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A Patient With Diabetes No Longer Needs Insulin After Receiving A Bioengineered “Pancreas”

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A year after receiving a new type of islet cell transplant to treat her severe diabetes, a patient continues to do well and no longer needs insulin injections to manage her disease. Kristin Houser Futurism Even the most exciting breakthrough medical treatment can be rendered obsolete by a particularly insurmountable obstacle: time. A HAPPY ANNIVERSARY If a treatment only works temporarily, it has… A Patient With… Read More »

Government has role to play in stopping modern slavery

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We might think slavery is something relegated to the annals of history, but it is a huge modern-day problem. And a global one. Molly Harriss Olson Brisbane Times The Global Slavery Index estimates that 45.8 million people in 167 countries are in some form of modern slavery. And the International Labour Organisation (ILO) said that 21 million people were in forced labour in 2012, generating a profit of nearly… Government has role… Read More »

UCI doctor’s plan to stop superbugs is widely used. At her own hospital, it didn’t work

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By the end of December, a lethal bacterium had swept through UC Irvine Medical Center’s intensive care unit, sickening seven infants. Melody Petersen Los Angeles Times Dr. Susan Huang, the hospital’s infection control expert, had a plan. The strategy — which she had promoted so successfully that most U.S. hospitals now use it — included bathing all infants in the ICU with a powerful disinfectant, and swabbing inside their noses with an… UCI doctor’s plan… Read More »

A passport from a country that doesn’t exist

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The NSK has invented a nation as a work of art – and its pavilion at the Venice Biennale has much to say about statehood and globalisation, writes Benjamin Ramm. Benjamin Ramm BBC The woman who stamps my passport is called Mercy and she has no fixed abode. Born in Nigeria, she travelled via Libya to Italy, where she lives in the city of Padua in a… A passport from… Read More »

Palais Theatre in St Kilda reopens its famous doors after $26 million revamp

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Thirty years ago Martin Foley took a woman he’d just met on a first date to the ballet at St Kilda’s Palais Theatre. Elias Clure ABC Today Mr Foley, as the Minister for Creative Industries, unveiled a $26 million redevelopment that saved the iconic theatre from almost certainly closing. As well as hosting ballet, the 90-year-old venue has welcomed some of Melbourne’s best ever known gigs. The Rolling Stones supported Roy Orbison at the… Palais Theatre in… Read More »

Stephen Fry Explains Why People Believe Donald Trump

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It’s all to do with the Dunning-Kruger effect. Chris York HuffPost Say what you like about him, one thing you can’t accuse Donald Trump of lacking is confidence in his own beliefs. Even when they are demonstrably wrong. But what’s perhaps more worrying is the sheer number of people who believe him. From climate change being a hoax to immigrants raising the crime rate, there is barely a topic the President hasn’t eschewed a… Stephen Fry Explains… Read More »

Video: 150 years of Canadian foreign policy

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On July 1, Canada celebrates 150 years of nationhood — marking the uniting of three British colonies (Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick). How has Canada’s foreign policy changed over… OpenCanada With the anniversary in mind, this OpenCanada video, written by journalist Michael Petrou and animated by Emmy Award-winning art director Santosh Isaac, explores the challenges and… From Canada’s outsized contributions during… Video: 150 years… Read More »

Python Meets Plato: Why Stanford Should Require Computer Science Students to Study Ethics

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When he was 21, Bill Sourour, a programmer and teacher, was hired by a marketing firm to build a website for a pharmaceutical company. Antigone Xenopoulos The Stanford Review As part of the site, he was asked to code a quiz that would recommend a drug treatment to teenage girls. But the details of the app were misleading: the company told him to display their drug as the only answer, regardless of the… Python Meets Plato… Read More »

From ‘white flight’ to ‘bright flight’ – the looming risk for our growing cities

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If the growth of cities in the 20th century was marked by “white flight”, the 21st century is shaping up to be the era of “bright flight”. Jason Twill  The Conversation  The young, highly educated and restless are being priced out of many of the world’s major cities. They are choosing instead to set themselves up in smaller, regional… From ‘white flight… Read More »

How Macron Could Destroy the European Union

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Emmanuel Macron’s banking skills can’t save the European Union from itself. Amitai Etzioni The National Interest Emmanuel Macron is calling for concentrating more power in the hands of “Brussels,” that is, in the hands of the European Commission. This is despite the fact that Britain is leaving the European Union because of popular rebellion against violations of national sovereignty by… How Macron Could… Read More »

The Counter-productive Isolation of Proud and Hungry Sanaa

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Our Arabian Peninsula Senior Analyst April Longley Alley finds pride, resilience and an eagerness to end the conflict during field research and many conversations in Sanaa, Yemen’s capital. April Longley Alley ICG She concludes that isolating one side or making the famine and suffering worse will only prolong the war. SANAA, Yemen – One of the… The Counter-productive… Read More »

There’s no such thing as a ‘pure’ European—or anyone else

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When the first busloads of migrants from Syria and Iraq rolled into Germany 2 years ago, some small towns were overwhelmed. Ann Gibbons Science The village of Sumte, population 102, had to take in 750 asylum seekers. Most villagers swung into action, in keeping with Germany’s strong Willkommenskultur, or “welcome culture.” But one self… There’s no such… Read More »

Fethullah Gulen: The Turkey I no longer know

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Fethullah Gulen is an Islamic scholar, preacher and social advocate. SAYLORSBURG, Pa. Fethullah Gulen The Washington Post As the presidents of the United States and Turkey meet at the White House on Tuesday, the leader of the country I have called home for almost two decades comes face to face with the leader of my homeland. The two countries have a lot at stake, including the fight against the Islamic State, the future of Syria and the refugee… Fethullah Gulen: ... Read More »

12 incredible psychological tricks to get people to do what you want

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There are plenty of ways to get people to do what you want — without them even realizing you’ve persuaded them. The Power of Ideas Ideapod blog  Whether you want people to like you, to agree with you, or to buy your products, use these tips to feel more powerful in your everyday interactions 1) The Conversation Conditioner You can have real fun with this trick. When talking to… 12 incredible psychological… Read More »

I acted as a man to get work – until I was accused of rape

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Pili Hussein wanted to make her fortune prospecting for a precious stone that’s said to be a thousand times rarer than diamonds, but since women weren’t allowed down the mines she dressed up as man and fooled her male colleagues for almost a decade. Sarah McDermott BBC Pili Hussein grew up in a large family in Tanzania. The daughter of a… I acted as… Read More »

Kuwait raises $4 million for debt convicts

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Kuwaitis have donated around $4 million in a matter of hours in a fund-raising campaign to help secure the release of Kuwaiti prisoners convicted for failing to pay their financial dues. Gulf Insider Minister of State for Municipal Affairs Mohammad Al Jabri said the fund-raising campaign aimed to alleviate the financial burdens on… The campaign, organised by Zakat House in collaboration with the… Kuwait raises $4… Read More »