Keyword Search: Pain
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Source: The Guradian

I shouldn’t be criminalised for using cannabis to ease my constant pain

Today 05:13 GMT

I’m convinced cannabis has allowed me to live more of a normal life than would have been possible with the constant pain.

If it eventually passed into law, it would be a landmark day for people living with a chronic disease or in constant pain. Big pharma and major corporations involved in the industry such as British Sugar may balk at a regulated free market in medical cannabis, seeking to protect their interests.

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Source: BBC

Stolen Degas painting found on a bus

Today 05:11 GMT

Back in 2015, the US punk band Stereo Fire Empire found a stolen artwork in New Orleans, leaning against a wall, mere hours after it was reported stolen.

In 2007 in New York, a painting stolen 20 years previously was found lying in a pile of rubbish in Manhattan's Upper West Side in New York. Sleeping Lady with Black Vase was sold at auction five years later for £182,000.

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Source: New York Times

Sex Hurts. Help!

Today 05:12 GMT

While foreplay alone rarely cures painful sex, most people actually want more than they are getting, so doubling up on foreplay is good sex hygiene, and, most important, it is fun.

If sex hurts, many women begin to anticipate the pain, which increases the pain response and diminishes lubrication and libido. If every time I offered you the finest chocolate in the world I hit you with a hammer at your first bite, you would soon learn to dread and fear chocolate.

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Source: Common Domain

Neanderthals Had a Creative Side, New Cave Art Studies Suggest

Friday 10:52 GMT

Neanderthals, once considered the low-brows of human evolution, may have been among the world’s first artists, creating cave paintings long before modern humanity arrived on the scene, scientists reported in two new studies Thursday.

“We conclude that this cave art has to be made by Neanderthals,” said physicist Dirk Hoffmann at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, who led researchers from 15 centers in Germany, the U.K., Portugal and Spain.

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Source: NBC News

Cave art proves Neanderthals were as smart as early modern humans

Friday 16:23 GMT

Some of the oldest cave art found in modern-day Spain is too old to have been made by modern humans, researchers reported Thursday.

“In conjunction with the evidence that cave painting in Europe dates back to at least 64,800 years ago, it leaves no doubt that Neanderthals shared symbolic thinking with early modern humans and that, as far as we can infer from material culture, Neanderthals and early modern humans were cognitively indistinguishable,” they concluded.

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Source: CBS News

Europeans should gird for extreme weather

Friday 20:04 GMT

It implies global temperatures could rise by 2.6 degrees Celsius (about 4.68 degrees Fahrenheit ) to 4.8 degrees Celsius (8.28 degrees Fahrenheit) on average by 2050-2100, compared with the 50-year period from 1850-1900.

Thinking of fleeing to Europe to escape the record-breaking severe weather in the U.S.? You're not likely to find a reprieve from climate change there, either. Floods, droughts and heatwaves in European cities will be more severe and strike more frequently than scientists previously realized, a new analysis for 571 cities across the continent found.

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Source: The Guradian

Neanderthals – not modern humans – were first artists on Earth, experts claim

Friday 19:11 GMT

More than 65,000 years ago, a Neanderthal reached out and made strokes in red ochre on the wall of a cave, and in doing so, became the first known artist on Earth, scientists claim.

In caves separated by hundreds of miles, Neanderthals daubed, drew and spat paint on walls producing artworks, the researchers say, tens of thousands of years before modern humans reached the sites. The finding, described as a “major breakthrough in the field of human evolution” by an expert who was not involved in the research, makes the case for a radical retelling of the human story, in which the behaviour of modern humans differs from the Neanderthals by the narrowest of margins.

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Source: New York Times

In Picasso’s Blue Period, Scanners Find Secrets He Painted Over

Wednesday 20:03 GMT

“By combining all these techniques together, we’re starting to get a better understanding of the entire painted structure.”

The scientists at Northwestern and the Art Institute used the same X-ray technique to examine 39 of Picasso’s bronze sculptures, cast between 1905 and 1959, and 11 painted sheet metal sculptures from the 1960s, all from the collection of the Musée Picasso in Paris. Over the past decade, the researchers have analyzed about 350 bronze sculptures from the late 1800s to the middle of the 20th century made by different artists in Paris.

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Source: New York Times

The Elder Statesman of Latin American Literature — and a Writer of Our Moment

Wednesday 13:37 GMT

This imposing casona seemed like a fitting residence for the last living giant of a golden age of Latin American literature, a man who may well be the most politically important novelist of our time, but the house does not belong to Vargas Llosa.

“The Time of the Hero” was among the first sensations of a transformative age of Latin American literature known as the Boom. (All its other major writers — Gabriel García Márquez, Julio Cortázar, Carlos Fuentes, José Donoso, Juan Rulfo, Miguel Ángel Asturias and Guillermo Cabrera Infante — have died.)

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Source: NBC News

10 core exercises that are more effective than crunches

Thursday 21:51 GMT

In addition to the potential for pain, sit-ups and crunches target just a few isolated muscles, and your core goes far beyond just abdominal muscles, so they aren't the most effective use of your time.

The good news: There are many other exercises that not only protect your back and neck, but work more of the core muscles, getting you more bang for your buck. "These exercises focus on getting your spine into a good position and maintaining that while your extremities are moving," says Bott. "Instead of creating the movement, your muscles are working hard against it.

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Source: The Week

Fifty Shades and the secret compromises of women

Wednesday 10:52 GMT

It's an uncomfortable fact that at the very moment the #MeToo movement advocates for equal treatment in the workplace, women are rushing to theaters to watch the final movie of the Fifty Shades trilogy, in which the female protagonist happily marries her obsessive stalker-cum-employer.

One possibility is that Fifty Shades captures aspects of the secret compromises many women make that softer romances don't.

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Source: DW

Barcelona terror attack suspects arrested in France

Wednesday 15:28 GMT

France's top anti-terrorism prosecutor, Francois Molins, revealed in late August that several of the suspects had been in the Paris region in the days leading up to the attacks.

Spanish and French authorities detained three people on Tuesday in connection with last summer's terrorist attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils, which left 16 people dead and around 130 injured. The arrests were made in the French regions of Gard and Tarn, following a joint French and Spanish police operation.

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Source: New York Times

Graffiti Gets Paid at 5Pointz. Now What?

Wednesday 10:52 GMT

Jerry Wolkoff, the developer who owns the building known as 5Pointz in Long Island City, Queens, was fined $6.7 million for painting over the works of 21 graffiti artists.

Graffiti has been governed by one rule ever since it exploded in the Bronx in the 1970s: If you paint over another artist’s work, what comes next must be better than what stood before. In the ephemeral world of graffiti, it was about as close to a law as there was.

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Source: DW

Spanish national anthem words spark controversy

Wednesday 09:56 GMT

Spanish pop singer Marta Sanchez reignited a national debate over patriotism when she performed the national anthem with her own added lyrics, at a concert in Madrid on Saturday.

The Spanish national anthem, known as the "Royal March," is one of the few in the world that does not contain any lyrics and Spaniards often hum or just stand silent when it is played. Sanchez's performance of the anthem caused both praise and criticism, in a country that is still reeling from the political crisis that was sparked by the recent Catalan secession movement in October 2017.

“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets...” ― Napoléon Bonaparte