Ice Quakes, Your Brain on Pot & the Body Language of Victory | Summary and Q&A

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Ice Quakes, Your Brain on Pot & the Body Language of Victory

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Mysterious booms in the night may be frost quakes caused by freezing wet ground, and caution is warranted as marijuana use can lead to brain structure changes and memory impairment. Additionally, a study reveals universal body language of victory.

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Q: What caused the mysterious explosions heard during the winter of 2014?

The explosions were likely cryoseisms or ice quakes, caused by the rapid freezing of wet ground, resulting in a sudden buildup of pressure that can only be released through the ground surface.

Q: How does daily marijuana use affect the brain?

Daily marijuana use can lead to negative changes in the brain's memory centers, as observed in individuals in their 20s who had been using pot daily for more than three years. These changes resemble those found in individuals with schizophrenia and can result in memory impairment.

Q: Is marijuana now legal for recreational use in all states in the US?

No, marijuana is only legally allowed for recreational use in Colorado and Washington. Uruguay also legalized the drug for recreational use.

Q: What did a study reveal about the body language of victory?

A study showed that the body language of victory, characterized by raised arms, a puffed-up chest, and a thrown-back head, is universal and innate. It was observed in athletes from various cultures and even in athletes blind from birth.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • The strange explosions heard in various locations during the winter of 2014 were likely cryoseisms or ice quakes, caused by the rapid freezing of wet ground.

  • The legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes in Colorado and Uruguay has raised concerns among scientists, as daily use can lead to negative changes in the brain's memory centers, similar to those found in individuals with schizophrenia.

  • A study shows that the body language of victory, characterized by raised arms and a puffed-up chest, is universal and innate across cultures and even in athletes blind from birth.

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