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2006-02-08 00:10:00

By Selcuk Gokoluk ISTANBUL -- Emre is a successful university student with a promising future. He enjoys privileges most Turkish youngsters can only dream of. He has a car, takes overseas trips, and goes to a private college. And like a growing number of his peers, Emre regularly takes drugs. "It gives you a different point of view. You start to see the world from another angle," said Emre, who is in his early 20s and based in Istanbul. He declined to give his surname. Statistics point to a...

2006-01-17 19:23:17

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A convicted Dutch drug trafficker was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Tuesday for importing at least 1.7 million ecstasy pills into the United States. U.S. Federal Judge Jed Rakoff imposed the maximum sentence permitted by law on Henk Rommy and said he would "very seriously consider a sentence of life imprisonment" if it were allowed, prosecutors said in a statement. Rommy, alias "the Cobra," had been convicted by a federal jury in October 2005 of conspiracy...

2005-12-23 13:50:00

Disgraced South Korean scientist Hwang Woo-suk faked data in a landmark paper that purported to show he and his team produced tailored embryonic stem cells and cloned a dog. Other notable medical frauds, some of which continue to have believers, include: - A 1998 study in the Lancet appeared to show the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella was causing autism in children. A majority of the article's authors later retracted the paper's conclusion, and the lead author was found to have been...

2005-12-02 17:15:46

By Jason Szep CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (Reuters) - The scientist who introduced Ecstasy to the world in the 1970s fears the drug's notoriety and popularity at nightclubs is destroying any chance that it might be used to treat the mentally ill. "It's very excellent potential for being used as medicine has been badly jeopardized," Alexander Shulgin, told Reuters after defending the merits of mind-altering drugs at a symposium on the human brain at the Massachusetts Institute of...

2005-12-02 17:15:00

By Jason Szep CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts -- The scientist who introduced Ecstasy to the world in the 1970s fears the drug's notoriety and popularity at nightclubs is destroying any chance that it might be used to treat the mentally ill. "It's very excellent potential for being used as medicine has been badly jeopardized," Alexander Shulgin, told Reuters after defending the merits of mind-altering drugs at a symposium on the human brain at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology this week....

2005-11-25 15:20:00

BRUSSELS -- Cocaine use among young adults in Britain and Spain is almost as prevalent as in the United States and consumption of the drug is rising across Europe, a report published on Thursday showed. About 9 million people in the European Union, 3 percent of all adults, have tried cocaine, while up to 3.5 million are likely to have to have used it in the last year and 1.5 million took the drug in the past month, the report found. "Historically, cocaine was a fairly rare drug in Europe,"...

2005-11-24 13:05:00

BRUSSELS -- Cocaine use among young adults in Britain and Spain is almost as prevalent as in the United States and consumption of the drug is rising across Europe, a report published on Thursday showed. About 9 million people in the European Union, 3 percent of all adults, have tried cocaine, while up to 3.5 million are likely to have to have used it in the last year and 1.5 million took the drug in the past month, the report found. "Historically, cocaine was a fairly rare drug in Europe,"...

2005-10-28 00:25:56

DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) - Wearing a white Muslim headscarf, an Australian former lingerie model went on trial on Thursday after being caught with two ecstasy pills on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. Michelle Leslie is facing charges of ecstasy possession carrying a maximum sentence of 15 years and a minimum of four. However, she also faces an alternate charge for receiving drugs as a user, which carries a maximum three-month term. The 24-year old Leslie, identified in...

2005-09-07 12:51:10

By Paul Hoskins DUBLIN (Reuters) - Clubbers using ecstasy to keep them dancing through the night may damage their immune systems while those suffering from depression induced by the drug could be more difficult to treat, a neuroscientist said on Wednesday. Developed as an appetite suppressant but now used at raves and night clubs to reduce inhibitions, ecstasy has been linked to psychiatric illnesses but Dr Thomas Connor of Trinity College Dublin believes it may also put physical...

2005-09-07 12:53:44

By Paul Hoskins DUBLIN (Reuters) - Clubbers using ecstasy to keep them dancing through the night may damage their immune systems while those suffering from depression induced by the drug could be more difficult to treat, a neuroscientist said on Wednesday. Developed as an appetite suppressant but now used at raves and night clubs to reduce inhibitions, ecstasy has been linked to psychiatric illnesses but Dr Thomas Connor of Trinity College Dublin believes it may also put physical...


Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.