Tagged With addiction

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Methamphetamine is one of the nastiest drug addictions to overcome, in part because memories of the high are so powerful. But what if scientists could erase those drug-infused recollections? Researchers at the University of Florida have developed a drug that's able to do just that in mice.

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Video: We're missing out on the world around us because we're all so focused on what's happening in the world inside of our phones. This bitingly hilarious animation jabs at our smartphone addiction by showing cartoon characters so obsessed with their phones that they don't notice danger in front of them, or when their clothes have been stripped off, or when people are dying and so on. It's great.

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Ready for some weird science? Certain bacteria found in the dirt near coca plants are powered by an enzyme that eats cocaine. Unfortunately, the enzyme breaks down quickly at body temperature, meaning it can't be used to treat human overdoses or addiction. Now, though, researchers have designed a version that can survive body temps — and more than doubles its cocaine appetite.

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For all the jokes, pornography addiction is a real and actual addiction. Really. Stop laughing. I'm serious. Porn works like any other addictive substance: It re-wires your brain in ways that make you need it, and probably proves harmful to the rest of your life.

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How much tech is too much? How many of our gadgets are solving the annoyances of others? Dave Pell realised something gloomy about our fanciest tools: we're happier without a lot of them.

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The New York Times has an interesting trend piece about how big companies — especially Silicon Valley ones — are beginning to institute policies which encourage people to step back from the streams of information coming at them from their various gadgets and focus on what really matters (as far as work goes, at least).

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Cold sweats. Shortness of breath. Inability to concentrate. You've got withdrawal symptoms, and you've got them bad. There's only one thing that can help, and that's a long, hard hit of the blue stuff: sweet, nourishing Facebook. That's right, researchers have determined that it's possible to be legitimately addicted to the social network. Here's how to find out if you've got the itch.

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Zounds! So this is what my ex-girlfriend meant when she said sex with me was akin to "carnal relations with an empty husk". Too much web porn! It's killing our libidos, lads, one frantically one-handed mouse click at a time.