Party on: More Sydney pubs and clubs have lockout laws relaxed

Party on: More Sydney pubs and clubs have lockout laws relaxed

Updated July 10, 2017 18:35:32 Photo: Four venues in the Oxford Street precinct and two in Kings Cross have had their trading restrictions eased. (Supplied: Scott Bruce Photography) Related Story: Fears Sydney lockout laws are pushing violence outside precincts Related Story: Sydney live music institution ‘The Sando’ to shut for good Sydney’s controversial and much-debated lockout laws have been wound back again, with the NSW Government relaxing trading restrictions for more venues. Seven more pubs and clubs within the CBD and Kings Cross precinct will now be able to keep…

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Comparing technology to drugs: It's not simply a question of addiction

Comparing technology to drugs: It's not simply a question of addiction

By Greg Wadley, University of Melbourne Posted July 10, 2017 18:01:37 Some experts say technologies such as social media and video games are like drugs. Others disagree. This debate is really about whether technologies are addictive. But the defining property of a psychoactive drug is not “addictiveness”, but the ability to change a user’s mental and emotional state. This ability — sometimes beneficial, sometimes dangerous — has made drugs an important influence on the human story. Now some technologies have this ability too. Rather than debate whether or not technologies…

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Melbourne Demons apologise for Clayton Oliver fan spat

Melbourne Demons apologise for Clayton Oliver fan spat

Updated July 10, 2017 18:10:58 Photo:Clayton Oliver was involved in a verbal altercation with a Carlton supporter. (AAP: Julian Smith, File) The Melbourne Demons have apologised for young midfielder Clayton Oliver’s “unprofessional” reaction to abuse from a Carlton supporter. The 19-year-old Oliver was accused of threatening the Blues supporter after a brief but animated exchange on the boundary fence during the second term of Sunday’s AFL match at the MCG. The Demons on Monday afternoon said Oliver had accepted fault over the incident and acknowledged no profanities had been used….

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Research raises hopes for gonorrhea vaccine

Research raises hopes for gonorrhea vaccine

Scientists say the results provide fresh inspiration for developing a specific vaccine against the STD, which causes about 78 million new cases worldwide each year. “The emergence of completely drug-resistant gonorrhoea is a major concern,” Dr. Helen Petousis-Harris, lead author of the new study and a senior lecturer at the University of Auckland, wrote in an email. She explained that “even moderate protection” against the sexually transmitted disease could have significant impact because the bacteria that cause it “are very tricky.” They develop resistance to drugs by transferring genes in…

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ISIS' reign of terror has left permanent stain on Mosul

ISIS' reign of terror has left permanent stain on Mosul

These were common scenes experienced by Mosul’s residents under nearly three years of ISIS rule. But Sunday, Iraqi forces declared the city free from the grip of ISIS and its regime of terror. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived in what he described as the “liberated city of Mosul” on Sunday and congratulated “the heroic fighters and the Iraqi people in achieving this great victory.” And yet, skepticism remained with state TV reporting that ISIS militants were still holding out in one neighborhood of the city. While the Iraqi-led coalition…

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