Could humans be better than hounds at tracking trails, detecting drugs?

Could humans be better than hounds at tracking trails, detecting drugs?

Posted May 12, 2017 20:05:06 Photo: Claudette Rechtorik reckons Pebbles the pooch has a pretty good palate. (ABC News) That is the question that has been asked by one US researcher who has argued that in some circumstances, people could have better blowers. Key points: Humans have a more developed sense of smell than previously thought, said Dr John P McGann Humans were thought to have proportionately small part in brain allocated to smell But the findings have been met with scepticism by some smell experts Dr John P McGann…

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Costa Concordia captain jailed for 16 years over 2012 shipwreck

Costa Concordia captain jailed for 16 years over 2012 shipwreck

Posted May 13, 2017 09:40:15 Photo: Francesco Schettino was originally found guilty of manslaughter in 2015. (Reuters: Max Rossi (file photo)) The former captain of the Costa Concordia cruise liner has been sentenced to 16 years in prison by Italy’s highest court for his role in the 2012 shipwreck, which killed 32 people off the Tuscan holiday island of Giglio. Key points: Former captain sentenced to 16 years jail for his role in disaster 32 people killed in 2012 shipwreck off Tuscan holiday island Schettino considering an appeal to European…

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Child sex abuse survivor seeks to inspire hope through photography

Child sex abuse survivor seeks to inspire hope through photography

By Sue Peacock Posted May 12, 2017 21:45:13 Photo: Peter Blenkiron hopes the exhibition will help protect children. (ABC News: Peter Freund) Thousands of photographs captured on a smartphone are at the centre of a new exhibition in Ballarat documenting one child abuse survivor’s path to healing. Peter Blenkiron’s photographs are on show at the Art Gallery of Ballarat alongside video diaries and a documentary film about his story of abuse at the hands of Christian Brothers. Blenkiron is seeking healing from the debilitating legacy of abuse that was inflicted…

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Chinese spies 'very active' in Australia: departing defence secretary

Chinese spies 'very active' in Australia: departing defence secretary

Posted May 12, 2017 19:59:49 Photo: Dennis Richardson is considered one of Australia’s most respected public servants. (ABC News: Nicholas Haggarty) Related Story: Is China sending more spies to Australia? The departing Secretary of Defence Dennis Richardson has accused China of spying and exerting “unreasonable” influence over Chinese communities and media in Australia. In a farewell speech to the National Press Club, the one-time ASIO boss has argued Australia should build relations with China, but cautioned there are complexities. “It is no secret that China is very active in intelligence…

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Russia ridicules US political chaos

Russia ridicules US political chaos

In fact, they have been doing lots of both. Sergey Lavrov, the wry Russian foreign minister, allowed himself a quip when asked whether the sudden dismissal of the FBI director, James Comey, would overshadow his talks this week in Washington. “Was he fired?” Lavrov asked reporters, sarcastically. “You’re kidding, you’re kidding,” he exclaimed. Perhaps it was an ill-judged attempt to lighten the mood, but it also revealed the extent to which Russian officials are reveling in their US rivals’ current mess. Critics frequently accuse the Kremlin of wanting to discredit…

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