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." Link to Original Source top
Coroner Expresses Concern Over Call of Duty Following Suicides of Four Teenagers
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." Link to Original Source top
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"." Link to Original Source top
GoPro Project Claims Technology is Making People Lose Empathy for Homeless
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" Link to Original Source top
Scientists 'Tricked' Into Appearing in Geocentric Universe Documentary
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." Link to Original Source top
Father Banned From Naming Son 'Wikileaks' Over Endangerment Fears
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." Link to Original Source top
Band Earning Money From Spotify With Completely Silent Album
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." Link to Original Source top
Scientists Have 'High Chance' of Cloning 43,000-Year-Old Woolly Mammoth
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." Link to Original Source top
China Deploys Satellites in Search For Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight
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." Link to Original Source top
First LSD Test in 40 Years Reveal Drug Helps Terminal Patients Prepare for Death
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." Link to Original Source top
First Patient Fitted with Artificial Heart Dies After 75 Days
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." Link to Original Source top
Stem Cell Therapy 'Reverses The Aging Process' in Millionaire
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." Link to Original Source top
UK Police Spending $8m Monitoring Julian Assange Outside Ecuadorian Embassy
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.
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." Link to Original Source top
YouTube to Remove Scientist's Account who Debunked AIDS Deniers Movie
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”." Link to Original Source top
'Secret' Police Facebook Group Exposes Nazi Uniforms and Crime
EwanPalmer (2536690) writes "A "secret" Facebook group used by trainee police officers shows photos of its members wearing Nazi uniforms or daubed with black face make-up and contains sexist and homophobic jokes.
The group, I Survived Ashford Police Training Centre, is a closed group set up by current and former officers to reminisce about their time at the police training centre in Kent." Link to Original Source top
Scientists Say China's Air Pollution 'Coming Back to Haunt' US
EwanPalmer (2536690) writes "The air pollution which has engulfed parts of China is having an effect on the weather and climate patterns in the rest of the world, according to a study.
Scientists have also claimed that the increased emissions in China are having a "boomerang effect" on the US, as the pollution seen in areas such as Los Angeles are a by-product of outsourcing US manufacturing to Asia." Link to Original Source top
Smoking While Pregnant 'Increases Chances of Child Being Gay' Scientist Claims
EwanPalmer (2536690) writes "Women who smoke or suffer from stress during pregnancy are more likely to give birth to a gay child, according to a neuroscientist.
Dr Dick Swaab, a professor of neurobiology at Amsterdam University, claims in his new book that a woman's lifestyle or area they live in could also have an effect on their child's IQ and development." Link to Original Source top
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