The Daily Populous

Monday December 10th, 2018 morning edition

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When The Truman Show was first released, 20 years ago today, it was viewed as a parable about television and celebrity.

Treating the delusion was difficult, given that patients would think the doctors themselves were just part of the ruse.

At its worst, the delusion has been linked to attempted suicides, murder, and an attempt to scale the Statue Of Liberty.

“These are not people who want to be famous,” the psychiatrist who coined the term told The Telegraph.

What should we make of The Truman Show in 2018, the (sigh) era of the reality-TV president?

In 2018, there isn’t a single person online who isn’t, in some way, operating under the delusion that he made famous. »

Nobel laureates dismiss fears about genetically modified foods

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Winners of this year’s Nobel prize for chemistry say overblown fears about genetically modified foods risk preventing society benefiting from the technology.

Prof Frances Arnold, from the US, and Sir Gregory Winter, from Britain, made the comments on Friday ahead of Monday’s presentation of the prize.

Arnold argued that genetically modified crops could make food production more environmentally sustainable and help feed the world’s growing population. »

NHS told to ditch 'absurd' fax machines

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The NHS will be banned from buying fax machines from next month - and has been told by the government to phase out the machines entirely by 31 March 2020.

In July, the Royal College of Surgeons revealed nearly 9,000 fax machines were in use across the NHS in England.

In place of fax machines, the Department of Health said secure email should be used. »

Childhood adversity linked to reduced inhibitory control and alterations in key brain networks

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New research suggests that exposure to childhood adversity is associated with reduced cognitive control and alterations in key brain networks.

The findings, which appear in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, could help explain the link between childhood adversity and depression.

“Cognitive control impairment is associated with depression and has been observed in the remitted phase of illness,” the researchers wrote. »

Climate change: COP24 fails to adopt key scientific report

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Scientists and many delegates in Poland were shocked as the US, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Kuwait objected to this meeting "welcoming" the report.

The report, launched in Incheon in South Korea, had an immediate impact winning praise from politicians all over the world.

It appears that the Saudis and the US baulked at the political implications of the UN body putting the IPCC report at its heart. »