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The Demoralized Mind

Our descent into the Age of Depression seems unstoppable. Three decades ago, the average age for the first onset of depression was 30. Today it is …

Raising Awareness for Mental Health Issues Is Not an End in Itself

Dealing with anxiety and depression in college is like treading water. Any moment could be the moment I finally lose track of my coursework or my extracurricular activities, which, for a guilt-ridden student in a high-pressure environment, might as well be the end of the world. There are many …

A Dutch Woman Suffering From Mental Illness Chose To Die By Assisted Suicide

A Dutch woman who had been sexually abused and suffered from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder for more than a decade chose to end her life by assisted suicide.<p>The case of the woman, who has not been identified but was described as being in her twenties, was detailed in documents …

Mental Disorders

'Children doing tests should not cause such hysteria -  in good schools, pupils aren't stressed'

Last week was bookended with red-letter days, or so those who oppose the Government’s plans to improve education would have you believe.<p>On Tuesday, parents kept their children at home, so incensed were they by the Government's outrageous imposition of tests on primary aged children as young as six …

Victorian teen stokes international hacktivist fears after hacking CLP's website

A young Victorian man who hacked the Northern Territory's Country Liberals website and stole the credit card details of 76 party members …

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Students who use digital devices in class 'perform worse in exams'

Study finds use of computers by students in lectures and seminars has ‘substantial negative effect’ on performance<p>Allowing students to use computers and the internet in classrooms substantially harms their results, a study has found.<p>The paper published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology …

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Human Rights Watch Claims Turkish Border Guards Are Killing Syrian Refugees

Syrian refugees, seeking asylum in Turkey, are being killed and or wounded by border guards, according to a report released Tuesday by Human Rights …

Teen stuck in Syria 'stranded' by Australian government

<b>(CNN) —</b> An Australian teenager stuck in Syria after his passport was canceled is being unfairly punished and has been left essentially stranded by the Australian government, his lawyer says.<p>Alex Jones has appealed Canberra's decision to cancel the passport of Oliver Bridgeman, 19. Bridgeman cannot …

It's three months since the Paris climate summit. What has Turnbull done? | Pia Treichel

The Australian government pledged support for the Paris resolutions, and three months is long enough to see which voices it is - and isn’t - listening to<p>Globally there are many well-known names who have raised concerns about climate change: the Pope, Barack Obama, Leonardo DiCaprio, Prince Charles, …

Why the government needs to get off smokers’ backs

But we’re humans too, you know. And if we want to smoke, we shouldn’t be marginalised for it. Oh yes, I’m going there. I’m standing tall for smokers, …

The Australian government wants to regulate Netflix, Spotify and other streaming services

The Australian Communications and Media Authority could be in charge of regulating streaming services such as Netflix, Spotify, ABC iView and even …

Beware what you post: Federal employees may face government scrutiny on social media

By Eric Yoder<p>Eric Yoder<p>National reporter focusing on internal federal government personnel, management and budget policies<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Federal employees may want to be more prudent when posting to social media and more selective about selfies, as the government eyes their online activities to …

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A digital quest: Inside the connected world of 13-year-olds

With each generation the public consciousness conjures up a new fear for our youth: where once it was rock ‘n’ roll, today the concern is that …

London School of Economics

‘Boy Erased’: A minister’s son trapped between religion and his sexual identity

By Jamie Brickhouse<p>In 2004, when Garrard Conley was 19, he entered a Christian fundamentalist program, Love in Action, to cleanse himself of homosexuality. “I was here by my own choice,” he writes, “despite my secret wish to run away from the shame I’d felt since my parents found out I was gay. I …

Germany to overturn homosexuality convictions, provide compensation

Germany will overturn the convictions of thousands of men found guilty under a now-abolished law that banned homosexuality, Justice Minister Heiko …

Ellen DeGeneres rips apart Mississippi anti-LGBT law: 'This is not politics, this is human rights'

"I have something I want to get off my chest," she began, and after making a joke about a mole, she segued to the "religious freedom" law that was recently signed by the governor of Mississippi.<p>"Which might sound good because it has the word freedom in it," she said. But as DeGeneres points out, …

Is Virtual Reality the Future of eSports?

Gaming has become stagnant, and no one can really argue that. When Metal Gear Solid 4 came out, Hideo Kojima stated that he had lost interest in …

The future of machine learning: 5 trends to watch around algorithms, cloud, IoT, and big data

Algorithms. Cloud. Internet of Things. Data.<p>No one can predict the future of technology with 100 percent accuracy. But these four pillars are …

Uber Vs. Austin - A Public Battle To Control The Future Of Transportation

The future of ride-sharing is uncertain in Austin after a May 8th ballot initiative in which the voting public soundly rejected Uber and Lyft’s demands for city hall to remain ‘hands off’ and allow them to operate with less oversight. The ballot measure, paid for and pushed by Uber and Lyft was …

The World's Largest Coal Company is Going Solar

Changing stripes<p>Green is going global. More and more countries are getting in on the green energy bandwagon, shifting their energy dependencies from …

The Guardian view on armed drones: a new code for a new form of warfare | Editorial

Drone warfare is both lethal and real. Governments, including the UK, must stop looking in the other direction. An international legal code is the best hope of a rules-based approach<p>Drones are us. Most weeks of the year, western drone strikes are used to kill terror suspects in several parts of the …

Drones could save us all more than $125 billion

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence IoT Briefing subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>Safety has been a frequent topic of discussion with regard to drone adoption, but what about the financial effect?<p>It was obvious that drones would be able to take over some jobs that …

Drones Are Already Delivering Packages in Germany

In the Bavarian alps, an orange drone waits to serve you.<p>It may have been a while since DHL made headlines here in the States, but it's been focusing on shipping, shipping, and shipping. Now, it's sent over a hundred packages with drones—beating mammoths like Amazon to the punch—and has no plans to …

A Woman in Her Seventies Just Gave Birth to Her First Child

"I had lost hope of becoming a mother ever."<p>After two years of IVF treatments, Daljinder Kaur finally achieved what she wanted for her entire life: motherhood. AFP reports that Kaur, who is in her seventies, gave birth to her first child last month.<p>Kaur, who lives in India with her 79-year-old …

This global warming GIF shows how hot Earth has gotten over the past 165 years

The year 2016 is on pace to be the warmest in recorded history. If trends hold, it will be hotter than the current record-holder, 2015, which took the crown from 2014.<p>You get the picture. Our planet is getting hotter. Fifteen of the 16 hottest years on record have come since 2001, NASA says. …

Climate Change

Coal made its best case against climate change, and lost | Dana Nuccitelli

A Minnesota judge found the preponderance of evidence did not favor coal industry climate science denial<p>Peabody Energy, the world’s largest private sector coal company (now bankrupt), recently faced off against environmental groups in a Minnesota court case. The case was to determine whether the …

Climate Change

The challenge and opportunity of augmented reality

Interest in this topic is off the charts, and tech investors are eager to learn everything they can about this burgeoning market.<p><i>A version of this essay was originally published at</i> <i>Tech.pinions</i><i>, a website dedicated to informed opinions, insight and perspective on the tech …

National Geographic is Bringing its World Class Photography and Filmmaking to VR

With its stunning imagery and commitment to in-depth coverage, you’d think National Geographic is the perfect publication to start working in VR. …