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Sanjay Gupta’s Pot Pilgrimage

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In the follow-up film to his CNN doc ‘Weed,’ Gupta continues the hunt for proven scientific benefits of medicinal marijuana.

Last summer, CNN made media waves by running Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s one-hour documentary WEED, where he followed a child named Charlotte and her family on their quest to quell her seizures. Their journey brought them, and Dr. Gupta, to medical marijuana.It’s a journey Gupta continues to pursue, with his new documentary, WEED 2: Cannabis Madness.When the first WEED aired, Dr. Gupta apologized, sincerely repentant for having poo-pooed the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

Mystery Man

The Banksy of Bitcoin

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Newsweek claims to have identified the creator of Bitcoin, the online currency, but the man they identified refuses to confess. Meanwhile, more questions pile up.

He is the most wanted man in the world. But even after his alleged identification, there are still more questions than answers about the enigmatic creator of Bitcoin.On March 6, Newsweek claimed to have located the digital currency’s legendary inventor, Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto. But the 64-year-old Japanese-American has continued to deny his involvement, saying he was simply misunderstood by the reporter and that he does not even have a working Internet connection in his home in a Los Angeles suburb.

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Pinterest’s Most Wanted

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The virtual bulletin board is now being pinged by the cops to give up users’ data. But unlike other tech firms, Pinterest is actually telling its users when law enforcement comes calling.

Pinterest shared something naughty this week—but chances are you won’t be repinning.In a message posted on their own blog, the virtual bulletin board disclosed its first ever “transparency report,” which details the 12 government requests for 13 different users’ data that the site has received in the past six months.Unlike other sites, which are asked for hundreds of thousands of user data, Pinterest’s policy is to inform every user for whom the government has requested data.

BOOK IT

The App That Speaks to Your Eyes

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A soon-to-be released app uses text streaming to make reading quick and painless. Watch out Netflix, a new time suck is on its way.

What if you could read a thousand-page book in a matter of hours?Gravity’s Rainbow on the train to work. Infinite Jest during an afternoon on the hammock. Crime and Punishment over a lunch break or two. With the technologically facilitated speed-reading offered by a new app, called Spritz, soon to be released for the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Gear 2 Watch, it just might be possible.The app works by maximizing the efficiency of the movements of the human eye, called saccades, that are required to read text in a traditional format.

HOURGLASS

The Death of Barbie

As the plastic princess rings in her 55th, kids everywhere will be finding toys with more interesting stories to tell. Bad news Barbie, your days are numbered.

Barbie turns 55 today, and she doesn’t look so good.Despite a flurry of PR in the constant quest to keep America’s original teenage fashion model doll relevant—including a controversial Sports Illustrated spread and a partnership with the Girl Scouts—Barbies aren’t flying off the shelves like they used to. Girls are ditching the teen dream, yes for iPads, but also for low-tech activity toys and for dolls with more interesting stories to tell.

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Men Shouldn’t Wait To Have Kids

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Much ink has been spilled on women’s ticking biological clocks, but take it from one dad whose aching knees and broken back are making him feel far older than his 30 years—parenting takes a physical toll on guys, too.

Everyone wants to tell you when to have babies. Economists warn that having kids early in your career can be a disastrous professional and financial move. Scientists counter that moms—and dads—who stretch their biological clocks are running serious risks for their children’s health. Demographers see our low birth rates and aging population and warn that your small, delayed families are bankrupting the country. Professional scold Susan Patton wants ladies to stop, ahem, screwing around and get married, lest your biological clock scare away potential mates in your 30s.

FALSE TRUTHS

‘HIV-Cured Baby’ Distorts Hope

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Doctors at an AIDS conference this week made headlines with another infant “cured” of HIV. But the toxic mix of PR and science left out something crucial: she’s still on treatment.

Another year, another national meeting on AIDS with reports of a baby (maybe) cured of the disease. Last year, we had the Mississippi Baby (now re-branded as the “Mississippi Child”) who seemed to be free of fully-formed virus (called “replication-competent” virus) many months after stopping potent anti-viral medications.Subsequent publication of that case in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine laid out a compelling argument that (maybe) the child, one of the 250,000 children infected with HIV that year, had indeed cleared infection from the bloodstream.

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Hook Up Apps Have Gone Too Far

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From a threesome organizer to a tongue-on-phone oral sex guide, the era of dialing up your crush is officially over. Welcome to the sex-tech revolution that's ruining dating.

It’s hard to establish the exact tipping point at which hook-up apps made their transition from cheeky and cheerful to straight up disgusting, but that time has come, and it’s pretty unpleasant. Gone are the days of randy singles excitedly replacing their drunk dials with a hasty swipe ‘n’ meet, and in their place, a range of increasingly ridiculous sex sites encouraging phone licking, threesome engineering and auto-messaging girls sweet nothings (because writing the text yourself would be too hard).

DOD Wants to Merge You And a Robot

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From artificial mammal brains to prosthetics that feel like real limbs, the military’s blue-sky researchers are aiming to bring man and machine closer than ever before.

You've probably never looked at a mammal’s brain and thought “Gee, I wish I could yank that out of its skull and shrink it onto a chip.” Nor have you likely gazed upon a colony of ants and remarked “wouldn’t it be great if we could get spy drones to work together like that?”That’s because you don’t work for the Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency, the Pentagon’s way, way out science and technology arm. Their annual budget request, which they made public on Thursday, reads like something out of lost a Philip K.

Does Intermittent Fasting Really Work?

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By Diana Kelly for Life by DailyBurn There’s a new trend in dieting these days—not eating. Yup, “fasting” became a popular trend in the U.K. with The Fast Diet by Dr. Michael Mosley and has trickled over to the states in several variations, including The 8-Hour Diet by David Zinczenko, consulting editorial director at American Media, Inc. And while fasting itself is certainly not a novel concept (people have been doing it for religious reasons for hundreds of years), “intermittent fasting” as a weight loss method seems to be the new trend.

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E-Cigs Are Gateway for Teens

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Youth are six times more likely to smoke real cigarettes.

That little black stick might lead to the real thing, a new report suggests. Youth who use e-cigarettes are six times more likely to smoke traditional cigarettes than those who've never tried the devices. “E-cigarettes are likely to be gateway devices for nicotine addiction among youth, opening up a whole new market for tobacco,” the report's lead author writes. The study, published in the JAMA Pediatrics journal, comes as e-cigarettes face bans across the country, and also as the market for the devices grows to a potential $5 billion this year.

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GREEN MACHINE

The UN's Half-Baked Protest

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A day after marijuana legalization efforts received international criticism, a 32-year-old received the first license to grow weed in Olympia, Washington. Is the Evergreen state—and those that may follow—ready for the green light?

Sean Green, a 32-year-old from Spokane had just three words to say after accepting Washington state’s first legal marijuana license Wednesday: “Let’s get growing.”A far cry from the stereotype of a stoner, the clean-cut father of two has both the face and name to succeed as the poster boy for Washington state’s legalization. After all, they’re going to need one.In a scathing report from the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB)—the monitoring body for the UN’s international drug control treaties—President Raymond Yans condemned the progression of marijuana laws in both the U.

LOVE BYTES

Lulu is Ruining Dating

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Lulu, the mobile dating app for women, has changed its system to allow men to opt-in. Here’s why guys shouldn’t bow to the pressure to perform online.

A frantic text from a male friend read, “Are you familiar with Lulu… Can you try checking Lulu on me? If something is on there, can you snapshot and send it to me?”Since its launch in February 2013, Lulu, the mobile dating app for women to anonymously review guys and their romantic capacities (or shortcomings), has sent a panicked chill through many a man.By logging in through Facebook, women suddenly had access to profiles of their ex-boyfriends, best friends, and one-night stands.

MOSQUITO BITES

This Virus Will Twist Your Limbs

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Thousands in the Caribbean have been infected with an incurable mosquito-borne illness that renders patients feverish and immobile—interminably. Why Americans could be next.

For those unable to extract sufficient anxiety from world events such as the Crimea or Syria crises, the US economy, or Rand Paul,  ‎here's a good one: an actual scary-as-shit new incurable infectious disease is heading your way soon: United States, meet chikungunya.  Chikungunya, which causes fever and severe aches, has been a big deal in public health circles for a decade or so since an explosive outbreak of the viral infection occurred on the Reunion Islands in the southwestern part of the Indian Ocean.

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Life-Saving Depression

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No one likes to be down but a new book, The Depths, argues that depression has real and helpful evolutionary benefits for humans and animals. But have the harms grown worse in modern society?

“The flesh is sad, and I've read all the books.” The famous opening of Mallarmé’s poem “Sea Breeze” is a sigh of resignation. Not even the knowledge gleaned from all the books in the world can loosen the grasp of human sadness.Of course reading all the books is impossible; merely reading the books on ways to find happiness would be a daunting prospect. Yet despite the countless titles promising infallible strategies for attaining happiness, depression is reaching epidemic proportions.

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Lincoln Center, NYC | APRIL 3-5, 2014

The Women in the World 2014 Agenda

The Women in the World 2014 Agenda

The fifth annual summit hits New York's Lincoln Center stage April 3-5, 2014. Hear stirring true stories that stretch from war zones to Washington, and learn how you too can get involved. Watch LIVE on The Daily Beast starting today at 6:30PM EST!