Monthly Archives: January 2012

“The Man Who Never Died: The Life, Times, and Legacy of Joe Hill, American Labor Icon”

“The Man Who Never Died: The Life, Times, and Legacy of Joe Hill, American Labor Icon” William Adler About the Program William Adler recounts the life of labor activist Joe Hill (1879-1915).  A member of the labor union the Industrial Workers … Continue reading

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When It Comes To Depression, Serotonin Isn’t The Whole Story

When I was 17 years old, I got so depressed that what felt like an enormous black hole appeared in my chest. Everywhere I went, the black hole went, too. So to address the black-hole issue, my parents took me … Continue reading

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First Hints That Stem Cells Can Help Patients Get Better

Two women losing their sight to progressive forms of blindness may have regained some vision while participating in an experiment testing a treatment made from human embryonic stem cells, researchers reported today. The report marks the first time that scientists … Continue reading

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Your Brain On Psilocybin Might Be Less Depressed

Magic mushrooms are said to blow your mind, but the hallucinogenic chemical psilocybin, the active ingredient, actually reins in key parts of the brain, according to two new studies. The memorably vivid emotional experiences reported by mushroom users may flourish … Continue reading

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Why McDonald’s In France Doesn’t Feel Like Fast Food

Greetings from McDonald’s, or “MacDo,” as they call it here in Paris, where I am comfortably ensconced in a McCafé enjoying a croissant and a grand crème coffee. I’m surrounded by people of all ages who are talking with friends, … Continue reading

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Stanford Takes Online Schooling To The Next Academic Level

Last year, Stanford University computer science professor Sebastian Thrun — also known as the fellow who helped build Google’s self-driving car — got together with a small group of Stanford colleagues and they impulsively decided to open their classes to … Continue reading

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The darkest hour is just before the dawn

The darkest hour is just before the dawn Meaning There is hope, even in the worst of circumstances. Origin This is one of those improving proverbs that are the stock in trade of the contemporary glut of self-help manuals and … Continue reading

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