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Reducing Crime With Limited Legalization

Expanding on the Situational Crime Prevention theory that making crimes harder or less appealing to commit will make them less likely to occur, two criminologists make the case for “providing opportunities” for would-be criminals to commit their acts legally and safely.

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Late Nights, Long Drives, and Too Much Speed

New research on the why and when of truckers abusing drugs.

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Drug Courts Are the Answer

Eric Holder’s plan to reduce mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders is met with praise, and supported by the facts.

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Tribal Communities Explore Creative Alternatives to Incarceration

From elder meetings to equine therapy, programs focusing on healing are found to be cheaper and more effective than jail time.

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Bath Salts, Zombies, and Crossbows: An Update

Scientists are working to study the make-up and effects of bath salts, while ER doctors are struggling to treat its victims.

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Solo Rock Stars Die Young

New research links premature deaths of pop stars with childhood traumas, and suggests being part of a band may help protect them against self-destructive behavior.

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Feds Poke Hole in Needle Exchange Funding

Despite evidence that needle exchange programs for drug users slow the spread of AIDS, the new U.S. government spending bill once again defunds such programs.

War on Drugs Remains at Stalemate After 40 Years

Pretty much everyone agrees the war on drugs is a failure. So why don’t we try a different approach?

Supervised-Injection Site in Vancouver Meets Big Hurdle

With the backing of numerous scientific studies and provincial health authorities, Insite will fight for its life against the Canadian federal government in court.

Is a Dip in Cocaine Use a War on Drugs Victory?

Washington remains optimistic about the war on drugs based on dips in the importation of cocaine. But even the “good news” derived from comparisons with Europe is distressing.

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Quick Studies

What Kind of Beat Makes You Want To Groove?

The science behind the rhythms that get you on the dance floor.

Pollution’s Racial Divides

When it comes to the injustice of air pollution, the divide between blacks and whites is greater than the gap between the rich and the poor.

Hunger and Low Blood Sugar Can Spur Domestic Quarrels

In an experiment, scientists found a correlation between low blood glucose and higher levels of spousal frustration.

Your Brain Starts Faltering After You Reach Age … 24

Sorry to break it to you, TSwift. At least in terms of cognitive functioning while playing StarCraft 2, you're finished.

Cavemen Were Awesome Parents

Toy hand axes, rock bashing, and special burials indicate that Neanderthals were cooler parents than previously thought, according to a new theory.

The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014