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Apr 15, 2011 (Vol. 31, No. 8)


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This is a website that is so jam-packed with information that it can only be described as…fat. Fatbirder is a veritable gold mine for bird enthusiasts around the globe. From an interactive map, visitors can click to country-specific pages that could very well be described as “fat” websites on their own. There is general birding information for that country, links to top sites, numbers and names of endemic species, useful reading, links to societies and other organizations in the region, names of reserves (need I go on?) and, well, you get the idea. Beyond the country-specific pages, there are pages for miscellany and fun, bird news, travel, and bird families, among others. Bird enthusiasts—you would be cuckoo not to check out this awesome website!

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MDMA (commonly known as the empathogen “ecstasy”) is classified as a Schedule 1 drug, which is reserved for compounds with no accepted medical use and a high abuse potential. Two researchers from Stanford, however, call for a rigorous scientific exploration of MDMA's effects to identify precisely how the drug works, the data from which could be used to develop therapeutic compounds.

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