17 Jun 13 | Anna Mikulak, Association for Psychological Science Until now, little was scientifically known about the human potential to cultivate compassion – the emotional state of caring for people who are suffering in a way that motivates altruistic behavior.
13 Jun 13 | Marc Hall, Guardian The European parliament is debating a draft biopiracy law requiring industry to compensate indigenous people if it makes commercial use of local knowledge such as plant-based medicines.
7 Jun 13 | Andrew Porterfield, Science A recent study showed that competitive interactions between plants can be mediated by some alternative signaling channel, extending beyond those studied so far, like chemicals, contact and light.
7 Jun 13 | Interview: Michael C. Tobias, Forbes It’s time to factor compassion for individuals into conservation projects. A conversation with ecologist and evolutionary biologist Marc Bekoff, editor of Ignoring Nature No More.
28 May 13 | Dieter Hagenbach, Lucius Werthmüller, Scientific American When Albert Hofmann began exploring the chemical properties of the ergot spore, he stumbled upon a potent psychedelic. An excerpt from Mystic Chemist.
28 May 13 | Edge A conversation with physicist and author Lee Smolin, whom Richard Feynman once told: “Whatever you do – you’re going to have to do crazy things to think about quantum gravity – but whatever you do, think about nature.”
23 May 13 | Interview: Damon Orion, Reality Sandwich The documentary Aya: Awakenings is about journalist Rak Razam’s experiences with ayahuasca and DMT and how the use of these substances in appropriate traditional contexts can help us to heal ourselves and our connection to the planet.
17 May 13 | Ashik Siddique, Medical Daily It seems that young Americans today are as apt to use substances like LSD and psilocybin during their lifetimes as their baby boomer parents were in their heyday.
17 May 13 | Interview: Trevor Smith, Waking Times Tony Wright’s research is outlining a radical re-interpretation of the current data regarding human evolution and, our recent degenerated state we call “civilization.”
17 May 13 | Michael Balter, Science Until fairly recently, many scientists thought that only humans had culture, but that idea is now being crushed by an avalanche of recent research with monkeys and whales.