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May 01, 2006 (Vol. 26, No. 9)

TNC Invasive Species Initiative Page

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I've covered invasive species in this column previously. This interesting site, hosted by The Nature Conservancy, reminds us that the blame for invasive species can be placed on the shoulders of one species, Homo sapiens. Though the word weeds in the URL of this site would suggest it is concerned with invasive plant species, that is not completely true. At least the links cited here provide information about invasive insects and other animal species. An interesting feature of the site is the Red Alerts section with information about invasive organisms ranging from beetles to grasses. A great place to go check out invasive species info.
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Scientifically Studying Ecstasy

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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