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A Dumb use for a Smart Phone
Last edited 19th November 2014

One Long Island teen found out the hard way that the purported anonymity of Yik Yak has a limit. He posted a bomb threat, the cops presumably got a warrant and went to Yik Yak, and the company fingered their unhappy customer, who is now facing a possible jail sentence. So much for truth in advertising. The firm does have some legal boilerplate on their website to the effect that the only way they will break anonymity is if a duly authorized government entity asks them to. But that can certainly happen.


Pope Says Evolution, Big Bang Theories Are Compatible With Catholic Faith
Last edited 28th October 2014

The scientific theories of “The Big Bang” and “Evolution” are not only consistent with the Catholic Faith, Pope Francis told a Vatican gathering – they are essential to understanding God.

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Caritas Responds to Ebola Crisis
Last edited 9th October 2014

Caritas Australia, along with three other Australian humanitarian agencies have been allocated a total of $2.5 million to provide urgently needed assistance in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The funds are in addition to the Caritas Australia funding for the Emergency Appeal of Caritas Sierra Leone and will enable the Caritas network in Sierra Leone to provide assistance to almost 230,000 people at risk of Ebola.

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Ice Bucket Challenge Brings Attention to Pro-Life Research Center
Last edited 4th September 2014

Few people think of Iowa City, Iowa, as a hotbed of medical research. But in a roundabout way more Catholics are beginning to take notice of a Catholic, pro-life medical research center.

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Scientist Honoured by the Vatican on Verge of Stem-Cell Breakthrough
Last edited 1st September 2014

A scientist honoured by the Vatican for his work in the field of adult stem cell research is close to producing a therapy to treat congestive heart failure – the biggest killer in the industrialised world.

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Cool Heads are Needed on the Abortion-Breast Cancer Link
Last edited 28th August 2014

A Mexican wave of moral indignation swept through the chattering class this month in Australia when the hypothesis was raised of a link between abortion and breast cancer. We heard, in shrill tones, that claims of such a link are “factually incorrect” (blogger Mia Freedman), “absurd” (Simon Breheny of the IPA) and even “an insult to all women” (Greens MP Adam Bandt). With the arrival this week of breast surgeon and cancer researcher Dr Angela Lanfranchi to speak to this hypothesis, we can expect a resurgence of this rage.

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Ebola Outbreak: US Warns Disease Remains Out of Control
Last edited 5th August 2014

The United States is sending an extra 50 public health officials to Africa to help combat the Ebola virus, warning that the outbreak remains out of control.

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Education Crucial to Limiting Ebola Outbreak, Relief Agency Says
Last edited 4th August 2014

As the deadly Ebola virus continues to claim victims in West Africa, Catholic Relief Services is working to fight the outbreak by educating affected communities and dispelling local myths.

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Fertility Treatments Succeed without Assisted Reproduction
Last edited 4th March 2014

A doctor in Italy has seen great success in helping couples conceive by examining their overall health and treating underlying causes of infertility, without artificial reproduction technologies. Dr. Felice Petraglia, Professor and Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Siena in Italy, runs a clinic specializing in reproductive medicine. However, his clinic does not offer in-vitro fertilization, artificial insemination, or other “assisted reproduction technologies.”


New Stem-Cell Method Offers Another Alternative to Embryonic Research
Last edited 12th February 2014

A new method of creating versatile stem cells from a relatively simple manipulation of existing cells could further reduce the need for any stem-cell research involving human embryos, according to leading ethicists. Although the process has only been tested in mice, two studies published Jan. 29 in the journal Nature detailed research showing success with a process called stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency, or STAP.


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