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Rolf Harris — Crimen Exceptum

By Alexander Baron

On March 17, Rolf Harris appeared at a Central London magistrates court where he was formally charged with seven counts of indecent assault, all historical offences. The complainants (notice that important word, complainants, not victims) were aged between 12 and 27 years old at the times of the alleged offences. One woman is blind, suffers […]

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Son Of Sam And The End Of Ultimate Evil

By Alexander Baron

If you haven’’t heard of Son of Sam, it must be because you are both too young to remember him and are not a crime buff. Although he murdered only six people, David Berkowitz has achieved a notoriety out of all proportion when one considers the death toll of many of his ilk. Berkowitz is […]

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Family And Community Affect Children’s Health

By Tim Sandle

It may not be that surprising, but a new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that healthcare, family and community factors impact upon the mental health and behavior of children in early childhood. Examining data collated between 2001 and 2012, medical researchers found that 1 out of 7 U.S. […]

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A British Take on Aerial Drones

By Bradley Young

While on a recent trip over in Britain I was surprised at the amount of media coverage that is currently being dedicated to drones, or quadcopters, as some folks prefer to call them. Once the forte of the military, drones are now evident in a wide range of industries and everyday life. While they have […]

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Will the US Resume Hazardous Virus Experiments?

By Tim Sandle

Scientists and policy makers are discussing whether studies that have the potential to create virulent and transmissible forms of viruses should be allowed to recommence in the US. Such studies, due to the fear of a virus being released into the community, have been suspended for a couple of years. Selective experiments on viruses, like […]

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New Antibody Treatment For Avian Flu

By Tim Sandle

Scientists from the Vanderbilt University Medical Center have isolated human antibodies against a specific type of bird flu (H7N9 strain). This type of bird flu has killed in excess of 200 people in China since 2012. The influenza poses a risk for the future, in terms of a pandemic threat. Avian flu, according to the […]

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Fighting The Bean Blight That Damages Crops

By Tim Sandle

A disease called common blight, caused by bacteria of the Xanthomonas genus, affects the yield and quality of bean crops. Tackling this global disease with chemicals has proven to be difficult and costly, plus there is the issue of the effect of crop chemicals on the general environment. New research suggests the disease can be resisted by […]

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Tackling Zika By Altering Mosquito Mating Patterns

By Tim Sandle

Scientists are considering attempting to influence mosquito mating patterns in a bid to slowdown the spread of Zika virus disease. The viral disease has been known of since it was discovered in Uganda in 1947. However, it is only in the past year that the disease has become one of global concern. As reported previously […]

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Chris R. Tame (1949-2006)

By Alexander Baron

Chris Tame died ten years ago today; the founder and head of the Libertarian Alliance was a fitness fanatic who was, ironically, struck down with a rare and particularly virulent form of bone cancer that to his life at the relatively young age of 56. Although his personal life was not a success – he […]

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