Psilocybin is the hallucinogenic compound found in magic mushrooms. And new research shows that it can actually change the brains of people with depression by resetting neural circuits. (NS)
6 Things You Need To Know Today (October 18, 2017)
1. Can magic mushrooms change your brain?
2. Carrie Fisher did not take sexual harassment lightly.
Late actress Carrie Fisher had a loud and clear message for predatory Hollywood producer: You mess with my friends, you mess with me. When screenwriter Heather Robinson told Fisher that a Hollywood executive had tried to force himself on her in a car, Fisher hand-delivered a cow's tongue wrapped in a Tiffany's box to him. (The Guardian)
3. How do you talk to your daughters about sex when you're a feminist porn director?
Feminist porn director Erika Lust is the first to acknowledge that sex is complicated—and she wants to make sure her daughters know that there's a difference between porn and real-life, adult sex. So, what's her best advice for giving kids "the talk"? Don't. "Don’t be too aggressive. Don’t sit them down for a talk. Try to incorporate it into everyday life. Storytelling is very powerful. That’s part of why I make the kind of movies I do—I like giving people erotic stories." (Refinery29)
4. Do you know what a kilonova is?
Scientists witnessed one this week—and it's a big deal. A kilonova happens when two stars collide, and witnessing one using gravitational wave detectors and conventional telescopes was a first-of-its-kind action that involved collaboration between a number of different groups. (Washington Post)
5. A huge oil company has just purchased Europe's largest electric vehicle charging network.
6. Postpartum depression doesn't happen just to women.
Dads can get it, too. Research suggests that about 7 to 10 percent of new fathers suffer from this illness, which causes feelings of sadness and anxiety, compared to 12 percent of new moms. (NYT)