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Drugs
  • Question
  • December 28 2015, 4:52 PM

Would ending the "War on Drugs" reduce gun violence?

Would ending the "War on Drugs" reduce gun violence?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of experts who know what they are talking about. Today we ask the experts about the link between the illicit substance economy and gun-related violence.

  • Question
  • December 2 2015, 3:07 PM

What's the "best" form of capital punishment?

What's the "best" form of capital punishment?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know what they are talking about. Today we wondered, if the state insists on killing people, what's the "best" way to do it?

 

Number of the day December 01, 2015 1:55 PM

 

26

 

number of new AIDS infections every hour worldwide

  

 

 

 

Quote of the day November 23, 2015 4:35 PM

It’s all a charade. The world has not understood the way of peace... There will be lights, there will be parties, bright trees, even Nativity scenes - all decked out - while the world continues to wage war.

Pope Francis says Christmas is "a charade". Image 1.

Pope Francis

on Christmas, during mass at the Basilica di Santa Maria last week

  • Question
  • November 19 2015, 12:21 PM

Why do some hallucinogens cause universal hallucinations?

Why do some hallucinogens cause universal hallucinations?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know what they’re talking about. Today we ask the experts about common visions while tripping on psychoactive substances.

  • City Index
  • November 18 2015, 4:59 PM

How common is alcohol abuse in cities around the world?

How common is alcohol abuse in cities around the world?

From Dublin to Dubai, Hopes&Fears looked at self-reported statistics and factors that affect alcohol abuse around the world.

From tech bros to armed robbery,
what it's like to deliver weed by bike in NYC. Image 1.

What Do You Do November 16, 2015 11:54 AM

From tech bros to armed robbery,
what it’s like to deliver weed by bike in NYC

 

In the latest installment of our anonymous interview series, we spoke with three bike messengers who brave cops, robbers and inclement weather to deliver your weed.

 

  • Question
  • November 10 2015, 5:19 PM

Can you get high on art?

Can you get high on art?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of experts. We asked a neuroscientist, an art critic and a neuroesthetics specialist if we can experience a high—or something similar—from viewing art.

  • Wellness
  • November 6 2015, 10:22 AM

From suicidal shrimp to spiked tap water: where unused medications end up

From suicidal shrimp to spiked tap water: where unused medications end up

It used to be common practice to flush old medications down the toilet, but reports of feminized fish and drugged runoff have raised concerns. Alternative drug disposal methods are not much better.

From price gouging to public sex, what it's like to be a bartender in NYC
  • What Do You Do
  • October 26 2015, 4:12 PM

From price gouging to public sex, what it's like to be a bartender in NYC

In the latest installment of our anonymous interview series, we spoke with two bartenders who have mixed and served drinks in a range of establishments across New York City.

Witches, bread and LSD: how a poisonous mold may have caused hallucinogenic hysteria
  • Drugs
  • October 22 2015, 2:56 PM

Witches, bread and LSD: how a poisonous mold may have caused hallucinogenic hysteria

Hopes&Fears speaks to historic gastronomist Sarah Lohman about how a bad trip caused by ergot could be the root of monster myths, demonic possession and the Walking Dead.

How much more does medication cost in the US?
  • City Index
  • September 30 2015, 4:47 PM

How much more does medication cost in the US?

We found, perhaps unsurprisingly, that many medications have fairly consistent pricing once you get outside the US.

  • Music
  • September 22 2015, 4:10 PM

Philly band Nothing wants to leave label backed by drug price-gouger Martin Shkreli

Philly band Nothing wants to leave label backed by drug price-gouger Martin Shkreli

Hopes&Fears talked to Nothing's lead singer, Dominic Palermo about the band's predicament and his plans going forward.

Prop masters explain the movie magic of fake cocaine
  • Film
  • September 15 2015, 11:45 AM

Prop masters explain the movie magic of fake cocaine

What are actors actually snorting on film. How does it all work? For Goodfellas' 25th anniversary, we got technical with the prop masters behind the The Knick and other productions.

  • News
  • August 27 2015, 3:27 PM

Colorado, Washington have collected a combined $200 million in taxes from legal weed sales

Colorado, Washington have collected a combined $200 million in taxes from legal weed sales

Colorado has used this revenue to fund the many costs of legalization, including building a regulatory infrastructure.

  • News
  • August 13 2015, 4:19 PM

We can now grow opiates with yeast

We can now grow opiates with yeast

For the first time, lab-engineered sugar successfully produced hydrocodone, a common opiate painkiller. Another strain produced thebaine, an ingredient for oxycodone.

  • News
  • August 13 2015, 9:28 AM

The Electronic Sports League will ban the same drugs as the Olympics

The Electronic Sports League will ban the same drugs as the Olympics

The league will enforce the ban with randomized saliva tests.

  • News
  • August 11 2015, 12:52 PM

91-year old straight-edge Australian man arrested for smuggling 11 pounds of cocaine

91-year old straight-edge Australian man arrested for smuggling 11 pounds of cocaine

Police believe Twartz was scammed by Indian smugglers who tricked him into carrying the drugs.

  • News
  • August 6 2015, 4:12 PM

Smoking pot as a teen doesn't cause health problems as an adult, study finds

Smoking pot as a teen doesn't cause health problems as an adult, study finds

A new study found that smoking pot during adolescence doesn’t cause health problems (like asthma, depression, or psychotic illness) during adulthood.

  • Gif of the day
  • August 5 2015, 4:25 PM

Drug found that fights addiction by wiping out memories

Drug found that fights addiction by wiping out memories

It's like a real-life 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind'.

  • Drone of the day
  • August 4 2015, 3:16 PM

Drone drops drugs into prison yard where inmates get caught fighting over them

Drone drops drugs into prison yard where inmates get caught fighting over them

A drone dropped a package of drugs into the prison yard at the Mansfield correctional institution in Ohio.

  • Gif of the day
  • August 4 2015, 10:41 AM

Watch the first FDA approved 3D-printed drug dissolve magically in seconds

Watch the first FDA approved 3D-printed drug dissolve magically in seconds

If you've ever had trouble swallowing pills, rejoice.

  • News
  • August 3 2015, 5:32 PM

FDA approves first 3D-printed drug

FDA approves first 3D-printed drug

The Food and Drug Administration of the United States has approved a prescription drug which uses 3D printing technology. This can allow for customization to suit patients' needs in the future.

  • Design
  • July 28 2015, 4:30 PM

Faking it while you make it: the best and worst counterfeit goods

Faking it while you make it: the best and worst counterfeit goods

Today, a fake iPhone factory in China was raided, but many other counterfeiters are still out there.

  • Question
  • July 27 2015, 2:47 PM

Can you go to jail for selling fake drugs?

Can you go to jail for selling fake drugs?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know what they're talking about. Today, we discuss a suspicious plot line from 'Orange is the New Black.'

  • News
  • July 21 2015, 1:55 PM

Rock and rollers have it right: living risky makes you happier

Rock and rollers have it right: living risky makes you happier

Many rock and roll stars untimely deaths have transformed them into legends. Now we know these behaviors quite possibly have economic and biological reasoning behind them.

  • Chart of the day
  • July 17 2015, 3:12 PM

The war on drugs accounts for 89% of US government wiretaps

The war on drugs accounts for 89% of US government wiretaps

Out of 3,554 wiretaps in the United States in 2014, a full 89% were for narcotics cases.

A user's guide to drug apps
  • Drugs
  • July 9 2015, 1:04 PM

A user's guide to drug apps

Here is a guide (and a Los Angeles-based user's commentary) to the apps that might make your life as a recreational drug user easier, more interesting, and definitely more tech savvy.

  • News
  • June 22 2015, 11:58 AM

The price of recreational weed is falling fast in Colorado

The price of recreational weed is falling fast in Colorado

Since the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado about a year ago, the industry has been growing, but the price of the product itself has been dropping, a new survey reveals.

Attention without choice: David Foster Wallace's Adderall novel
  • Drugs
  • June 16 2015, 1:13 PM

Attention without choice: David Foster Wallace's Adderall novel

Daniel Kolitz looks at the legacy of The Pale King, the original Adderall novel, and Obetrol, the original Adderall.

  • News
  • June 15 2015, 4:58 PM

8-bit Philosophy: What are drugs good for?

8-bit Philosophy: What are drugs good for?

"Is the possibility of one bad trip worth missing out on the possibility of experiencing all the knowledge in the universe?"

  • News
  • June 4 2015, 2:29 PM

Update: female Viagra approved by the FDA

Update: female Viagra approved by the FDA

The US Food and Drug administration will decide today whether to approve the new female Viagra.

  • News
  • May 28 2015, 6:09 PM

You might be the reason why diet pills don't work

You might be the reason why diet pills don't work

In a world where thin is in, many frequent dieters often notice that when using diet pills that they gain weight instead.

  • Drugs
  • May 27 2015, 1:41 PM

Fictionalized drugs in movies and their real life equivalents

Fictionalized drugs in movies and their real life equivalents

We round up memorable made-up drugs from Judge Dredd, Scanners, Looper and other films along with their real life analogues.

  • News
  • May 18 2015, 6:01 PM

"Ecstasy store" opens in Amsterdam

"Ecstasy store" opens in Amsterdam

The world's first and only "ecstasy" store opened in Amsterdam in a demonstration aimed to decriminalize the drug.

  • News
  • May 15 2015, 4:54 PM

New test screens for cocaine via single fingerprint

New test screens for cocaine via single fingerprint

For the first time, researchers will be able to determine whether or not you have ingested cocaine via new, non-invasive test.

  • News
  • May 5 2015, 3:28 PM

D.A.R.E. falls for a clearly satirical killer-weed-candy Coachella story

D.A.R.E. falls for a clearly satirical killer-weed-candy Coachella story

D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) posted a laughably hilarious news story (since removed from the organization’s website) about the dangers of edibles.

  • News
  • May 4 2015, 6:05 PM

Hey, you got cocaine in my bananas

Hey, you got cocaine in my bananas

Over €15 million worth of cocaine was accidentally delivered to supermarkets in Berlin this morning.

  • News
  • April 27 2015, 8:33 PM

The DEA's report on Burning Man is censored, boring

The DEA's report on Burning Man is censored, boring

Most of the good stuff was redacted from the 43 pages of “investigative files concerning the Burning Man Festival 2011-2015.”

  • Art
  • April 15 2015, 12:30 PM

Drug-buying bot vindicated, criminal case dropped

Drug-buying bot vindicated, criminal case dropped

The Random Darknet Shopper art project is no longer under investigation, but the MDMA it bought on Agora was destroyed.