Young cannabis smokers run risk of lower IQ, report claims BBC News: Health

Young people who smoke cannabis for years run the risk of a significant and irreversible reduction in their IQ, research suggests. The findings come from a study of around 1,000 people in New Zealand. An international team found those who started using cannabis below the age of 18 - while their brains were still developing - suffered a drop in IQ. - BBC

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Andrea Kuszewski
Say No to Pot, and Say Yes to Cognitive Enhancement by Andrea Kuszewski

There are a lot of studies lately going back and forth on whether or not smoking pot is harmful to your brain. Does it lower your IQ? Is that change is permanent, or does it only last for the duration that you are smoking it? Here’s the scoop…

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Are robots hurting job growth? 60 Minutes

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Technological advances, especially robotics, are revolutionizing the workplace, but not necessarily creating jobs. Steve Kroft reports.

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Brian Merchant
Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon Are Worth $1 Trillion, but Only Create 150,000 Jobs. by Brian Merchant

It’s Time to Reassess the Future of Work. Look. Robots are displacing human workers around the globe, and even the world’s biggest tech companies aren’t creating enough other jobs to even the scales.

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Pinker, Foucault and Progress by Rick Searle

Pinker’s book is copiously researched and argued, but it leaves one with a host of questions. It is not merely that tragic incidents of violence that we see all around us seem to fly in the face of his argument, it is that his viewpoint, at least for me, always seems to be missing something, to have skipped over some important element that would challenge its premise or undermine its argument, a criticism that Pinker has by some sleight of hand skillfully managed to keep hidden from us.

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Samuel Kenyon
Is Humanism False? by Samuel Kenyon

Perhaps what transhumanism should be is less of a cult of cults pretending that various science fictions are true and more of a science patch to humanism. Humanism already included science and learning in general.  So the patch is not to add science, but to fix its use and expectations in culture. To advance by tuning the dangerous oscillations out of the civilization-science feedback system.

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Dick Pelletier
Correcting faulty DNA: stronger bodies, smarter minds, longer lives by Dick Pelletier

What if you could improve your memory, become smarter and stronger, and live in an ageless disease-free body – just by taking a pill?

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Richard Eskow
Aaron Swartz Was Gifted and Brave. Too Bad He Wasn’t ‘Too Big to Fail’ by Richard Eskow

By all accounts Aaron Swartz was brilliant, gifted, idealistic ... and fragile.  Too bad he wasn’t “too big to fail.” I never met Aaron, but I know a lot of people who knew him well. (We did “converse” as members of the same online discussion group.) I learned about Aaron’s suicide at the age of 26 the same way millions of other people did: on the Internet whose freedom he served with such dedication and brilliance.

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CES 2013: The tablet that turns itself lumpy BBC Technology

When you can’t feel individual keys on a touchscreen device it can be hard to type at speed.

That is why Tactus, a company based in California, has developed technology which can turn a typical flat tablet screen into a real keyboard with bumpy buttons.

The keyboard rises from the tablet when needed, before disappearing when the typing is done.

Micah Yairi from Tactus explained how it works.

Video journalist: Dave Lee” - BBC

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Futuristic highways in the Netherlands glow in the dark NMA News Direct

“A futuristic highway that can save energy and improve road safety is set to be installed in the Netherlands by mid-2013. Two companies, Studio Roosegaarde and Heijmans Infrastructure, came up with the highway, which includes: glow-in-the-dark road markings painted with photo-luminescent paint which are charged during the day and light up during the night; temperature-responsive paint which indicates slippery roads when temperatures fall below zero; and interactive lights along the highway that light up as cars approach. Wind lights th...