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Tuesday, 23 September 2008 18:07

Abortion, The Law & The Catholic Church

The Victorian Law Reform Commission (VLRC), the state's central law reform agency, recommended in March that proposed abortion reform legislation should require doctors who conscientiously object to abortions to refer patients to another provider. The government has followed the advice in its Abortion Law Reform Bill. Catholic Archbishop Denis Hart has said the clause would force Catholic doctors and hospitals to break the law, because they would not provide referrals for the purpose of abortions. (Source)
Sunday, 14 September 2008 09:40

Girl kills herself over Big Bang fears

A teenage girl in India has reportedly killed herself out of fear the world was about to end because of the atom-smashing "Big Bang" experiment" conducted in Europe...But fears have been raised the experiment could create a black hole that would suck the Earth away, although the scientists involved insist the experiment is safe. Fears about the experiment had spread rapidly through the media in deeply religious India, The Daily Mail said. Thousands of people had rushed to temples to pray and fast while others savoured their favourite foods in anticipation of the world's end, the paper said. PERSONAL COMMENT: I am writing a book on this at the moment so I find this very relevant. The new atom smasher is an exciting equipment because it provides a new tool for Physicist to test out there Membrane Theory of the universe. The M Theory is a combination of The String Theory and the Theory of Super Gravity. If they can successfully smash atoms and are able to locate a graviton, disappearing to another dimension, it would be very good evidence to show that the theory is correct. If the theory is correct, then we can have an explanation behind what happened before the Big Bang. It will tie in many mysteries and we will have a scientific Theory of everything that Albert Einstein, himself, dedicated the last years of his life in finding.
Published in Scientific Advances
Wednesday, 03 September 2008 18:54

Egypt voices: Sexual harassment

Seven Egyptian women talk about their experience of sexual harassment on the streets of Cairo. It is an increasingly common problem, with a recent survey suggesting more than four out of five women have been sexually harassed, while nearly two-thirds of men admitted assaulting women. (Source)
Wednesday, 03 September 2008 18:50

Exercise 'tackles flawed memory'

Exercise may help improve mental performance in adults with mild memory problems, research suggests.... Writing in the journal, the researchers said:

"Unlike medication, which was found to have no significant effect on mild cognitive impairment at 36 months, physical activity has the advantage of health benefits that are not confined to cognitive function alone, as suggested by findings on depression, quality of life, falls, cardiovascular function, and disability."

Published in Scientific Advances
Thursday, 28 August 2008 09:53

Muslim convicted over teen floggings

A British court found a devout Muslim guilty of cruelty today for forcing two teenagers to flog themselves until their backs bled during a Shia religious ceremony. A jury at Manchester Crown Court convicted Syed Mustafa Zaidi, 44, on two counts of child cruelty over the incidents, during a ceremony in January to commemorate the death of the spiritual leader of Shia Muslims. (Source)
Thursday, 28 August 2008 09:51

Disabled siblings hidden for 40 years

A Palestinian couple locked their disabled son and daughter in two stinking, urine-stained rooms for four decades out of fear they would ruin the marriage prospects of a healthy child if discovered, police said today... Last year, a 17-year-old youth with mental disabilities who was thrown into a large garbage bin. The boy had scars on his stomach, neck, hands and feet where he'd apparently been tied up...The siblings' father, Ibrahim Musalmeh, married his first cousin decades ago and had eight children - five disabled children who died in childhood, Nawal and Bassam, and another son, who has since married... Arab communities often favour marriages between first cousins as a way of keeping inheritances within the family. It is not considered incest, and there is little awareness that marriage between close relatives increases the chances of having children with disabilities. (Source)
Published in Scientific Advances
Friday, 08 August 2008 08:37

What Some People Believe

Sam Harris talks about the beliefs of many Americans.
Friday, 01 August 2008 08:03

Martian soil 'could support life'

Martian soil appears to contain sufficient nutrients to support life - or, at least, asparagus - Nasa scientists believe. Preliminary analysis by the $420m (?210m) Phoenix Mars Lander mission on the planet's soil found it to be much more alkaline than expected... "We basically have found what appears to be the requirements, the nutrients, to support life, whether past, present or future," said Tufts University's Professor Sam Kounaves. (Source)
Published in Scientific Advances
Friday, 01 August 2008 08:01

Nasa's lander samples Mars water

Nasa's Phoenix lander spacecraft has for the first time identified water in a sample of soil collected from the planet's surface...Scientists will now be able to begin studying the sample to see whether the planet was ever, or is, habitable. (Source) PERSONAL COMMENT: This is a breakthrough. Water, one of the most crucial ingredients of life, is actually found on another planet!
Published in Scientific Advances
A DEADLY 17-bomb terrorist attack on the Indian city of Ahmedabad just one day after eight blasts rocked the southern city of Bangalore has left Indians wondering which city will be targeted next. Up to 45 people were killed and about 150 injured in Ahmedabad, the largest city in the western state of Gujarat, when bombs went off across the city over 70 minutes on Saturday night. This followed a 35-minute series of bomb blasts across Bangalore on Friday afternoon which left two dead. (Source)