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Holy smoke! The church of cannabis

As congregations dwindle, a new religion is lighting up Denver, Colorado. Aaron Millar joins the elevationists of the International Church of Cannabis who worship the weed It started, naturally, with a group of friends smoking a joint. Steve Berke, a graduate of Yale University, was temporarily living in an old church in Denver, Colorado. His estate agent parents had bought the 113-year-old building with the plan to turn it into flats. He and Lee Molloy, as well as a few friends, had just moved from Miami to capitalise on Colorados…

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Amazon is refunding purchases of unverifiable eclipse eyewear

Amazon is issuing refunds for those whove purchased possibly fake solar eclipse glasses on the site in anticipation of this summers big solar eclipse event. A lot of folks have been gearing up for the event that will depending on where you are either totally block out the sun or partially block it as the eclipse moves across the North American hemisphere on August 21st. Many of these same people have turned to the ease of Amazon for ordering the protective eyewear needed to look directly up at the sky…

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The problem with sex and glitter

From phone cases to vaginal pills, we know glitter can be harmful so why do we love it so much? Last month a doctor was compelled to tell women not to put glitter pills inside their vaginas and once again I was reminded of Stephen Hawkings prediction that humans are heading for extinction. 2017: the year Earth learned why were not allowed nice things. Dr Jen Gunter explaining exactly how and why glitter has no place in the vagina. If her name sounds familiar, its perhaps because she is the…

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Can protein startups and their investors take on Big Cow?

Joanna Glasner is a reporter for Crunchbase. More posts by this contributor: Not a minimalist? Startups will gladly store, manage and deliver your items The state of the unicorn For many of us, our first experience with fake meat involves rubbery tofu that tastes more like sneaker sole than seared filet. As we forage on, next come the veggie burgers, the soy dogs, the meatless meatballs, the caramel-brown vacuum-sealed lumps called field roasts. Eventually, we grow accustomed to these chewy, protein-dense, vaguely meat-like foodstuffs. And yet, the dream lives on: What if…

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Tanzania’s ghost safari: how western aid contributed to the decline of a wildlife haven

International projects helped turn a rich and fertile Tanzanian valley into vast tracts of farmland, teak forests and sugar plantations The long road from Dar es Salaam brings you through sparsely wooded hills and fields to the narrow northern neck of the Kilombero valley. Theres a bend in the road, then the land opens out, suddenly, in front of you. Along the west side lie the steep-faced Udzungwa mountains, one of the last pristine rainforests in Tanzania. The Kilombero river runs through the red soils of the valley, flooding in…

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Crunch Report | Benchmark Sues Travis Kalanick

Benchmark sues former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Facebook buys computer vision startup focused on adding objects to video Credits Written by: Tito Hamze, John MannesHosted by: Tito HamzeFilmed by:Tito hamzeEdited by: Tito Hamze Notes: I dont know what to wear on Crunch Report (Its a hard decision and I suck at dressing myself). If you are a startup andwant to me to wear something mail me an XL T-shirt and Ill wear it in an episode. Im not going to mention the company on the shirt in the episode but…

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why do men suffer depression in silence?

When Kevin Braddock hit rockbottom, he had every intention of killing himself. He recounts what happened next and reveals why so few men ask for help It was a Monday when TV Tower: the gun, the noose, the blade, the pills, the bottle. The gun, the noose the mantra that would not stop. Since the only thing to hand was the nearby sptkauf (off-licence), Id resolved to drink my way to unreality. Id told the doctor my history of depression, anxiety, panic attacks, drink, drugs, meds, love and fear, my…

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Are smartphones really making our children sad?

US psychologist Jean Twenge, who has claimed that social media is having a malign affect on the young, answers critics who accuse her of crying wolf Last week, the childrens commissioner, Anne Longfield, responded to the campaign. The assumption that time online or in front of a screen is life wasted needs challenging. It is driven by fear, he said. The best thing we can do is to focus less on the time they spend on screens at home and more on the nature of the activity. This exchange is…

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OpenAI bot remains undefeated against worlds greatest Dota 2 players

Last night, OpenAIs Dota 2 bot beat the worlds most celebrated professional players in one-on-one battles, showing just how advanced these machine learning systems are getting. The bot beat Danil Dendi Ishutin rather easily at The International, one of the biggest eSports events in the world, and remains undefeated against the worlds top Dota 2 players.

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Crimes of the Father by Thomas Keneally review something rotten in Catholicism

The Booker prize winners powers remain undimmed, as he shines a light on institutionalised abuse, and denial, in the Catholic church, It is over half a century since a young the church turns a blind eye. Psychologist and monk Father Frank Docherty is, his younger brother says (and no doubt speaking for the author), the real bloody deal as far as priests go. Exiled by his home cardinal in Sydney as a young priest in the 1970s, on account of his radicalism, opposition to apartheid and the Vietnam war, he…

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Uber investor Shervin Pishevar petitions Benchmark to step down from board and sell some of its stock

Shortly after a group of Uber shareholders asked Benchmark to relinquish its spot on Ubers board of directors, Sherpa Capitals Shervin Pishevar is petitioning Benchmark via Change.org to remove itself from Ubers board. The petition also asks Benchmark to sell at least 75 percent of its stock so that the firm no longer has rights to appoint members to Ubers board of directors. We have investors ready to acquire these shares as soonas we receive communication from Benchmark that they are willing to withdraw their lawsuitand sell a minimum of…

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Modern family: Greece with grown-up kids

A decade after a first family holiday in Greece, Martin Love heads to Paxos and finds it wonderfully unchanged The five of us stretched out on yoga mats with our toes pointing towards the sea. Above us the breeze stirred the leaves of the ancient olive trees. Emai ed, intoned Sophie. In Greek that means, I am here. She continued in her gentle voice. I am here in Paxos. I have arrived. I have moored on this rock surrounded by sea Sophie was training to be a mindfulness teacher. When…

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