PROMINENT RESEARCHER SAYS CANNABINOIDS CAN HELP HEAL BRAIN TRAUMA

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Dr. Esther Shohami is one of the world’s foremost cannabinoid researchers. Her research is focused on the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) on cognitive functions, and the involvement of the endocannabinoid system in rehabilitation after TBI. She is also involved in developing new cannabinoid-like drugs to treat TBI. Dr. Shohami is a neuropharmacologist at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Ramona Rubin of Doc Green’s Healing Collective had the opportunity to catch up with Dr. Shohami at the recent Patients Out of Time conference in Berkeley, California. HT: Welcome to Berkeley. I understand this is not your first visit to California? ES: I spent a summer here in Berkeley with a colleague at the UC in 2003. It’s wonderful weather, wonderful location, I am enjoying the sun and the company. Patients Out Of Time is a very interesting meeting with a blend of people that I don’t usually see represented at scientific meetings. You’re here sharing your research on traumatic brain injury. How did you come to discover the role of the endocannabinoid system in protecting and healing the brain after injury? I work upstairs in the same building as the lab of Professor Raphael Mechoulam. After he identified THC …

Hurricane Irma Barrels Toward U.S., Threatening to Engulf Florida

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Photo Mark Kren, right, pulled storm shutters across the front of his restaurant in Jensen Beach, Fla., as Hurricane Irma advanced.Credit Jason Henry for The New York Times MIAMI — As Hurricane Irma threatened to engulf virtually the entire state of Florida in deadly winds, driving rain and surging seas, the largest evacuation in the state’s history saw hundreds of thousands of people scrambling into crowded county shelters and jamming highways as they fled north from the storm. With the clock ticking, some counties issued curfews for Saturday, and more shelters were opened to absorb the crush of people seeking cover from one of the most powerful hurricanes to hit Florida. Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, described Hurricane Irma as “a threat that is going to devastate the United States, either Florida or some of the southeastern states.” Eric Silagy, the chief executive of Florida Power and Light Company, said in a news conference that power losses were expected to affect 4.1 million customers, or 9 million people in the state. He said that every part of Florida would be affected and that people could lose power for an extended period, possibly weeks. The number of …

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How To Land The Best Housesitting Gigs Around The World Posted: 04/11/2015 7:52 am EDT Updated: 06/11/2015 5:59 am EDT By Yvonne Bauche,InternationalLiving.com This article comes to us courtesy ofInternationalLiving.com, the world’s leading authority on how to live, work, invest, travel, and retire better overseas. Do you want to travel and sample different retirement lifestyles, but have a limited budget? Housesitting may be your answer. Our first housesit was three years ago. Since then we have lived rent-free in Tuscan farmhouses, French vineyards, Spanish casitas, English heritage homes, luxury Costa Rican villas, and a jungle retreat inBelize. In exchange for looking after the house, garden, pets, and pool, my husband Michael and I have saved around $24,000 in accommodation costs. Whether you want a dream vacation or to sample a retirement destination, the trick to being successful is to stand out from the crowd. Competition is fierce, with many homeowners receiving 20 to 60 responses to their “house sitter needed” advertisements. Here’s how you can join this group of savvy travelers and score the best housesitting gigs around the world. First, register on at least one house sitter site. We useHouseCarers.com and TrustedHousesitters.com. These online sites allow you to build …

Bitcoin: The End of Money As We Know It (2015) Documentary Review

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Director: Torsten Hoffmann, Micheal Watchulonis Documentary Running Time: 60 minutes The subject of money is undoubtedly a source of enigmatic confusion. Many people have covered it, from economic professors to bloggers and authors; even Ira Glass on NPR. But Bitcoin continues to feed confusion over what it is, how it got here, and whether or not it could change money in our lifetime. Director Torsten Hoffmann breaks out into the world of money with his energetic documentary, “Bitcoin: The End of Money As We Know It” (2015). It’s dynamic, filled to the brim with hard-hitting history. There’s electricity in the pace, a kineticism in the narration, a fervor in the subject matter and the high-stakes world of finance. It is a rapid film that catches you off guard, with a title as provocative as itself. The picture begins with a luring score that ushers us in, not to explore simply Bitcoin, but to hint at the basis of trade, commerce, and civil society. Montaging clips of personal interactions and crowds of people, Hoffmann opens the film as if opening the blinds on a warm and beautiful morning. His story of money is one filled with promise like a sunrise over a landscape of …

Blockchain Startup Raises $2 Million for Intellectual Property Solution

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A startup that uses the bitcoin blockchain to establish digital ownership of art and other creative works has raised $2m in seed funding. Ascribe received backing from Earlybird Venture Capital, Digital Currency Group, Freelands Ventures and a group of angel investors, according to a report by TechCrunch. Founder Bruce Pon told the news outlet that the idea for the product first took shape in 2013, explaining: “The idea to use blockchain to allow artists to create digital scarcity germinated in mid-2013 when [founders] Trent and Masha [McConaghy] asked ‘Can you own digital art like you own bitcoin?’” The prototype for the project, Pon explained, was built by McConaghy in fall of 2013, with the founders leaving to pursue the project full time in 2014. “Since then, we’ve been refining the technology and working with early users,” he continued. Artists that use ascribe essentially create digital deeds for their work, which are then subsequently time-stamped onto the bitcoin blockchain. As shown below, once a file is uploaded to Ascribe, it creates a digital certificate that can be then be traded, tracked or loaned, thereby creating a chain of ownership for that work.                   Proof of the transaction can then …

Tutorial: How To Create Super-Secure and Easily Memorable Passphrases

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So I’m sure once you start accumulating your precious coins you’re going to want to keep them  safe & secure.   In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a super- secure and easily memorable passphrase of between 10 – 20 random words. Let’s get started: Get 5 dice (standard six-sided) Take the 5 dice, put them in a shoe box or cup, shake them up and let them drop on a table. Record the 5 numbers from left to right. Example: 25361 Repeat steps 2 thru 3 for a minimum of 10 times and write them down in a column. Open this dictionary list of 7,774 words and find the corresponding words then write them in a second column next to the numbers. Discard the numbers, connect the words and create your passphrase. I like to use all upper case letters with no spaces in between. You can choose your own formula. The rolls of the dice are what generate randomness and the word list gives you a large enough data set to pull from. Using this method a 20-word passphrase has256 bits of entropy but a 10-word passphrase at 128 bits is more than enough. How to memorize …