FROM James Giordano
Smart Drugs: The Quest for Getting an Edge Let's face it, who doesn't want to be sharper, more alert, and able to ace anything you want to do without having to get much sleep? Now, in addition to Ritalin and Adderall, there's a new crop of over-the-counter drugs aimed at enhancing brain function, including Provigil and Modafinil. Originally a narcolepsy drug Modafanil – or Moda -- is easy to obtain on college campuses now. Entrepreneurs, video gamers, office workers and musicians are taking it to give them an edge in a competitive world. But is it safe? Is this the beginning of a medicalized level doping of our minds? Are smart drugs miracle pills, pathways to addiction or just plain cheating?
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.