Science, Technology and Innovation

These are the top 10 myths about the human brain

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Fiona Macdonald Science Alert When it comes to our brains, there’s a lot we’re yet to learn – for example, exactly what role sleep plays in memory formation, and how to stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. But there’s plenty that scientists do know, and you might be surprised to find that a lot of it contradicts what you believe ... Read More »

Online harassment is a form of violence

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Many of us have a traditional and corporeal perspective on violence. We perceive it as physical threat: the stranger following you home on a dark night; an unprovoked assault in a bar or on an empty train; or the alcohol fuelled brawl that breaks out in the Valley in Brisbane on a Friday night. The Conversation - Jenny Ostini and Susan Hopkins ... Read More »

Religious belief cost a baby its life. What a waste. What an idiot

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Today the child would have been in Year 1. A happy six-year-old, covered in a constant smile because of school holidays. Maybe they would have gone to the Easter Show, or camping for the soggy long weekend. No doubt they would have consumed far too much chocolate on Sunday, like many excited youngsters around the world did, and had the ... Read More »

When a mother’s rights clash with the needs of her unborn child

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Pregnant Jehovah’s Witness’ decision to refuse treatment ‘harrowing’ for hospital staff after mother and baby die The recent report of case of a pregnant woman who refused life-saving cancer treatment while heavily pregnant has once again ignited debate within the community about how we should resolve conflicts between a mother’s rights and those of her unborn child. The Canberra Times ... Read More »

Russia Wants Arctic SAR Robots

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Russia’s navy commander Admiral Victor Chirkov has called for the development of Arctic underwater search and rescue robots. The Maritime Executive  – By Wendy Laursen “We have formulated our requirements and set the task for manufacturers to create both manned and unmanned underwater vehicles, which can be used  to provide search and rescue support with proper effectiveness in the harsh conditions ... Read More »

Kelly and Kornienko begin year-long space trip

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US astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko have docked for the start of a 12-month tour of duty on the International Space Station. BBC – It will be the longest continuous stay anyone has had aboard the 400km-high (250 mile) orbiting platform. The spacecraft docked successfully at 01:33 GMT on Saturday, Nasa said. Scientists hope to get a ... Read More »

Leave Facebook if you don’t want to be spied on, warns EU

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European Commission admits Safe Harbour framework cannot ensure privacy of EU citizens’ data when sent to the US by American internet firms The Guardian – Samuel Gibbs @SamuelGibbs The European Commission has warned EU citizens that they should close their Facebook accounts if they want to keep information private from US security services, finding that current Safe Harbour legislation does not protect citizen’s ... Read More »

Pope Francis Warns Large Hadron Collider Could ‘Open Gates Of Hell’ 

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Pope Francis pleaded the scientific community to halt operations on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) this morning in an official Vatican release as scientists at the Large Hadron Collider next week are hoping to experiment with a possible connection with a parallel universe outside of our own. WorldNewsDaily - by Bob Flanagan The Pope’s criticism comes days after scientists at the CERN ... Read More »

Digital India Dialogue to map shift from analogue

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As the Smart City programme moves on to become a national project, India’s leading thinkers on the subject will gather today to figure out the opportunities and the lessons needed to make it come alive. The Financial Express - By: Express News Service | New Delhi Amitabh Kant, secretary, department of industrial development, noted that the economy was the cusp of ... Read More »