Science, Technology and Innovation

Doll therapy halves use of antipsychotics in an ACT dementia care ward

Watching loved ones with dementia slowly fade away is heartbreaking, but the use of doll therapy is emerging as a powerful way to put a sparkle back in patients’ eyes by giving them something to care about and hold close. Some may find the thought a family member or patient caring for an… Source: Doll therapy halves use of antipsychotics in an ACT dementia care ward Read More »

Weasel stops biggest scientific instrument in the world

The Large Hadron Collider – the world’s biggest, most powerful particle accelerator – is going to be out of commission for a few days. Scientists are blaming a weasel. No, they’re not using old-timey slang to accuse their fellow researchers of subterfuge. It was an actual weasel. “The #LHC will be down for at least a week because a weasel chewed into a 66kV transformer near LHCb, causing an LHC-wide power cut. #CERN,” a Tweet from scientist Becky Douglas announced… ... Read More »

BP set to clean up with new super fuel Ultimate with ACTIVE technology

BP’s new super fuel could signal better times ahead for the troubled oil giant.. Analysts have given a cautious thumbs-up to its Ultimate brand with ACTIVE technology, a dirt-guzzling compound that works with vehicles of all ages, cleaning and prolonging engine life, improving performance and cutting consumption… Source: BP set to clean up with new super fuel Ultimate with ACTIVE technology | City & Business | Finance | Daily Express Read More »

‘The Lost Book of Moses’ is a mystery of biblical proportions

Decades before the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, did a Jerusalem antiquities dealer really find a first draft of the Bible? The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947 by Bedouin shepherds catalyzed a… Source: ‘The Lost Book of Moses’ is a mystery of biblical proportions – CSMonitor.com Read More »

Beautiful 2,200-year-old mosaics discovered in ancient Greek city

In the ancient Greek City, Zeugma, which is located in today’s Turkey, unbelievable mosaics were uncovered,  dating back to the 2nd century BC, but incredibly… Source: Beautiful 2,200-year-old mosaics discovered in ancient Greek city Read More »

Mitsubishi Motors office raided over fuel economy tests

Japanese officials raid an office of Mitsubishi Motors following the revelation on Wednesday that it had falsified fuel economy data. The officials searched its plant in the central Japanese city of Okazaki. Mitsubishi has admitted that employees altered data to flatter mileage rates on more than 600,000 vehicles…. Source: Mitsubishi Motors office raided over fuel economy tests – BBC News Read More »

These incredibly creepy mass graves were just unearthed in Greece

Two mass graves have been unearthed in the Falirikon Delta region of southern Athens, containing the skeletons of 80 young men, many shackled at the hands and feet, and dated to between 675 and 650 BC. Judging by their less-than-restful corpses, archaeologists have suggested that… Source: These incredibly creepy mass graves were just unearthed in Greece – ScienceAlert Read More »

Tasmanian Labor, Greens push for legal access to medicinal cannabis

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PRESSURE is mounting on the Tasmanian Government to legalise the medicinal use of cannabis in the wake of Victoria’s historic decision to become the first state in Australia to do so. The Victorian Government passed the Access to Medicinal Cannabis Bill 2015 yesterday, giving patients legal access to the drug in exceptional circumstances… Source: Tasmanian Labor, Greens push for legal access to medicinal cannabis | The Mercury Read More »

Victoria makes medicinal cannabis legal in historic move

Victoria has become the first state to make medicinal cannabis available to people in exceptional circumstances, with the passing of historic legislation in parliament. Children with severe epilepsy will be given first access to medicinal cannabis from early 2017, following the passing of the Access to Medicinal Cannabis Bill 2015 on Tuesday, a state government statement… Source: Victoria makes medicinal cannabis legal in historic move | SBS News Read More »

Perth hospital ethics committee ‘divided’ on six-year-old Oshin’s cancer treatment

Princess Margaret Hospital’s ethics committee was ‘divided’ on whether Perth six-year-old Oshin Kiszko should have active treatment to attempt to cure his brain cancer, court documents show. A state-first Family Court ruling meant Oshin is now undergoing chemotherapy for brain cancer, and a second action to enforce radiotherapy is imminent… Source: Perth hospital ethics committee ‘divided’ on six-year-old Oshin’s cancer treatment Read More »

Bob Hawke calls for euthanasia to be made legal in Australia

Former prime minister says he has discussed end-of-life options with his wife, Blanche D’Alpuget. Bob Hawke has put his political influence behind the campaign to introduce assisted dying laws in Australia, saying it is “absurd that euthanasia is not legal in this country”… Source: Bob Hawke calls for euthanasia to be made legal in Australia | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Ancient shopping lists throw new light on Bible’s composition

Evidence of widespread literacy around 600 BC in mundane requests for wine and flour. Eliashib, the quartermaster of the remote desert fortress, received his instructions in writing – notes inscribed in ink on pottery asking for provisions to be sent to forces in… Source: Ancient shopping lists throw new light on Bible’s composition Read More »

Cannabis while pregnant ‘risks baby’s health’

Mums to be have been who smoke cannabis during pregnancy have babies that are more likely to be underweight or end up in intensive care… Source: Cannabis while pregnant ‘risks baby’s health’ – Northampton Chronicle and Echo Read More »

Web app helps public transport users decide whether they should pay their myki fine

Public transport users in Victoria caught without a valid myki ticket can now turn to their phone for instant advice. A new mobile-friendly website, mykifines.org.au, helps users decide whether to pay an on-the-spot penalty fare when confronted by a ticket inspector… Source: Web app helps public transport users decide whether they should pay their myki fine – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Italian doctor may have found surprisingly simple cure for Multiple Sclerosis

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An Italian doctor has been getting dramatic results with a new type of treatment for Multiple Sclerosis, or MS, which affects up to 2.5 million people worldwide. In an initial study, Dr. Paolo Zamb… Source: Italian doctor may have found surprisingly simple cure for Multiple Sclerosis – Private Health Care Read More »

‘Ice Wall’ Is Japan’s Last-Ditch Effort To Contain Fukushima Radiation

Five years after the earthquake and tsunami, Japan is still picking up the pieces. Japanese authorities have activated a large subterranean “ice wall” in a desperate attempt to stop radiation that’s been leaking from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant for five years… Source: ‘Ice Wall’ Is Japan’s Last-Ditch Effort To Contain Fukushima Radiation Read More »