Science, Technology and Innovation

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 »

Decision on coal mine ‘defies reason’

The decision on Sunday to approve mining leases for Queensland’s Carmichael coal mine is akin to “evil”, according to one of the world’s foremost marine scientists. “It defies reason,” said Dr Charlie Veron, former chief scientist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science. “I think there is no single action that could be as harmful to the Great Barrier Reef as the Carmichael coal mine.”… Source: Decision on coal mine ‘defies reason’ Read More »

Doctors urge radical reduction in blood-alcohol limits, increasing drinking age

Access to alcohol would be drastically reduced under a radical rethink of liquor laws, taxes and sales being urged by one of the country’s most influential groups of doctors. The blood-alcohol limit for all drivers would decrease from .05 to .02 and then to zero, while the legal drinking age would rise and governments would further restrict the trading hours of licensed premises and bottle… Source: Doctors urge radical reduction in blood-alcohol limits, increasing drinking age Read More »

Smoking during pregnancy alters baby’s DNA

Pregnant mothers who smoke chemically alter the DNA in their unborn babies, mirroring patterns seen in adult tobacco users, scientists have discovered. In one of the largest studies of its kind, international researchers analysed the DNA of more than 6000 mothers from around the world and their newborn children. Mothers were questioned about their smoking habits and the results showed that children of the 13 per cent of women who smoked daily throughout most of their pregnancy had DNA modified ... Read More »

A New Mental Health System? Interview with Jim van Os

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With one of the highest mental health spending rates in Europe, the Netherlands is undergoing a dramatic rethinking of how to provide mental healthcare, a rethinking now gaining momentum throughout the region. In a recent interview with Dr. van Os on Madness Radio — one of the most prestigious scientists in the world, in the top 1% of most-cited researchers, and… Source: A New Mental Health System? Interview with Jim van Os – Mad In America Read More »

Japan has no idea what just happened to its $278m orbiting satellite

But it appears to be in pieces. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is at a loss to explain what’s happened to its Hitomi satellite, with fears that the spacecraft might have disintegrated in space. The space agency acknowledged that it had lost contact with the satellite on… Source: Japan has no idea what just happened to its $278m orbiting satellite – ScienceAlert Read More »