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Blood frozen for Defence Force to use in conflict zones under Red Cross trial

For the first time, blood is being collected and frozen, in a trial by the Australian Red Cross, for the Defence Force to deploy in conflict zones. Key points: Shelf life for platelets can be just 5 days, 6 weeks for plasma, 12 months for red blood cells Technology extends shelf life of blood components from 2 years to 10 years Type of anti-freeze added to all ....

Donald Trump hitting back after brutal week featuring James Comey sacking and more Russia talk

What does Donald Trump do when he's cornered? He lashes out.True to form that's exactly what he's done today, attacking the media in the middle of a commencement speech at the US Coast Guard Academy and appealing to his support base.There was no specific reference to this week's episode of boiling controversy engulfing the White House, but his message, delivered during a speech to gradua ....

'Biggest Ransomware Outbreak in History' Hits Nearly 100 Countries with Data held for Ransom

Dozens of countries have been hit with a huge cyber extortion attack that locked computers and held users' files for ransom at a multitude of hospitals, companies and government agencies. How did the attack occur?Attack appeared to be caused by a self-replicating piece of software that takes advantage of vulnerabilities in older versions of Microsoft Windows, security experts sayIt ....

Sick of Fast Fashion? Here are Five Ways to Make your Wardrobe more Sustainable

"There are millions living in slums and I have a drawer just for belts — there's something wrong with this equation."Clare Press, fashion writer and editor, described this as her "canary in the coalmine moment" — the point at which she decided to become a passionate advocate of slow fashion.She cites a study from 2006 that found British women were consuming four times as many clothes a ....

Wire Barbecue Brush Bristle Injures man's Pancreas; Doctors Warn People to 'grill with Caution'

If you're thinking about busting out the barbecue before winter arrives, make sure your wire-bristle brush is still in good nick before using it to scrub down the grill.Surgeons are warning of the potential dangers of loose wire bristles after a 39-year-old man on the New South Wales Coffs Coast accidentally swallowed one at a barbecue and had it pulled out of his pancreas more than a ....

After Bowel Cancer, I understand why People are Tempted to Reject Treatment

Where people who are very sick, and sometimes dying, choose to ignore evidence and medical expertise and walk away from treatments that may save their lives. Instead they opt for alternative therapies that might meet their emotional needs, but are backed by little more than anecdotes and personal experiences. They do this because they are scared and feeling completely alone, but their d ....

James Comey: Here's how the Sacking of the FBI Director Unfolded

US President Donald Trump has abruptly fired FBI director James Comey in a move Democrats have condemned as politically motivated. The decision has surprised many, not least of which Mr Comey himself, with reports indicating the director was not aware he had been fired until the dismissal letter was sent to the press. Here's how it all unfolded. What was the reason? "While I greatly ap ....

Astronomical Society of South Australia Celebrates 125 Years of Stargazing

The oldest astronomy group in Australia will celebrate its 125th anniversary in Adelaide this month. "We are [also] one of the oldest in the world," Paul Curnow, vice president of the Astronomical Society of South Australia, said. At its inception in 1892, astronomy was surging in interest. With the discovery of Uranus in 1781 and Neptune in 1846, the race was on to explore the heavens. "W ....

Federal Budget 2017 Lacks the Silver Bullet Needed to slay Australia's Housing Vampire

Ahead of the budget, and in his speech, Scott Morrison was keen to emphasise that there are no silver bullets to improve housing affordability.He has delivered on this.The Treasurer sells it as "a comprehensive approach" that "can make a difference", but it comes across as more of a scattergun approach.If it does make a difference, it may take a microscope to see it.There is a desperatel ....

Lou Richards: Collingwood Legend and AFL Pioneer Dies Aged 94

Collingwood football legend Lou Richards, who became a trail-blazing media personality, has died at the age of 94.The Collingwood Football Club said he was a pioneer, legend and "arguably the first truly transcendent superstar of Australia's game". Collingwood president Eddie McGuire called it a "terribly sad day for the club, the AFL and everyone who loves football" and praised Richards a ....

Irreplaceable Plant Specimens from France Destroyed in Australian Quarantine Blunder

A review of Australia's quarantine procedures has been undertaken after historic and valuable plant specimens from France were destroyed by biosecurity officers. In March, a collection of rare flowering plants sent by the Museum of Natural History in Paris to Queensland's herbarium in Brisbane was incinerated. Michelle Waycott, who chairs the Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, ....

The Man who Restarted his Own Heart and Uncovered a Deadly Genetic Condition

Darryl Madder was putting his feet up after a hard day of work at his Cairns nursery one day two-and-a-half years ago, when suddenly everything went dark. His heart had suddenly stopped beating. "There's no warning sign or anything, no sore arm … just there one minute, gone the next," Mr Madder said. "Instead of collapsing in the chair, I stood up, stumbled forward and face-planted on ....

Child-porn Website Creator Accidentally Reveals IP address, Leading to 870 Arrests

The full scale of an investigation into a worldwide paedophile ring has been released by the FBI and Europol after the creator of a child pornography website was sentenced to more than 30 years in prison. Florida man Steven Chase, 58, was this week sentenced in a North Carolina federal courtroom on multiple child pornography and child exploitation charges, the FBI said. Officials sai ....