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Marijuana clone plants at a medical marijuana cooperative in Seattle. A U.N. report says the use and potency of cannabis is on the rise in the U.S.

Higher Pot Use In U.S., Report Says

Marijuana use in the United States has gone up as the public perception of the drug's risk has gone down, and the potency of the drug has also increased, according to a new United Nations report.

Isbel Diaz Torres is a LGBT activist in Cuba. He sees his fight for equality as an extension of Cuba's socialist revolution.

On Being Gay, And Socialist, In Cuba Today

It was very late at night the last time Isbel Diaz Torres and his boyfriend were stopped by Cuban police.

"They asked for our IDs, which is a rare procedure," Diaz recalls.

The policeman then dropped the men's IDs on the floor.

"'That's very funny for you, a very funny thing to do," Diaz, an LGBT activist, said to the policeman. "'Because you want to humiliate me, that's right?' "

He took the policeman's information down and went to the station to report him.

"It wouldn't change anything, but it is my civic duty," the 38-year-old Diaz says.

A rendering of Neanderthals cooking vegetables. The ancient humans inhabited Europe and western Asia between 230,000 and 29,000 years ago.

Did Neanderthals Eat Plants? The Proof May Be In The Poop

Neanderthals clubbed their way to the top of an ancient food chain, slaying caribou and mammoths. But a peek inside their prehistoric poop reveals that the meat-loving early humans may have also enjoyed some salad on the side.

Researchers excavating a site in southern Spain where Neanderthals lived 50,000 years ago were initially looking for remnants of food in fireplaces. Then they stumbled upon tiny bits of poop – which turned out to be the oldest fecal matter from a human relation ever discovered.

Supreme Court Rules On Obama Appointments, Abortion Protests

A Shocking Fish Tale Surprises Evolutionary Biologists

The electric eel's powerful ability to deliver deadly shocks — up to 600 volts — makes it the most famous electric fish, but hundreds of other species produce weaker electric fields. Now, a new genetic study of electric fish has revealed the surprising way they got electrified.

One in six adults binge drink, and that plays a role in most alcohol-related deaths.

Excessive Drinking Causes 10 Percent Of Deaths In Working Adults

Think about people dying from drinking too much, and you probably think of the classic disease of alcoholics, cirrhosis of the liver. Or perhaps an alcohol-fueled car crash. But there are many more ways to kill yourself with alcohol, unfortunately, and they account for 1 in 10 deaths in working adults, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Workers prepare to distribute food Wednesday to civilians fleeing a Pakistan military operation against the Pakistani Taliban in North Waziristan, near the border with Afghanistan. Close to a half-million residents have fled their homes in recent days.

In A Remote Corner Of Pakistan, A Mass Exodus

The people of Pakistan are all too familiar with the tidal waves of humanity that can roll across the landscape with the outbreak of war.

Living in their midst are some 1.6 million Afghan refugees who, over the last 35 years, moved eastward to escape the violence that periodically engulfs their own unstable country.

Now Pakistan is soaking up another human tsunami, this time from the North Waziristan tribal area, an oblong of land slightly larger than Rhode Island, set amid the forests and mountains along its turbulent north-west frontier.

What Not To Serve Buzzards For Lunch, A Glorious Science Experiment

OK, I'm doing great science experiments. We've done sex (see previous post). On to lunch!

This is the story of a bird, a puzzle, and a painting. The painting, curiously, helped solve the puzzle, which is: How do vultures find food?

Business Owners Have 'A Special Challenge' To Help Working Families

Sen. Tim Scott's Mission: Build Wealth Among 'The Most Vulnerable'