Opinion

IUPUI prof warns about danger of guns — and it’s not what you think

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Few would dispute that a gun, when used improperly, can be dangerous to your health. Shari Rudavsky INDYSTAR But a new study shows that guns, even when fired as safely as possible, can hurt you. The study by an IUPUI scientist and colleagues found that firing a gun at a shooting range, either indoors or outdoors, releases a high level of lead-filled dust that coats the… IUPUI prof warns… Read More »

Housing and homelessness: a blight on society

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Unacceptable that children are condemned to twilight existence in hotel bedrooms Editorial The Irish Times View The shortage of housing and the homelessness crisis to which it contributes are among the State’s biggest challenges. Despite the Government’s focus on the dual problems since it took office a year ago, there is little evidence of real progress. The crisis is a hangover from the financial crash and… Housing and homelessness… Read More »

America’ is in desperate need of, well, a miracle

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For more than a half century, the United States has operated what might be called a “Miracle Machine.” Eric S. Lander and Eric E. Schmidt The Washington Post Powered by federal investment in science and technology, the machine regularly churns out breathtaking advances. The Miracle Machine has transformed the way we live and work, strengthened national defense and revolutionized… America’s ‘Miracle Machine… Read More »

Noise pollution is drowning out nature even in protected areas – study

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Human noises are often 10 times that of background levels, impairing our enjoyment of natural parks and impacting animal behaviour, scientists have… Damian Carrington Environment editor The Guardian The sounds of the natural world are being overwhelmed by the blare of human activity, even in protected wildlife areas, new research has… The racket is not only harming people’s enjoyment of natural havens, which are… Noise pollution is… Read More »

Stopping the boats is a futile, cynical exercise

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On the day US President Donald Trump launched his air strike on Syria almost a month ago, the Australian government touted the 30th turnback of an asylum seeker boat under Operation Sovereign Borders. Violeta Moreno-Lax Brisbane Times Australian authorities returned the 25 Sri Lankan nationals aboard the boat, with the… According to Australia’s Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton, “about 765… Stopping the boats… Read More »

Barack Obama’s $400,000 speaking fees reveal what few want to admit

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His mission was never racial or economic justice. It’s time we stop pretending it was Steven W Thrasher The Guardian he reason many of us have been critical of Barack Obama’s outrageous $400,000 speaking fee is that it robs us of a fantasy: that sooner or later, the first black president was going to use… That Obama’s project was or ever would be racial and economic justice was… Barack Obama’s $400,000… Read More »

Debate on future of work needs a focus on happiness

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If you’re reading this on a Monday, chances are you’ve just begun your working week. Editorial The Age Did you approach the week ahead with enthusiasm, or is the knot in your stomach already starting to form? Given most of us spend such a large part of our lives at work it’s instructive to learn that most of our satisfaction with our… Debate on future… Read More »

2017 World Press Freedom Index – tipping point

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Analyses – The 2017 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reflects a world in which attacks on the media have become commonplace and strongmen are on the rise. We have reached the age of post-truth, propaganda, and suppression of freedoms – especially in democracies. Читать по-русски / Read in Russian I. Democracies falling, advent of strongmen RSF’s latest World Press Freedom Index highlights the danger of a 2017 World Press… Read More »

The Balkans are heating up again — and Washington is nowhere to be seen

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This month, as I traveled through seven countries in southeastern Europe, I stopped in… John McCain The Washington Post I stood at the foot of the Latin Bridge, on the street corner that changed the world, where an assassin’s bullet killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand and triggered a cycle of violence and war that consumed the… It was a stark reminder of the old adage that while history does not repeat itself, it… The Balkans are… Read More »

Remembering fallen war heroes is insincere if it excludes those suffering today

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Yassmin Abdel-Magied does not deserve nastiness – many Muslim Australians know the tragedy of war better than… Mariam Tokhi The Guardian As a first-generation Muslim Australian, I’ve often wondered what Anzac Day should mean to… The furore (and social media savagery) over Yasmin Abdel-Magied’s seven words have reignited that… Remembering fallen war… Read More »

Aspirin May Prevent Cancer from Spreading, New Research Shows

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In addition to relieving headaches and preventing heart attacks, the drug seems to keep malignant cells from… Viviane Callier | Scientific American May 2017 Issue Scientific American If ever there was a wonder drug, aspirin might be it. Originally derived from the leaves of the willow tree, this mainstay of the family medicine cabinet has been… Indeed, the drug is so popular that annual consumption worldwide totals about 120 billion… Aspirin May Prevent… Read More »

Children are being damaged in detention – Australia’s day of reckoning will come

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In the tangle of debate about asylum seekers some things are… Katie Robertson The Guardian There is no excuse for damaging children in our… It’s been just over three years since I met her for the first time on a frantic visit to Christmas… Given just a small window of time by the department of immigration to see her family among many suffering under the conditions of… Children are being… Read More »

The discovery of alien life may be close. How will religion survive it?

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Encounters with new worlds and new life will present religions with the ultimate theological conundrum. But they will adapt, as they have done… Santhosh Mathew The Guardian About two decades ago, it was quite uncertain whether stars other than our own sun even hosted their own… However, according to Nasa, the latest count of confirmed exoplanets stands at around 3,500 – and… The discovery of… Read More »

Court delivers another humiliating blow to Trump

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A federal judge in San Francisco dealt the Trump administration another legal blow Tuesday, temporarily halting President Trump’s threat to… Jennifer Rubin The Washington Post U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick imposed a nationwide injunction against Trump’s Jan. 25 executive order on what are called “sanctuary… It is hard to overstate what a sweeping defeat this was for the… Court delivers another… Read More »

Danish researchers help reveal heightened Arctic melting

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Latest SWIPA report is dour reading for nations facing rising sea level… CPH Post OnLine Some 120 researchers, including some from Denmark, are part of a comprehensive new report that reveals that the Arctic is melting much faster than… The report, ‘Snow, Water, Ice and Permafrost in the Arctic’ (SWIPA), was published by the Arctic Council today and concluded that the… Danish researchers help… Read More »

Open Letter to the prime minister of Greece

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To Mr Alexis Tsipras, prime minister of Greece Οn April 23, 2017, the Cyprus daily Phileleftheros reported that Greek foreign minister Nicos Kotzias has sent a ‘complaint-letter’ to UN Secretary-General Antonio… Christos P Panayiotides CyprusMail The newspaper then stated that, “according to its sources”, the letter underlined the fact that the named official of the United Nations is promoting Turkish demands and… Open Letter to… Read More »