Suicide Prevention Australia has asked the federal government to do more to regulate the gambling industry, particularly when it comes to the behind-the-scenes data-sharing arrangements betting platforms have with one another. The Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications is currently looking into the online gambling space. The focus of the inquiry are the amendments to the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 that would prevent interactive gambling service providers from accepting payments by credit card, creating a criminal offence and civil penalty provision for those that do so, to be overseen and enforced by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). But in its submission [PDF] to the inquiry, Suicide Prevention Australia has highlighted simply blocking credit card use is not enough to curtail the domino effects a gambling problem can have. "While we welcome the reforms in this amendment, we believe the Commonwealth government should go … [Read more...] about Suicide prevention body calls for gambling platform data-sharing practices to be reined in
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In the 60 years since they made history, astronaut Alan Shepard's spacesuit and Mercury capsule logged more miles than they did on the first U.S. human spaceflight. Now, six decades after they flew, the Smithsonian is preparing both artifacts for their first long-term exhibition together. Launched on May 5, 1961, Shepard's Mercury-Redstone 3 suborbital mission reached just 115 miles (185 kilometers) high, but the 15-minute flight marked a significant step towards the U.S. catching up with the Soviet Union, which had sent the first satellite and the first human into space . Sometimes overlooked for the longer missions that followed, Shepard's feat on "Freedom 7" — the name he gave his spacecraft — set the stage for the race to the moon. "This was our earliest space trip in America, and that is a very pivotal moment in history," said Raina Chao, a conservator at the National Air and Space Museum. "We had pivotal moments in flight, and here was the first one in space." … [Read more...] about Smithsonian inspects first US astronaut’s space capsule, suit 60 years on
Apple’s Night Shift feature, which it says “may help you get a better night’s sleep,” doesn’t appear to live up to its claim, according to new research. Because exposure to blue light affects the regulation of sleep cycles, the hope is that Night Shift, which filters blue light from screens after sunset, will make falling asleep easier. But as a recent study shows, sleep is weird and complicated, and a single phone feature likely won’t do much to combat sleepless nights. The study, published in Sleep Health , tracked the sleep of 167 young adults for one week. People were divided into three groups: one that used their phones for an hour before bed with Night Shift turned on, one that did the same with Night Shift turned off, and one that didn’t use their phones at all before bed. “In the whole sample, there were no differences across the three groups,” said Chad Jensen, the lead researcher of the study, in a press release . “Night Shift is not superior to using your phone … [Read more...] about Apple’s Night Shift is no match for the complexities of sleep
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California's iconic trees, the giant sequoias, may sail through the state's current extreme drought. The huge trees survived even drier conditions during their long lives, studies show. The oldest sequoias live for more than 3,000 years. But will giant sequoias still be around as California's climate shifts under the influence of global warming? It's hard to know — there are still too many unsolved mysteries about these massive trees, many scientists say. Even during California's last serious drought, in the 1970s, giant sequoias started growing faster, though no one is sure what is driving the gains. But climate models forecast even warmer and drier conditions by 2100 for California, which could make the sequoias' mountain soil too parched for the world's biggest trees . To better understand how to protect and preserve giant sequoias, scientists are looking at how sequoias live today, and where they lived in the past. "We're particularly concerned about … [Read more...] about Will Iconic Sequoias Fall to Climate Change?
The strange weather patterns aren’t just happening in the Midwest and Eastern United States. Australia experienced a major heat wave this week across the northeast state of Queensland, with temperatures reaching 135 degrees Fahrenheit. Humans weren't the only ones suffering from the extreme heat after The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals confirmed that 100,000 bats fell to the ground and died on impact, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation . Many residents found these fallen bats spread across their property — such as Dayboro resident Murray Paas in a YouTube video posted on Jan 4. See also: 20 Arctic Photos From the Midst of the Polar Vortex Bat Conservation & Rescue Queensland President Louise Sanders told The Courier Mail that “[a]nything over 43 degrees Celsius (109 degrees Fahrenheit) and [the bats] just fall.” While some of the fallen bats died on impact, some remain alive — even though they appear dead. Queensland … [Read more...] about Forget the Polar Vortex: Heat Wave Kills 100,000 Bats in Australia