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Friday December 21st, 2018 morning edition

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A Bill that will give women access to abortion for the first time in the history of the State has been signed into law by President Michael D Higgins.

A statement released by Áras an Uachtaráin on Thursday evening said: “Having considered the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill 2018, the President has signed the Bill and it has accordingly become law.”.

The Bill finished its final stage in the Seanad earlier this month after weeks of sometimes heated debate in both the Dáil and Seanad.

It follows a referendum in May on the removal of the Eighth Amendment from the Constitution, which guaranteed the unborn and mother an equal right to life.

Minister for Health Simon Harris will now have to sign a number of statutory instruments to give effect to the Bill now that it is signed into law by the President.

Having considered the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill 2018, the President has signed the Bill and it has accordingly become law.

The remaining paragraph remains in place, slightly edited to change the reference from “abortion” to “termination of pregnancy”. »

There's a biological reason why some people get chills down their spine when they listen to music and others don't

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For some, listening to a certain track can send shivers down their spine, and goosebumps appear on their skin.

The researchers studied 20 students, half of which reported experiencing chills when listening to music.

They used Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) — MRI scans which map out the brain — to examine the differences between the two groups. »

France Protests: Police Threaten to Join Protesters, Demand Better Pay and Conditions

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On Wednesday, French officials met with police trade union leaders to work out a deal to soothe anger in law enforcement ranks regarding overwork, unpaid overtime and difficult working conditions, Le Monde reported.

But some activists are calling on police to walk out on government negotiations, close down police stations and join the “gilets jaunes”—or yellow vest—protesters with whom they have been facing off since November 17.

Denis Jacob, a spokesperson for the Alternative Police union, said the police are already “at breaking point.”. »

Implantable device aids weight loss

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New battery-free, easily implantable weight-loss devices developed by engineers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison could offer a promising new weapon for battling the bulge.

In laboratory testing, the devices helped rats shed almost 40 percent of their body weight.

That gentle stimulation dupes the brain into thinking that the stomach is full after only a few nibbles of food. »