiny Island, Successfully Establishes His Own Kingdom

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via Oddity Central:

While this American searched the entire African continent for a piece of land to call his Kingdom, Renato Barros managed to establish his own country much closer to home. The 56-year-old Portuguese citizen purchased a small island on Funchal harbor, in Madeira, Portugal. He named it the Principality of the Pontinha, and anointed himself Prince Renato II.

Pontinha is actually just the size of a one-bedroom house, and has only four citizens – Barros, his wife, and his son and daughter. In addition to his Portuguese passport, Barros holds a passport for Pontinha with the number 0001. An art teacher by profession, he’s also taken on the roles of policeman, gardener, caretaker, and member of the royal family of his very own country.

“I am whatever I want to be – that’s the dream, isn’t it,” he said. “If I decide I want to have a national song, I can choose it, and I can change it any time.

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