Dirk Hanson is a freelance science writer and blogger. He is also the author of "The New Alchemists: Silicon Valley and the Microelectronics Revolution." He currently edits the Addiction Inbox blog. He has written for Scientific American, The Dana Foundation, Huffington Post, AlterNet, California, Omni, and other magazines.
Book review.In The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking, author Olivia Laing’s stated goal is “to know why writers drink, and what effect this stew of spirits has had upon the body of... Read Full Post
Commentary.Former National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) director Alan Leshner has been vilified by many for referring to addiction as a chronic, relapsing “brain disease.” What often goes... Read Full Post
Calcium may be curbing the urge to drink. “Occasionally,” reads the opening sentence of a commentary published online last month in Neuropsychopharmacology, “a paper comes along that fundamentally... Read Full Post
In Central America, drug policies become conservation policies.The Central American isthmus exploded into prominence as a drug trafficking corridor in 2006, when pressure on Mexican cartels pushed... Read Full Post
Can we ever integrate neuroscience and social science?Bielefeld, Germany—The last in a series of posts about a recent conference, Neuroplasticity in Substance Addiction and Recovery: From Genes to... Read Full Post
Controversial DBS technique shows early promise for Parkinson’s, Tourette’s.Bielefeld, Germany—The third in an irregular series of posts about a recent conference, Neuroplasticity in Substance... Read Full Post
Plus the disease model, warts and all. Bielefeld, Germany—The second in an irregular series of posts about a recent conference, Neuroplasticity in Substance Addiction and Recovery: From Genes to... Read Full Post
And how does it impact addiction and recovery?Bielefeld, Germany—The first in an irregular series of posts about a recent conference, Neuroplasticity in Substance Addiction and Recovery: From Genes... Read Full Post
Marijuana stats skew perceptions of use.Most statistical surveys of marijuana focus on a single quantitative measurement: How many people are using? But there’s a problem: More marijuana use does not... Read Full Post
America’s tragic seasonal illness.These victims spend the holiday season awash in replacement bulbs and outdoor extension cords, the sturdy cords in orange or blue, as they monitor their... Read Full Post
Book review.In The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking, author Olivia L... Read Full Post
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