Abortion decriminalized in Sydney after Australian lawmakers overturn 119-year-old law

Abortion decriminalized in Sydney after Australian lawmakers overturn 119-year-old law

Abortion has now been decriminalized in almost all of Australia after the country's most populous state voted to overturn a 119-year-old law. On Thursday, lawmakers in New South Wales — which is home to Sydney — voted to pass a bill that decriminalizes abortion and makes terminations available to people who are less than 22 weeks pregnant.

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Skin cancer: Half of people surviving advanced melanoma

Skin cancer: Half of people surviving advanced melanoma

More than half of patients can now survive a deadly skin cancer that was considered untreatable just a decade ago, say UK doctors.

Ten years ago only one-in-20 patients would live for five years after being diagnosed with late-stage melanoma. Most would die in months.

But drugs to harness the body's immune system mean 52% now live for at least five years, a clinical trial shows.

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Do Mirror Neurons Help Us Feel Empathy?

Do Mirror Neurons Help Us Feel Empathy?

In 2000, prominent neuroscientist V. S. Ramachandran wrote that mirror neurons would do for psychology what DNA did for biology (Ramachandran: 2000). Although he has since admitted that this was an overstatement, mirror neurons have still contributed a lot to our understanding of how the brain works in social situations- especially those that require empathy. But how?

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