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Whoopi Goldberg’s Campaign Might Get Approval On Medical Marijuana For Menstrual Cramps

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Late last week, New Jersey lawmakers introduced a bill that would loosen the state’s notoriously tight medical marijuana restrictions to allow for its usage in alleviating menstrual cramps.

And in an interesting turn, this move owes a great deal to Whoopi Goldberg, whose own line of cannabis products inspired Assemblyman Tim Eustace, the man behind the bill.

“People have this puritanical idea that it’s a bunch of potheads sitting in these dispensaries, but there are some very sick patients in need,” Eustace said, adding, “One of the most underserved populations is women.”

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Can People Actually Get Turned On By Robots?

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A recent Stanford University study that saw researchers building on the idea of the “uncanny valley” has turned up some surprising results.

The uncanny valley hypothesis describes the U-shaped relationship between how “human” a robot looks, and how comfortably humans receive them. The theory suggests that for a “familiar but distinctly non-human robot,” a natural human response would be “to look at them as a friendly, non-threatening computer,” according to the study’s press release.

Stanford researchers took the concept one step further, asking if these robots could provoke a stronger emotional response than friendliness in humans, such as physiological arousal (in layman’s terms: Can humans get turned on by robots?)

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Why Are Girls Starting Their Period Younger And Younger?

We often take the age a girl starts her period for granted. But history shows us that, since Medieval times, that age has been getting steadily lower.

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On average, a woman will have approximately 450 periods in her lifetime. With bleeding typically lasting anywhere from 5-7 days, a woman spends around 2,700 days of her life bleeding.

Most young women today get their first period (called menarche) at around 12.5 years old, but in the scope of human history, what seems normal to us is actually a very young age. Indeed, the age of menarche has steadily trended downward since the Victorian Era. Here’s a look at the average age throughout history, what influences that age, and some reasons why the downward trend may have started…

5 Unusual Disorders That Seem Too Strange To Be Real

From involuntary natural drunkenness to a condition called “Exploding Head Syndrome,” these are some of the most unusual disorders in the world.

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Our brains and bodies are composed of an incredibly complex series of networks and systems, which naturally means that the list of things that can go awry within them is seemingly endless. Here are five disorders of the brain and body that you won’t believe even exist.

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