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Social Media and 'Sexting' Are Damaging Children's Mental Health

EwanPalmer EwanPalmer writes  |  about three weeks ago

EwanPalmer (2536690) writes "Children's mental health services do not sufficiently understand how the social media proliferation of cyberbullying, "sexting" and websites dedicated to promoting anorexia and self-harm are damaging young people, according to a report.

According to British politicians, more research needs to be done on how online abuse and other forms of digital communications are affecting the well-being of young people. The report suggests there could be a link between the sharp increase of children and young people seeking treatment for mental health problems and social media and digital culture becoming an integral part of life."

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An Independent Scotland Could Grant Edward Snowden Asylum

EwanPalmer EwanPalmer writes  |  about 2 months ago

EwanPalmer (2536690) writes "A petition which urged Scotland to grant Edward Snowden political asylum will be considered again if the country votes for independence.

The historic 18 September vote could mean Scotland cuts its ties from the rest of the UK and longer claim to be a part of the "special relationship" it shares with the US.

The campaign to allow Snowden asylum into Scotland was discussed in front of Scottish politicians, adding the whislteblower actions were of significance to "every single citizen in Scotland".

Supports also said granting Snowden asylum would signal a "clean break against the intrusiveness of the UK security state"."

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Former World Leaders to Meet with UN to Discuss Drug Decriminalization

EwanPalmer EwanPalmer writes  |  about 3 months ago

EwanPalmer (2536690) writes "Several former world leaders and members of the United Nations are set to call upon governments around the world to decriminalize drugs.

Former presidents of Brazil, Columbia and Switzerland are among the former leaders who have united to call for proper regulation of drug use and possession, along with Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson, former Secretary General of the UN Kofi Annan and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour.

A report, released by the Global Commission on Drug Policy, says it is time to "break the taboo" and admit the way on drugs is a "failure" as well as recommending new major reforms for drug prohibition. The Commissioners are also set to meet with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson to discuss the proposals mentioned in the report."

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Cancer Charity Rejects Reddit Donations Following Celeb Photo Leak

EwanPalmer EwanPalmer writes  |  about 3 months ago

EwanPalmer (2536690) writes "A cancer research charity has rejected a donation worth several thousand dollars from Reddit, after its users hosted and shared recently leaked nude photographs of celebrities on the site.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation reportedly received more than $6,000 from Redditors who subscribed to a thread which featured the controversial leaked photographs called r/TheFappening.

However, the charity has rejected the money as they would "never condone raising funds for cancer research in this manner"."

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'Godfather of Ecstasy' Sasha Shulgin Dies Aged 88

EwanPalmer EwanPalmer writes  |  about 6 months ago

EwanPalmer (2536690) writes "Alexander "Sasha" Shulgin, the chemist, pharmacologist and author known for popularizing the drug MDMA as well as creating and synthesizing hundreds of psychoactive drugs, has died aged 88.

Shulgin was known for discovering, creating and personally testing hundreds of psychoactive chemicals and documenting the results, along with his wife, in his books and papers.

He is also known for introducing the positive aspects of MDMA to psychologists, which in term helped it become a popular recreational drug in the 1980s."

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Coroner Expresses Concern Over Call of Duty Following Suicides of Four Teenagers

EwanPalmer EwanPalmer writes  |  about 6 months ago

EwanPalmer (2536690) writes "A coroner has expressed "great concern" about the video game Call of Duty following the deaths of four teenagers who regularly played it.

Speaking at the inquest of the death of a 16-year-old British boy, the coroner expressed his concern over the game after it became a factor in "three of four" inquests into the deaths of teenagers.

The boy's father told the inquest that Call of Duty was the game he "always" played and had "no concerns" about him taking his life."

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British Politician Responsible for Running NHS Promotes Pro-Homeopathic Studies

EwanPalmer EwanPalmer writes  |  about 7 months ago

EwanPalmer (2536690) writes "Health secretary Jeremy Hunt pushed pro-homeopathy studies on to the chief medical officer and asked her to review the treatment's perceived medical benefits, despite the NHS stand on alternative medicines, which regards many of them unproven.

Hunt, who is responsible for running the NHS, is said to have asked Prof Dame Sally Davies to review three studies which examined the possible health benefits of homeopathy.

A guide to homeopathy on the NHS website states there is "no good-quality evidence" that homeopathy is effective as a treatment for any health condition."

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Ask.fm Suicide Teenager Posted Abusive Messages Herself

EwanPalmer EwanPalmer writes  |  about 7 months ago

EwanPalmer (2536690) writes "A teenager who was found hanged after allegedly receiving abuse on social media website ask.fm posted the messages herself, an inquest has heard.

Hannah Smith, 14, was found dead at her home last August. Her parents believed she killed herself because she had been the victim of cyberbullying on the website. However, police said there was no evidence that the 14-year-old was the victim of online bullying and on the "balance of probabilities" she posted the "vile" messages herself.

The controversy surrounding her death led to ask.fm introducing new safety features to help tackle bullying on the website. Several advertisers also cut ties with the Latvia-based company over "deep concerns over cyberbullying"."

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GoPro Project Claims Technology is Making People Lose Empathy for Homeless

EwanPalmer EwanPalmer writes  |  about 7 months ago

EwanPalmer (2536690) writes "A project involving GoPro cameras and people living on the streets of San Francisco has suggests technology is making people feel less compassionate towards the homeless.

Started by Kevin F Adler, the Homeless GoPro project aims to “build empathy through a first-hand perspective” by strapping one of the cameras onto homeless volunteers to document their lives and daily interactions.
One of the volunteers, Adam Reichart, said he believes it is technology which is stopping people feel sympathy towards people living on the street as it’s easier to have “less feelings when you're typing something” than looking at them in the eye"

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Scientists 'Tricked' Into Appearing in Geocentric Universe Documentary

EwanPalmer EwanPalmer writes  |  about 8 months ago

EwanPalmer (2536690) writes "Three scientists and Star Trek actress Kate Mulgrew say they were duped into appearing in a controversial documentary which claims the Earth is the center of the Universe.

The Principle, a film which describes itself as "destined to become one of the most controversial films of our time”, argues the long-debunked theory of geocentrism – where the earth is the center of the Universe and the Sun resolves around it – is true and Nasa has tried to cover it up.

The film features the narration of actress Mulgrew, who played the part of captain Kathryn Janeway in Star Trek Voyager, as well as three prominent scientists."

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Father Banned From Naming Son 'Wikileaks' Over Endangerment Fears

EwanPalmer EwanPalmer writes  |  about 8 months ago

EwanPalmer (2536690) writes "A father in Germany has been banned from naming his child Wikileaks following concerns it would “endanger the welfare” of the child.

Iraqi-born journalist Hajar Hamalaw wanted to name his child after Julian Assange’s whistleblowing website as it “changed the world”. The German city of Passau has strict laws which prevent parents giving a child a name which may cause them embarrassment in future life."

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Band Earning Money From Spotify With Completely Silent Album

EwanPalmer EwanPalmer writes  |  about 8 months ago

EwanPalmer (2536690) writes "Funk band Vulfpeck have released a fully silent album and are asking fans to stream it constantly in order to generate Spotify royalties.

The album, named Sleepify, has 10 tracks just over 30 seconds long — the required amount of listening time in which a song has to be streamed in order for it to have been registered as listened to by Spotify.

This means if someone was to leave it playing for around seven hours while they slept, they would earn Vulfpeck around $5.39. The band said the money earned from the album will go towards a tour in which each show has free admission."

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Scientists Have 'High Chance' of Cloning 43,000-Year-Old Woolly Mammoth

EwanPalmer EwanPalmer writes  |  about 8 months ago

EwanPalmer (2536690) writes "Scientists in Siberia have claimed they have a "good chance" of cloning a woolly mammoth which has been frozen for the past 43,000 years.

The team believe they can extract DNA taken from the blood of the animal to mix it with that of an elephant. However, the team have also spoke of the ethical dilemmas of bringing back to life an animal which became extinct thousands of years ago."

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China Deploys Satellites in Search For Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight

EwanPalmer EwanPalmer writes  |  about 9 months ago

EwanPalmer (2536690) writes "China has begun using its orbiting satellites in a bid to find the missing Malaysian Airlines flight.

The Xi'an Satellite Monitor and Control Center is said to have launched an emergency response to search for Flight MH370 after it went off radar over the South China Sea in the early hours of Saturday. The center is reported to have adjusted up to 10 of its high-res satellites to help search for the plane."

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First LSD Test in 40 Years Reveal Drug Helps Terminal Patients Prepare for Death

EwanPalmer EwanPalmer writes  |  about 9 months ago

EwanPalmer (2536690) writes "The first controlled LSD study in more than 40 years reveals the drug could be used to help people with terminal illnesses deal better with death.

The study, published in the Journal of nervous and Mental Disease, showed that 12 people who agreed to take the banned hallucinogenic drug during therapy sessions felt "significant reductions in anxiety" about their lives ending."

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First Patient Fitted with Artificial Heart Dies After 75 Days

EwanPalmer EwanPalmer writes  |  about 9 months ago

EwanPalmer (2536690) writes "The first patient fitted with an artificial heart by French company Carmat has died 75 days after receiving the transplant.

The 76-year-old, who was suffering from a terminal heart condition before the operation, died on 2 March, the Georges-Pompidou European Hospital in Paris confirmed.
It is not yet known if the heart transplant had anything to do with the patient's death."

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Stem Cell Therapy 'Reverses The Aging Process' in Millionaire

EwanPalmer EwanPalmer writes  |  about 9 months ago

EwanPalmer (2536690) writes "A millionaire fashion designer living in the Bahamas has claimed he is getting younger because of stem cell treatment.

Peter Nygard claims scientists are hoping to use him as an example of how stem cells can reverse the ageing process. He hopes open a stem cell clinic in the Bahamas legislation passed on the islands allowing stem cell research and therapy to take place."

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UK Police Spending $8m Monitoring Julian Assange Outside Ecuadorian Embassy

EwanPalmer EwanPalmer writes  |  about 9 months ago

EwanPalmer (2536690) writes "The cost of policing the Ecuadorian embassy while WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been holed up inside has exceeded $8m.

The Metropolitan Police has monitored the embassy in Knightsbridge, west London, every day and night for the past 20 months since Assange was granted asylum in his battle against extradition to Sweden. The Australian activist has sought refuge at the embassy to stop him being extradited to Sweden to face sexual offence allegations.

The cost of Assange's asylum is said to be costing British taxpayers around $16,000 a day"

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Scientist's YouTube Account Open Following Aids Denialist Censorship Claim

EwanPalmer EwanPalmer writes  |  about 9 months ago

EwanPalmer (2536690) writes "A scientist who feared his YouTube channel would be deleted following copyright claims by "Aids denialists" has managed to keep his account.

Myles Power said he received a number of Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) suits against him from the denialists after he used clips from the controversial documentary House of Numbers.

Power claimed those who launched the DMCA against him, including the film's producers, were trying to "silence his criticism", adding that no action was being taken against those who uploaded the entire movie onto YouTube."

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YouTube to Remove Scientist's Account who Debunked AIDS Deniers Movie

EwanPalmer EwanPalmer writes  |  about 9 months ago

EwanPalmer (2536690) writes "YouTube is threatening to remove the account of a scientist who made a series of videos debunking claims made in an Aids denialist movie over copyright infringement disagreement.

Myles Power is claiming the producers of controversial 2009 documentary House of Numbers are attempting to censor him by submitting bogus DMCA claims against him. He says his movies do not breach copyright laws because his films are educational and therefore fair use. The 'AIDS denialist' documentary makers say they instead amounted to “propaganda”."

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