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The Persistent Myth of Holiday Suicide

The Persistent Myth of Holiday Suicide

More urban myth than actual reality, the holiday season does not have the highest incidence for suicide. Though suicide is the most preventable kind of death with an average of 3,000 people dying by suicide each day – November and December actually have the lowest rates of suicide.

December 16, 2013 — Deborah Serani
Did You Have A Good Pee, Mr. Rhino?

Did You Have A Good Pee, Mr. Rhino?

Thanks to a recent study on the urine flow of differently sized mammals (yes, small mammals “drip” and large mammals “jet”— more here), I came across a gem of a YouTube video where three out-of-frame tourists on safari observe and narrate the public urination of a rhino.

November 26, 2013 — Julie Hecht
The Potential of LSD, Heroin, Marijuana and Other Controlled Substances in Brain Research

The Potential of LSD, Heroin, Marijuana and Other Controlled Substances in Brain Research

Imagine being an astronomer in a world where the telescope was banned. This effectively happened in the 1600s when, for over 100 years, the Catholic Church prohibited access to knowledge of the heavens in a vain attempt to stop scientists proving that the earth was not the center of the universe.  ‘Surely similar censorship could [...]

November 27, 2013 — David Nutt

Creativity, Madness and Drugs

San Diego—Would we have Poe’s Raven today if the tormented author had taken lithium to suppress his bipolar illness? Not likely, considering the high frequency of psychiatric illnesses among writers and artists, concluded psychiatrist Kay Jamison of Johns Hopkins Medical School speaking last week at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.

November 22, 2013 — R. Douglas Fields