Monthly Archives: August 2016

Democratising DNA testing

“Helix thinks it can decode the most important part of a person’s genome—all 20,000 genes and a few other bits—at a cost of about $100” Continue reading

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Dairy alternative is made from real milk proteins – but no cows required

“Early data suggests their animal-free milk process could use 98 percent less water and 91 percent less land, and could emit 84 percent less carbon compared to traditional milk production,” says Leber. Continue reading

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23andMe Sells Data for Drug Search

“To some, 23andMe’s strategy is controversial for the way it treats personal data as a commodity. Even the U.S. government is catching up. President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative will begin inviting citizens to join its own one-million-strong database this year.” Continue reading

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Housing benefit pumped into the private rented sector is dead money

“housing benefit pumped into the private rented sector is also dead money. Paying rent to your local council means the money is reinvested, in housing and other services.” Continue reading

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New way to learn skills twice as fast

“”If you practise a slightly modified version of a task you want to master, you actually learn more and faster than if you just keep practising the exact same thing multiple times in a row,”

Lead researcher Pablo Celnik, Johns Hopkins University. Continue reading

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President Barack Obama on Feminism

“It’s important for them to see role models out in the world who climb to the highest levels of whatever field they choose. And yes, it’s important that their dad is a feminist, because now that’s what they expect of all men.” Continue reading

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The Decline of War

“All of the war in the world is now contained to an arc stretching from Nigeria to Pakistan, containing less than a sixth of the world’s population. If you can tear your attention away from the 24 hour news cycle, you’ll be astonished to hear that we are experiencing one of the least discussed, yet most remarkable cultural shifts of all time: war, one of our species’ most abiding and defining social practices, is at its lowest ebb ever.” Continue reading

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What justice reinvestment can do for juvenile offenders 

“Not only is incarcerating children detrimental to their development as contributing and functioning members of society, it costs taxpayers a lot. According to a report prepared for a committee on government expenditure it costs $652 a day to incarcerate a young person.

The United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child says detention should be a last resort but we lock Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children up at a rate that’s 26 times higher than non-Indigenous kids.” Continue reading

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George Pell demands investigation into Victoria Police, ABC over sexual abuse allegations

“And I think the days of the Church investigating themselves are well and truly over.

“Cardinal Pell needs to return to Australia as quickly as possible so this can be dealt with. And it has to be dealt with by the police, not by any inquiry that’s set up by the Church.” Continue reading

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