Nitrous oxide has been used as an anaesthetic for over 100 years.
Media-driven panic about drugs can create a perception more people are using the drug than they actually are, and when teens think 'everyone' is doing it, they are more likely to want to do it too.
Are these people suffering from a disorder – or just having fun?
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Just because people enjoy a recreational activity doesn't mean they're addicted to it, even if they spend lots of time doing it.
In 2016, a UK Home Affairs Committee report highlighted that street-based sex work has diminished significantly over the last two to three decades.
Consensual sex work, like non-commercial sex, mostly happens behind closed doors. Yet stigma toward and ignorance about sex workers makes people panic when we try to talk about reform.
Should children under the age of 13 be given access to smartphones?
Teaching fear and avoidance of technology may protect people from negative consequences. But it also prevents them from finding, and benefiting from, productive uses of new innovations.
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Objections from certain sectors of Malaysian society to the film neatly illustrates both the fear and lack of understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the country.
A blueprint for ISIS – and for a video game? Camp Bucca, Iraq.
Does including torture or other human rights violations in video games trivialize the actions? Or might it force us to think more critically about them?
Despite challenges, Indonesia’s LGBT community continues to fight for its rights.
A recent onslaught against gays and lesbians in Indonesia shows a fresh wave of moral panic over homosexuality in the world's most populous Muslim country.
Dire predictions on the future of children’s brains are shocking, not least because of how flimsy the evidence is to support these views.
Baseless claims about the damage done to kids' development create needless panic. And they distract from legitimate, evidence-based concerns with which parents need to engage.
A miniature orc from the popular role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons.
When conspiracy theorists label games and literature "Satanic," what does it say about their own imaginations and ability to engage in play?
Industry insiders spoke of how mainstream porn has moved from being ‘lovey dovey’ in the mid-1990s to rough and aggressive.
It’s a well-worn political trick that you caricature and call your opponents names when you don’t want to engage with the substance of their claims. In debates about porn, pornography advocates often seek…