MDMA dampens the encoding and retrieval of emotional memories, study finds

MDMA appears to have a stronger effect on emotional memories than non-emotional memories, according to new research. The finding may explain why the drug has beneficial effects for people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and similar psychiatric conditions.

MDMA, more commonly known as the illegal club drug ecstasy or molly, promotes strong feelings of empathy in users. Preliminary research has found that MDMA-assisted psychotherapy reduces symptoms in people with treatment-resistant PTSD.
READ MORE: http://www.psypost.org/2018/03/mdma-dampens-encoding-retrieval-emotional...

Sturdy Insulator Made of Wood

Scientists create nanowood, a new material that is as insulating as Styrofoam but lighter and 30 times stronger, doesn’t cause allergies and is much more environmentally friendly, by removing lignin from wood, which turns it completely white. The research is published in Science Advances.
READ MORE: http://aero.umd.edu/news/news_story.php?id=11148

Putin suggests ‘Jews with Russian citizenship’ behind US election interference

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with the NBC network over the weekend that Russians who sought to influence the results of the 2016 presidential elections could have been “Jews, but with Russian citizenship.”

In the interview, a full transcript of which was released by the Kremlin on Saturday, the Russia president said “I do not care at all, because they do not represent the government.
READ MORE: https://www.timesofisrael.com/putin-couldnt-care-less-about-us-election-...

Fewer heart attack patients die when top cardiologists are away at conferences, study finds

Heart attack patients are more likely to survive when top cardiologists are not in the hospital, a new study suggests.

Researchers at Harvard Medical School found that when heart specialists are away at academic conferences, the survival rate at their hospitals actually improves.
READ MORE: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/03/09/fewer-heart-attack-patien...

‘Major Escalation’: Israel Just Launched a ‘Large Scale Attack’ on Syria

Open war has now essentially broken out between Israel and Syria. Israel confirms through its IDF spokesperson that it has carried out “a large scale attack” consisting of at least a dozen strikes on Syrian and Iranian military targets inside Syria, in what Reuters dubbed a “major escalation of tension“.
READ MORE: http://theantimedia.org/israel-launches-large-scale-attack-syria/


In a Major Free Speech Victory, a Federal Court Strikes Down a Law that Punishes Supporters of Israel Boycott

A nice blow to the racist apartheid State Israel and a win for everyone else.

A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that a Kansas law designed to punish people who boycott Israel is an unconstitutional denial of free speech. The ruling is a significant victory for free speech rights because the global campaign to criminalize, or otherwise legally outlaw, the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement has been spreading rapidly in numerous political and academic centers in the U.S. This judicial decision definitively declares those efforts — when they manifest in the U.S. — to be a direct infringement of basic First Amendment rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
READ MORE: https://theintercept.com/2018/01/31/kansas-bds-law-free-speech/

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