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MDMA Makes You More Cooperative And Trusting But Not Gullible, Study Shows

MDMA makes people more cooperative and trusting – but not idiotically so. At least, that’s the conclusion of a study examining the effects the drug has on interpersonal behavior recently published in The Journal of Neuroscience. MDMA – technically known as 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine and informally as Molly – is the main ingredient in Ecstasy. Best known as a party drug, it releases dopamine, noradrenaline, and serotonin, the latter causing temporary feelings of euphoria and heightened sociability. Even, as it turns out, in cephalopods.  But it’s not really understood how or why it has such…

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BIOS raises $4.5M to further develop its neural interface and new ways to treat chronic medical conditions

BIOS, a neural engineering startup originally based out of Cambridge, U.K. and now with an additional newly opened R&D office in Montreal, Canada, has raised $4.5 million in seed funding. The company is developing a “neural interface” that combines advances in hardware, big data and machine learning/AI, which it’s hoped can be used to develop new cutting-edge treatments on organs and nerve systems throughout the body. The round is led by Real Ventures, AME Cloud Ventures and Ariel Poler (founder of the Human Augmentation syndicate on AngelList). Other funds and…

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Xmas chocs: Up to half of weight is packaging

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Lindt’s Lindor Mix had the least packaging of the products in the Which? survey The manufacturers of the Ferrero Rocher collection tray said the “local infrastructure” in the UK didn’t make it possible to recycle a lot of their packaging. They said it “is a delicately created product and the packaging is of fundamental importance to protect our chocolates from damage during transport, in the shops and at home.” Another concern highlighted by the report was that many shoppers were unsure what the recycling…

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‘Buddy the Elf’ is challenging Bostonians to street pillow fights, and it’s sheer delight.

Pillow fights on the streets of America? It’s 2018, so why not. Imagine walking down the street and having a man dressed as an elf toss you a pillow, while holding his own pillow in a fighting stance. What do you do? You pillow fight, of course! Thanks to fun-loving firefighter Brendan Edwards, the people of Boston are being challenged to pillow fights in the streets. Edwards, dressed as Will Ferrell’s lovable character Buddy from the movie “Elf,” tosses a pillow to passersby in the hopes that they’ll engage in…

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The Shirk Report Volume 500

Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find 20 funny images, 10 interesting articles and 5 entertaining videos from the last 7 days of sifting. Most images found on Reddit; articles from Facebook, Twitter, and email; videos come from everywhere. Any suggestions? Send a note to submit@twistedsifter.com 20 IMAGES – Friday! – but you realize there’s still a few more hours until 5pm – Hmmmm – When you want to be mad but you know his intentions were pure – This hit me hard – The Internet is a…

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CNN Poll: Approval ratings for Trump, Mueller fall

WASHINGTON (CNN)As Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election inches closer to the President, approval of Donald Trump’s handling of the investigation has fallen, matching its all-time low in CNN polling. The findings, from a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS, come as half of Americans say they think it is likely that the Mueller investigation will implicate the president in wrongdoing. But Mueller’s approval rating is also down in the poll: 43% approve and 40% disapprove. That compares to a 48% approve to 36% disapprove split…

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Why Is Ariana Grande Celebrated For Doing What Taylor Swift Is Mocked For? Betches

Like most sentient Americans, I’ve spent the past few weeks in a world where Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” is the only soundtrack. It’s passed well beyond the point of “great song!” and into the realm of “if I don’t get my daily fix, I will probably die.” I am certain I’m not alone in this, given that “thank u, next” has shattered multiple records in the streaming world. More importantly Ariana Grande Is Cool & Confident Let’s be honest—a huge part of the appeal of “thank u, next” is…

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Daddy’s Girl! Stormi Webster Giggles Watching Travis Scott Perform At Madison Square Garden – Perez Hilton

Daddy’s #1 fan!! Stormi Webster bounced and giggled along backstage while her daddy Travis Scott performed his Astroworld tour Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. In a white long sleeve turtleneck and green overalls, she happily babbles and laughs watching the rapper backstage as Scott later shared on his Instagram: View this post on Instagram

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Three Girls Notice This Mans Suspicious Behavior In A Restaurant And Save This Woman From Rape Attempt

While attempted rape by a friend sounds like the most shocking part of the story, according to RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, 7 out of 10 rapes are committed by someone the victim knows.

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