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    High concentrations of stress hormone affect DNA processes and mental health

    High concentrations of the stress hormone, Cortisol, in the body affect important DNA processes and increase the risk of long-term psychological consequences. These relationships are evident in a study from the Sahlgrenska Academy on patients with Cushing's Syndrome, but the findings also open the door for new treatment strategies for other stress-related conditions such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress.

  • 2 days ago
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    US Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments Over Your Right To Refill Ink And Toner Cartridges

    Printers are expensive. Recycling and selling used/refilled printer ink cartridges has often been seen as a way to recoup all the money that often gets sunk into the cash cow of the printer business - the ink itself. The ruling of Impression Products, Inc. v Lexmark Int’l, Inc, a recent and rather obscure court case, could potentially change how items are used, recycled, restored, and resold once they have been bought by a customer.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    States must fulfil human rights obligations in protecting biodiversity, UN expert urges

    Governments around the world are being urged by a United Nations expert to fulfil their human rights obligations to protect the world’s irreplaceable plants and animals. Speaking ahead of World Wildlife Day on Friday 3 March, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, John H. Knox, said: “The rapid loss of biological diversity around the world should be setting off alarm bells. “We are well on our way to the sixth global extinction of species in the history of the planet...

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    Israel to Amazon: Stop selling Holocaust-denying literature

    Israel's official Holocaust memorial has asked Amazon to stop selling literature on its site that denies the genocide of 6 million Jews during World War II and otherwise promotes anti-Semitism. Yad Vashem's director of libraries Robert Rozett says he has dispatched a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos offering his assistance to "curb the spread of hatred." Rozett says Sunday that Yad Vashem has approached Amazon before on the subject but the internet retailing giant insisted it ...

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    Foreign student numbers plummeting in wake of Brexit

    Foreign students coming to the UK to study fell sharply in the year to September 2016, according to the Office for National Statistics. The study showed 41,000 fewer students came to the UK for long-term study, the vast majority of the drop - 31,000 - coming from non-EU students.

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    Federal Hiring Freeze Suspends Some Army Child Care Programs

    A federal civilian hiring freeze ordered by President Donald Trump has forced at least two Army bases to indefinitely suspend some child care programs. Officials at Fort Knox, Kentucky, notified families Feb. 17 of the suspension to the on-base part-day child development center (CDC) programs, its hourly care program and the enrollment of new families into the CDC.

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    Milo Yiannopoulos denies supporting paedophilia amid criticism over livestream

    American conservatives have expressed anger at the booking of rightwing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos as a conference speaker after footage emerged in which he discusses sex between “younger boys” and older men. In an internet livestream, Yiannopoulos, a news editor at Breitbart who was permanently banned from Twitter in July 2016 for instigating abuse of the Ghostbusters actor Leslie Jones, says “you can get quite hung up on this child abuse thing”. He goes on to suggest that sex betwee...

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    Bitcoin Price on the Rise Again After Regulatory Crackdown in China

    It seems that the drama with the PBOC and regulations in China is becoming less and less significant, as these news don’t seem to have as much impact on the price. In fact, the price is on the way to recovered to pre-crackdown prices as Bitcoin is trading at $1035 on Bitstamp. On Feb. 9th, the PBOC released quite a threatening statement which tanked Bitcoin’s price 10%, on the bright side it looks like the worst is behind and Bitcoin is setting a new price floor at $1000.

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    Marijuana home delivery starts in Oregon

    Oregon is rolling out another first in the recreational marijuana industry: Customers may now order pot from licensed retailers and have it delivered to their homes. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission had granted delivery permits to 117 retailers across Oregon, including 13 in Portland, last year but postponed their permission until last month. “We needed to make an adaptation to the cannabis tracking system to provide a document that would actually allow for the delivery of recreational mar...

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    Teenager pleads guilty to killing tourist in Russell Square

    A mentally-ill teenager muttered 'Allah, Allah, Allah' after he stabbed an American tourist to death and injured five others in a knife rampage in London's Russell Square, a court has heard. Zakaria Bulhan, 19, killed retired teacher Darlene Horton, 64, just hours before she was due to fly home to Tallahassee, Florida, after visiting the UK with her university professor husband Richard Wagner. Bulhan, a Norwegian national of Somali origin who was living in south-west London...

  • 2 months ago
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    Amazon sparks unwelcome diplomatic incident over doormat

    Amazon has been forced to pull a doormat resembling the Indian flag from its Canadian website following threats from India's government. India's foreign minister had threatened to ban employees from entering the country.

  • 2 months ago
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    The CW Gives Early Renewals to ‘The Flash,’ Six Others

    The CW has renewed seven of its series for the 2017-18 season, Variety has learned. The network has doled out early renewals to all its comic book franchises (“Arrow,” “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl”) and to “Jane the Virgin,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” and “Supernatural.” The CW will also resurrect DC’s “Constantine” as an animated series starring the voice of Matt Ryan on digital outlet CW Seed, produced by Greg Berlanti.

  • 3 months ago
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    Celebrity isn’t just harmless fun – it’s the smiling face of the corporate machine

    Now that a reality TV star is preparing to become president of the United States, can we agree that celebrity culture is more than just harmless fun – that it might, in fact, be an essential component of the systems that govern our lives? The rise of celebrity culture did not happen by itself. It has long been cultivated by advertisers, marketers and the media. And it has a function. The more distant and impersonal corporations become, the more they rely on other people’s faces to connect th...

  • 3 months ago
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    Vancouver Housing Tax Pushes Chinese to $1 Million Seattle Homes

    Just a few days after Vancouver announced a tax on foreign property investors, Seattle real estate broker Lili Shang received a WeChat message from a wealthy Chinese businessman who wanted to sell a home in Canada and buy in her area. After a week of showings, he purchased a $1 million property in Bellevue, across Lake Washington from Seattle. He soon returned to buy two more, including a $2.2 million house in Clyde Hill paid for with a single cashier’s check.