Tory Shepherd: Should we help paedophiles? What choice do we have?

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IF people are born straight, or gay, is it possible that paedophiles can’t help being what they are? Virtuous paedophiles: Support group to stop them acting on their urges Tony Shepherd The Advertiser Evidence shows that it might be true; paedophiles are born that way. Recent research suggests some faulty wiring in the brain. Things about children that are meant ... Read More »

Just slip out the back, Jack

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We’re wired to get over romantic break ups SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY ST. LOUIS – A Saint Louis University research review article suggests people are hardwired to fall out of love and move onto new romantic relationships. “Our review of the literature suggests we have a mechanism in our brains designed by natural selection to pull us through a very tumultuous ... Read More »

Political liberals display greater happiness, UCI study finds

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Results contradict earlier self-reports of higher spirits among conservatives UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA – IRVINE AAAS and EurekAlert! Irvine, Calif. – What does it mean to be happy? Is it how happy you say you are, or is it how happy you act? Previous research has found that political conservatives report being happier than political liberals. But UC Irvine psychologists have ... Read More »

Alzheimer’s breakthrough uses ultrasound technology

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The University of Queensland - Queensland scientists have found that non-invasive ultrasound technology can be used to treat Alzheimer’s disease and restore memory. Associated Research Theme: Neurogenesis and neuronal survival Associated Researched Diseases: Ageing Dementia University of Queensland researchers discovered that the innovative drug-free approach breaks apart the neurotoxic amyloid plaques that result in memory loss and cognitive decline. Welcoming the findings ... Read More »

Poverty, not the ‘teenage brain’ account for high rates of teen crime

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AAAS and EurekAlert! – Los Angeles, CA (March 5, 2015) While many blame the “teenage brain” for high rates of teen crime, violence, and driving incidents, an important factor has been ignored: teenagers as a group suffer much higher average poverty rates than do older adults. A new study out today in SAGE Open finds that teenagers are no more ... Read More »

Origins of AIDS virus strains traced to gorillas in Cameroon: study

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TWO of four strains of the virus that can cause AIDS come from gorillas in south-western Cameroon, an international team of scientists report in studies published in the US. News.Com.Au – The new information means that researchers now know the origins of all strains of the HIV virus that occur in people. HIV (HIV-1) has at least four strains. Known ... Read More »

No water needed: Methane-based life possible on Saturn’s moon Titan, study says

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RT - Researchers from the Cornell University have developed a methane-based, oxygen-free life form that theoretically may exist in the cold and harsh environment of the planet Saturn’s giant moon Titan, defying the idea that water is necessary for life. Scientists modeled the cell membrane of small organic nitrogen compounds, and it can function in extremely cold liquid methane temperatures: ... Read More »

Australia Is Closing Immigration Detention Centres But it’s Not All Good News


The Australian government has hailed its “stop the boats” policy as a success. So much so that they’ve closed 11 detention centers in the past year, a number that will soon include Darwin’s Bladin Alternative Place of Detention, as announced over the weekend. Bladin, which houses families and children, will close its doors on April 7, only months after the ... Read More »

Dolphins Colonized Mediterranean Sea 18,000 Years Ago, Says New Study

Bottlenose dolphins 1a LLLL – According to a new study reported in the journal Evolutionary Biology, bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) only colonized the Mediterranean after the last Ice Age, approximately 18,000 years ago. The study is the most detailed ever conducted into the genetic structure of the bottlenose dolphin population in the Mediterranean to date. Its authors, including Dr Andre Moura of the University of ... Read More »