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101-year-old Chinese lady 'dead' for 16 hours wakes up at funeral | gbtimes

101-year-old Chinese lady 'dead' for 16 hours wakes up at funeral | gbtimes | The Global Village | Scoop.it
A 101-year-old Chinese lady who was "dead" for 16 hours, surprisingly came back to life at her own funeral.
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Welcome to the Global Village

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This new blog will draw from a broad range of sources to highlight some of the values, thinking and lifestyles that people experience and subscribe to around the world.  I think, despite all the developments in social media and communication, we tend to confine ourselves to 'people like us' and can miss some of the rich (and strange) diversity out there.  Allodoxaphobia is the pathological fear of other peoples' opinions; in this curated site I want instead to highlight the ways in which we are the same and the ways in which we are different.

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Renata Hill's comment, April 9, 7:07 PM
An excellent goal! The more people who learn that all beings on Earth are related -- that we are all one -- and affect each other, the sooner we will solve world problems. Best wishes!
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Woman loses damages claim after falling over Roman wall

Woman loses damages claim after falling over Roman wall | The Global Village | Scoop.it
A woman who fell over a Roman wall while looking for somewhere to urinate after a night out drinking loses a claim for damages.
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"The author of her own misfortune."  Exactly.  Caveat Potator. 

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Science does educational theatre with a bang

Science does educational theatre with a bang | The Global Village | Scoop.it
Developers of a new live production at the Science Museum in London say theatre could be the new way to teach science by stealth.
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Sounds very engaging. 

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Defiant attack victim posts selfie

Defiant attack victim posts selfie | The Global Village | Scoop.it
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Wow.  Just Wow.

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The secret to dark chocolate's health benefits? Gut bacteria, researchers say

The secret to dark chocolate's health benefits? Gut bacteria, researchers say | The Global Village | Scoop.it
The idea that dark chocolate is good for your health is nothing new, however the exact reason why it's so darn beneficial has remained something of a mystery...until now.
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Just in time for Easter.....

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Dogs die after poisoning at park

Dogs die after poisoning at park | The Global Village | Scoop.it
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Vile

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Lottery tickets and long shots

Lottery tickets and long shots | The Global Village | Scoop.it
We humans have a curious relationship with chance. We're prepared to place bets that events with incredibly small probabilities will occur — such as the 1 in 259 million chance that a ticket will win the Mega Millions lottery . Yet, we go about our everyday lives happily ignoring far larger probabilities — that we might get killed by a lightning strike, for example, which has a chance of about 1 in 3 million in the United States each year.
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Why do humans ignore the odds? Because improbable events are commonplace.

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How astrology helps Indian business

How astrology helps Indian business | The Global Village | Scoop.it
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It is always sad to find astrology having a stronghold anywhere where it matters, and to hear people trying to link it to science (plot spoiler - astrology is not science).  I guess there is always a way to separate a gullible person from his or her money.. 

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Rape education targets young men

Rape education targets young men | The Global Village | Scoop.it
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Sad that we need campaigns, but good that they are focussing it this way.

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Snake eats crocodile after battle

Snake eats crocodile after battle | The Global Village | Scoop.it
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Red in tooth and claw...

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WW1 spies executed in the Tower

WW1 spies executed in the Tower | The Global Village | Scoop.it
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"..more people were executed within the walls of the Tower of London during the 20th Century than under the Tudors"

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John Yudkin: the man who tried to warn us about sugar - Telegraph

John Yudkin: the man who tried to warn us about sugar - Telegraph | The Global Village | Scoop.it
A British professor's 1972 book about the dangers of sugar is now seen as prophetic. So why did it lead to the end of his career?
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 "Science took a disastrous detour in ignoring Yudkin. It was to the detriment of the health of millions."

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Norton 'furious' over RTE payout

Norton 'furious' over RTE payout | The Global Village | Scoop.it
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Homophobia - "RTE settling wasn't gutless, it was absolutely moronic,"

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Pope Francis asks forgiveness for child abuse by clergy

Pope Francis asks forgiveness for child abuse by clergy | The Global Village | Scoop.it
Pope Francis asks for forgiveness for damage done by priests who sexually abuse children, in what is seen as his strongest statement yet.
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How can you forgive the unforgivable?  And will the perpetrators and those who protected them also beg for forgiveness? Step forward, ex-pope Benedict - let's hear from you about your culpability. 

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Renata Hill's curator insight, April 11, 12:38 PM

Wow, just wow. No other pontiff has even addressed this issue, let alone claimed responsibility and created a committee that hopefully is searching out and helping victims. I look forward to seeing effective results.

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'Millions wasted' on flu drug

'Millions wasted' on flu drug | The Global Village | Scoop.it

The drugs don't work...

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The battle lines are being heavily penned in now, between the pharmaceutical companies and their supporters on one side and the evidence-based researchers on the other.  The history of cherry-picking outcome data to support a sales campaign has been challenged by the alltrials campaign and the public is likely to be the winner.  To suggest that the Cochrane review is tainted because it favours those who want an evidence-base is mischievous - as is to say we have to stockpile Tamiflu because there is no other antiviral available.  If Tamiflu is no better than parcetamol, stockpile paracetmol because it is cheaper (massively) and has fewer side effects.   Battles like this are dangerous because they provide a feeding ground for the anti-medicine brigade, the alt.med quacks who want to sell their nostrums of fairy dust and unicorn breath.   

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'Selfie' club attack suspect held

'Selfie' club attack suspect held | The Global Village | Scoop.it
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Good.  Follow-up from earlier story

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Afghanistan's first spaceman returns home

Afghanistan's first spaceman returns home | The Global Village | Scoop.it
Abdulahad Momand returned to earth from space a hero - but within three years he was forced to flee the country.
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Fascinating. 

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Elderly couple booted from McDonald's for overstaying land free meals for life

Elderly couple booted from McDonald's for overstaying land free meals for life | The Global Village | Scoop.it

An elderly couple from Virginia, recently given a rude heave-ho by management at their local McDonald’s, are getting a free meal out of the burger chain’s admission of guilt – lots and lots of free meals that is, though not at the McD’s where they were shamed.

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Golden Rice Opponents Should Be Held Accountable for Health Problems Linked to Vitamain A Deficiency | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network

Golden Rice Opponents Should Be Held Accountable for Health Problems Linked to Vitamain A Deficiency | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network | The Global Village | Scoop.it

By 2002, Golden Rice was technically ready to go. Animal testing had found no health risks. Syngenta, which had figured out how to insert the Vitamin A

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"...the delayed application of Golden Rice in India alone has cost 1,424,000 life years since 2002"   The hysteria around genetic modification has resulted in real death, real blindness and real misery so that science-deniers can bask in their power.  Of course, it is poor people who are most affected so they don't matter, because the intellectual snobbery of people who don't understand science must be lauded above everything else.  H/t to Ann Godridge for the link.

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Shanghai teachers flown in for maths

Shanghai teachers flown in for maths | The Global Village | Scoop.it
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The OECD says that children of poor families in Shanghai are on average better at maths than middle class children in the UK.

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Mother labelled 'tramp' for breastfeeding in public

Mother labelled 'tramp' for breastfeeding in public | The Global Village | Scoop.it
A Rugeley mum launches a breastfeeding campaign after being labelled a "tramp" for feeding her baby in public.
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What sort of damaged childhood leads someone to label a breastfeeding mother a 'tramp'?

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Stockwell fire blamed on bird carrying lit cigarette

Stockwell fire blamed on bird carrying lit cigarette | The Global Village | Scoop.it
A bird carrying a lit cigarette to its nest is being blamed for starting a fire in a building in south London.
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Gosh. 

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California can't afford to cater to the anti-vaccination crowd

California can't afford to cater to the anti-vaccination crowd | The Global Village | Scoop.it
The state of California issued an advisory on measles last week. Though only about a dozen cases have been reported so far, many more people have been exposed to the virus . In the Bay Area, thousands were warned to watch for signs of the disease after a man who'd been infected on a trip to Asia rode a BART train. In Los Angeles, far more people than necessary were exposed to measles because doctors failed to report two patients' cases immediately. One had traveled to Asia; the other had been exposed to a recently infected traveler.
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The Anti-vaccine movement needs to be rebuffed with vigour and public safety legislation.  This is a good article.

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Can I be 'cured' of my 'porn addiction'? Belle de Jour goes on the hunt - Telegraph

Can I be 'cured' of my 'porn addiction'? Belle de Jour goes on the hunt - Telegraph | The Global Village | Scoop.it
Porn addiction: we've all heard about it, but have you ever considered what you might do if you thought you had it? Dr Brooke Magnanti tries to get 'cured' for Telegraph Wonder Women
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I like Brooke Magnanti - I think she often talks a lot of sense and she opens conversations that others shy away from.  I fundamentally disagree with her about porn addiction, though.  The examples she cites are not remotely what I would call 'porn addiction' and I have seen a number of clients for whom porn addiction is a real and serious problem.  You might argue about the label - is it Compulsive Behaviour? Is it Addiction? - but the impact on daily living experience is severe and disabling for some.  There simply are some people out there who cannot function without watching or reading a significant amount of porn every day to the extent that they can't live a 'normal' life.  This isn't about teenage masturbatory fantasies - it is a real adult problem.

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Kevin Friery's curator insight, February 24, 1:33 AM

I like Brooke Magnanti - I think she often talks a lot of sense and she opens conversations that others shy away from.  I fundamentally disagree with her about porn addiction, though.  The examples she cites are not remotely what I would call 'porn addiction' and I have seen a number of clients for whom porn addiction is a real and serious problem.  You might argue about the label - is it Compulsive Behaviour? Is it Addiction? - but the impact on daily living experience is severe and disabling for some.  There simply are some people out there who cannot function without watching or reading a significant amount of porn every day to the extent that they can't live a 'normal' life.  This isn't about teenage masturbatory fantasies - it is a real adult problem

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The hidden suffering of the dogs bred to be cute

The hidden suffering of the dogs bred to be cute | The Global Village | Scoop.it
Far from being resilient to disease, many of these cross-breeds are, in fact, far more vulnerable to agonising illness and infection than pedigree dogs.
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Interesting read.  Received wisdom is that cross-breeds are stronger than many pedigrees, but we need to see the evidence for these new breeds...

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Capital One says it can show up at cardholders' homes, workplaces

Capital One says it can show up at cardholders' homes, workplaces | The Global Village | Scoop.it
Ding-dong, Cap One calling.
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The police need a court order to pull off something like that. But Cap One says it has the right to get up close and personal anytime, anywhere.

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