breakingbad Breaking bad sniffles: Crystal meth made cold medicine rubbish

Cold medicine doing little to relieve your bunged up nose? That could be because a crack-down on chemicals that can be used to make crystal meth has meant some high-street cold medicines may be no better than placebo for relieving congestion…

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OxitocinaCPK3D Everything you’ve heard about sniffing oxytocin might be wrong

 

The “cuddle chemical”. The “moral molecule”. Oxytocin has quite a reputation – but much of what we thought about the so-called “love hormone” may be wrong….

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sativa vs indica Sativa Vs. Indica: Fact or Fiction?

According to cannabis folklore, there are two separate strains of cannabis with wildly different effects. Dispensaries and stoners alike will tell you that “sativas” give a heady, cerebral, stimulating rush, while “indicas” have more sedative properties, leaving users with more of a “body high” that sometimes puts them in a state of “couch-lock….

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kernel The harsh truth about speed readingFor a long time, people have claimed to be able to read very quickly without any loss of comprehension—and many have claimed to teach this amazing skill. President Kennedy was one famous speed-reader, who could supposedly finish reading the New York Times in minutes; according to Time, he could read about 1,200 words a minute, or about three times the rate of a top college-level reader (he arrived at that number himself).

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teaching teachers Who Teaches The Teachers?Most teaching textbooks aren’t evidence-based according to a new report, so where should teachers go to keep their skills up to date?
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