Steroid arrests to overtake cocaine within two years: Researcher

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Arrests for steroid trafficking will outstrip cocaine in two years and heroin within four years, a Queensland criminologist predicts. Brisbane Times – Jorge Branco, Journalist Bond University assistant professor and former detective inspector Terry Goldsworthy’s warning comes after two recent reports from the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) showed huge increases in arrest and seizure numbers in Queensland. “If you look at the actual ... Read More »

Barry Lambert gives $34m to University of Sydney for cannabis research

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Retired financial services magnate Barry Lambert has given the the University of Sydney $33.7 million – its biggest ever donation for research – to develop pharmaceutical drugs from cannabis plants. Financial Review - by Tim Dodd “The experience of our granddaughter, who suffers from debilitating epilepsy, has opened our eyes to the extraordinary possibility of cannabinoids treating not only her condition but a range of ... Read More »

Australian immunologist Ian Frazer wins international award for developing the world’s first cervical cancer vaccine

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Former Australian of the Year Professor Ian Frazer and his late Chinese colleague Jian Zhou have won a prestigious international award for developing the world’s first vaccine against cervical cancer, Gardasil. ABC - By Francis Tapim and Kym Agius The immunologists were awarded the European Inventor Award in the popular prize category at a gala ceremony in Paris on Thursday night, ... Read More »

The best antidote to drug use isn’t tougher laws – it’s growing old

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The Global Drug Survey 2015 shows most drug users do so regardless of the law, but it’s a passing phase – so what’s most needed is some help to stay safe The Guardian – Adam R Winstock and Michael Shiner Yesterday we published the results of the biggest survey of drug use ever conducted, the Global Drug Survey 2015, with responses from ... Read More »

Against all odds: archaic Greek in a modern world

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University of Cambridge - An endangered Greek dialect spoken in Turkey has been identified by Dr Ioanna Sitaridou as a “linguistic goldmine” because of its closeness to a language spoken 2,000 years ago. Archaic Greek in a modern world Although Romeyka can hardly be described as anything but a Modern Greek dialect, it preserves an impressive number of grammatical traits that ... Read More »

The man who couldn’t stop giving

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What a Brazilian man’s pathological generosity says about the biological roots of philanthropy. SBS – By Sam Kean / Source: The Atlantic In the early 1990s, a quiet man named João quit his job running the human-resources department of an insurance company in Rio de Janeiro and began selling french fries from a street cart. The fries quickly proved popular, in part because they ... Read More »

Sex is disgusting but we keep doing it

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Sex is inherently pretty disgusting: bodily fluids everywhere, strange smells and even stranger noises — and yet by and large we all more or less manage to enjoy it. This trade-off between wanting to reproduce and wanting to avoid bodily secretions presents an interesting challenge for evolution and has resulted in a complex relationship between being turned-on and grossed-out. To ... Read More »

Carrot or stick? Punishments may guide behavior more effectively than rewards

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WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE When it comes to rewards and punishments, which is more effective — the carrot or the stick? A simple experiment devised at Washington University in St. Louis suggests that punishments are more likely to influence behavior than rewards. The results, which stem from a study involving 88 students at the university, are available online in ... Read More »

Australia’s slow digital economy needs government innovation, says Ernst & Young

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More public service news Australia is being left behind as a digital economy and government departments and the public servants who work there could be key culprits, according to a new report. The Age – Noel Towell, Reporter for The Canberra Times Accounting giants Ernst and Young say the Commonwealth government is failing in its key duty to drive digital innovation and put it ... Read More »