As Attorney General Jeff Sessions continues to lament what he views as a blight on society, a new study is showing that states with medical marijuana programs are seeing drastic reductions in opioid-related hospitalizations and overdoses.

The study, published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence, was authored by Yuyan Shi, a public health professor at the University of California in San Diego. According to Reuters, Shi’s study is the fifth in recent years to demonstrate declines in opioid dependence in states where medical weed is legal. theantimedia.org
The first season of FX’s Legion — Noah Hawley’s trippy, visually arresting psychodrama about a powerful telepathic mutant who may or may not be mentally ill — has been a surprise every step of the way. For one thing, I did not expect a show in the X-Men Universe to have so many groovy song-and-dance numbers. 

But in a season full of unexpected delights, by far the best has been Parks and Recreation alum Aubrey Plaza, who spent the past seven episodes stealthily engineering one of the best villainous performances in recent memory. nymag.com
Creator of popular card game “Cards Against Humanity” Max Temkin vowed that if Congress voted to attack net neutrality, that he would purchase Congress’ browser history and publish it.

The vote ultimately decided that Internet Service Providers will be permitted to sell off their customers’ private data to advertisers.

Or, perhaps, to companies whose founders want to humiliate those responsible for this massively unpopular decision.

Rather than donating to crowdfunding efforts hoping to inflict similar humiliations, Temkin has encouraged citizens to save their money. He plans to purchase and release the data himself. resistancereport.com
For every gram of visible matter in the universe that emits and absorbs light—matter that makes up all the stars and galaxies in the cosmos—there is more than 5 grams of matter out there that is completely invisible or “dark”, stuff that does not interact with any form of electromagnetic radiation at all but interacts only via gravity. That is, unlike electrons and other fundamental particles of nature that interact both through gravity and electric charge, dark matter does not seem to have any other interaction except gravitation.

One needed to necessarily hypothesise such mysterious, all-pervasive matter to explain observations made on the motion of stars within galaxies, and that of galaxies within galactic clusters, during the 20th century. The gravitational pull of visible matter alone was not enough to explain, for instance, the rotational velocities around the galactic centre of stars in the distant arms of a spiral galaxy. Scientists reasoned that there must be a large amount of some other kind of matter that cannot be seen but which nevertheless exerts its gravitational pull on celestial bodies. frontline.in
Donald Trump will speed up global warming and will potentially destroy more American jobs than he creates, a climate change expert has warned. The billionaire tycoon signed an executive order as part of the administration’s plan to roll back Barack Obama’s climate change measures.

Dr Crowther, back in December, said average temperatures are forecast to increase by 1C by 2050 and that global warming is beyond the “point of no return”.

His report, which was celebrated by academics across the globe, said climate change scientists had not previously taken account of harmful carbon gasses emitted from the soil: known as ‘positive feedback’.

“Certainly Trump’s policy will bump that number up and will accelerate climate change and that’s devastating,” said Dr Crowther. independent.co.uk