Known as “The Forbidden Isle”, Ni‘ihau is a snapshot of Hawaii from before it was colonised. The island is privately owned by the Robinson family, who are dedicated to preserving ancient Hawaiian culture and nature. But how do they do it? They strictly forbid outsiders from interacting with the native population to avoid tainting their way of life. They’re so strict that even leaving the island for an extended period brands you as an outsider, preventing you from returning.
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To curb drug deaths, communities turn to Reddit, texts and wastewater
With drug overdose deaths on the rise, authorities are attempting to curb the epidemic by tracking and sharing information in real time. In one unique effort, a nonprofit in New York City is using drug-testing equipment and stamping or marking habits of dealers to identify drug batches that may endanger users. Other approaches are also being used, such as monitoring drug-related chatter on Reddit and analyzing local wastewater for opioid and other drug levels. With the combination of these efforts, researchers hope to put a dent in the opioid crisis and reduce overdose deaths. Read full article here