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National Geographic Answer Book Winner!

On Friday, we asked readers to submit amazing demographic facts. The submissions were all fascinating, but we could only pick one… The Winning Entry: A team of researchers from the University of British Columbia found that 96% of test subjects used for experiments are WEIRD—members of societies that are Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, Democratic. Additionally, they found [...]

Irritating Side Effect of Cocaine Vaccine: It Causes Users to Take 10 Times as Much Cocaine as Before

Last October, I posted about a drug that binds antibodies to cocaine to diminish its pleasurable effects in users. Well, it’s not working out terribly well because some users are responding by taking enough cocaine to overwhelm its protection: Nobody overdosed, but some of them had 10 times more cocaine coursing through their systems than researchers [...]